Athens, Greece

Athens is the capital of Greece. Athens is also the birthplace of democracy - in 505BC democracy was introduced to the city state by Cleisthenes. Since then Athens has been regarded as the birthplace of Democracy.

The Ancient Agora in Athens was the original downtown Athens

The Ancient Agora in Athens was the downtown of the city state of Athens. The temple on the left hand side is the Temple Of Hephaistos, and the long building on the right is the reconstructed Stoa Of Attalos. The Agora was the commercial, legal and political center of Athens.

The Plaka District klings to the hillside North of the Parthenon

The Plaka District is located on the Northern slope of the Acropolis Hill. It has very narrow streets, and the ones going up or down the hill are more stairways than streets. Plaka is a very expensive part of Athens to stay, partly because its location in the shade of the Acropolis makes it one of the coolest places in Athens.

The Parthenon Temple on the Acropolis in Athens

The Parthenon Temple is the most impressive temple on The Acropolis, the temple complex towering over Athens.

The Temple Of Olympian Zeus in Athens

The Temple Of Olympian Zeus Southeast of Acropolis is actually part of the newer, Roman part of Athens. You can see The Acropolis and The Parthenon in the background.

The Evzones guarding the eternal fire at the grave of the unknown soldier

The Evzones are elite troops given the task of guarding the eternal flame on the grave of the unknown soldier at the Presidential Palace on Syntagma Square. The Evzones march in a very slow and deliberate style which is extremely hard to do, and attract a lot of attention from tourists, also because of their uniform which is based on a kind of kilt.

The Acropolis at night

The Acropolis is very well lit at night. If you get the chance to go to the roof bar of the Attalos Hotel you'll see this wonderful view.

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