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Athens: The everlasting freshness of an eternal city

09/07/2016 Top Stories
Athens: The everlasting freshness of an eternal city

In the frantic times that we live, even many so called “leisure travelers” have come to consider Athens as a mere stopover on their way to island hopping.
Even though this stance is perfectly understandable for many reasons, nothing could be farther from the truth.
Athens may have received its fair share of negative publicity as the crisis stricken national capital, yet it remains the principal heir of Greece’s priceless heritage, standing proudly on the world stage as a most sought after destination.

Exemplary facilities
Athens of 2016 can really surprise visitors with its most exemplary facilities in accommodation and catering and seems ready to defend a brilliant history, whether you glimpse at a Monastiraki antique or gaze at the Sacred Rock of the Acropolis.
The cradle of Western democracy, philosophy and science still offers numerous awesome ancient and modern city highlights:
The marble-capped Acropolis, lasting symbol of classical Athens during the Golden Age of Pericles with the wonderfully preserved over 2500 years Parthenon temple, the Erechtheion and the spectacular, new Acropolis Museum. Ancient Agora

Immersed in history
The ancient Agora, the commercial hub of Classical Athens, with its well preserved Doric Temple of Hephaestus (or Thesseion) and the Stoa of Attalos, a reconstructed museum of around 150 BC.
The nearby Mars Hill (Areopagus) where Apostle Paul first talked to Ancient Greeks about Jesus Christ, as the Unknown God they had prepared for.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Parliament House, the Academy, the University, the National Library, the Panathenaic Stadium, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch.

Frozen in time
The vivacious Plaka district, a picturesque old neighborhood “frozen in time”, with charming alleys full of rare souvenir shops, delicious souvlaki eateries and local taverns with traditional folk dances and music.
The fashionable Kolonaki area where you can “shop till you drop” or ride up the steeply inclined teleferique (funicular) to Lycabettus Hill to cherish a majestic Athenian panorama.
The Saronic Gulf, where Salamis Battle in 480 BC changed the course of world history and civilization, and, today, mythical islands still enchant you with their sandy beaches, cosmopolitan marinas, ancient temples, shrines and churches, gourmet seaside restaurants and vibrant clubs.
Rest assured.
Athens may be an eternal city but, sometimes, it can inspire you to draw a breath, more fresh and rejuvenating than the breeze of its surrounding islands.

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