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The National Archaeological Museum is the largest museum in Greece and one of the world's greatest museums. Although its original purpose was to secure all the finds from the nineteenth century excavations in and around Athens, it gradually became the central National Archaeological Museum and was enriched with finds from all over Greece. Its abundant collections, with more than 11,000 exhibits, provide a panorama of Greek civilization from the beginnings of Prehistory to Late Antiquity. The museum is housed in…
It is one of our city`s most popular touristic attractions and one of Athens landmarks. The Panathenaic Stadium is located on the site of an ancient stadium and for many centuries hosted games in which nude male athletes competed (gymnikoi agones) in track events, athletics championships as we would call them today. The stadium was built long before dimensions for athletics venues were standardized, and its track and layout follow the ancient hairpin-like model. It could once seat about 80,000…
Cape Sounion, is about 43 miles (69km) east of Athens, is a popular seaside resort loved by locals and visitors alike. Sounion is 9 km far from the city of Lavrion, the third biggest port in Attica. The port connects the mainland to the Cyclades. Furthermore, it is close to the mineral museum and to the Theatre of Thorikos – the oldest ancient theater in the country. Cape Sounion, the southernmost tip of Attica, was a significant strategic point, whence…
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The cave is located on the east side of Ymittos mountain, above the city of Peania. It was discovered in 1928 by local residents and officially visited on 2/2/1928 by the journalist D. Chatzopoulos helped by a group of inhabitants, who published a description of the cave in the magazine Ellinikos Tachydromos (10/2/1928). Its mapping was carried out in 1954 by I. and A. Petrochilos of the Hellenic Speleological Society. Due to its natural beauty, the cave became a tourist…
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The oldest house of Athens, a museum of itself. Built in the 16th century during Ottoman occupation, this mansion is the only surviving house of that period. It was home to the Benizelou family, and it is one of the Athenian noble mansions associated with the superior social group of Greek elders.The mansion is a prominent secular monument for the history of the city from the 16th to the 18th century. After a great restoration, it was conceded by the…
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The Numismatic Museum is one of the oldest public museums in Greece.It was established in 1834, the same year as the National Archaeological Museum. The Numismatic Museum owns 500.000 acquisitions –mostly coins as well as medals, lead bullae, gems, weights, obeloi and talents- dated from the 14th century BC until today. The richest collections are those of the ancient coins dated from the 6th century BC to the 5th century AD. These are the coins of the city-states, the kings…
The Tower of the Winds or the Horologion of Andronikos Kyrrhestes is an octagonal Pentelic marble clocktower in the Roman Agora in Athens that functioned as a horologion or "timepiece". Unofficially, the monument is also called Aerides (Greek: Αέρηδες), which means Winds. The structure features a combination of sundials, a water clock, and a wind vane. It was supposedly built by Andronicus of Cyrrhus around 50 BC, but according to other sources, might have been constructed in the 2nd century…
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