Athens' Best Historic Sites: Explore the City's Many Famous and Interesting Landmarks



Many volumes have been written by archeologists and historians about the ancient historic sites of Greece and Athens in particular. Researchers from universities all over the world spend much of their time studying various aspects of ancient Greek civilization, based on the many valuable finds carefully guarded in museums. Ancient Greeks aimed at harmony between all aspects of life, religion, art, sports, entertainment, knowledge and always honored their heroes. The Acropolis, probably the most famous of historic sites in Greece and worldwide, is a symbol in itself and an outstanding landmark of the city. The temple of Olympian Zeus, with the large surrounding area and the more recent Romans Emperor Hadrian's Arch on one side, is a tribute to the father of all the ancient gods, Zeus himself.  The ancient Agora  played an important role in everyday life in ancient Athens.  Kerameikos cemetery still maintains an aura of peace and stillness in the midst of the bustling city. Just an hours drive from the center, the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion ancient god of the sea, is a must day trip. Vravrona with the temple dedicated to the goddess Artemis is an enchanting place to visit, Amphiareion sanctuary at Oropos maintains the healing energy for which it was famous in ancient times, at Ancient Nemea, not far from Corinth, the ancient games have been revived, attracting visitors from many countries, the historical church of the Holy Sepulchre in Plaka is the receiving point for the Holy Light of the Resurrection  from Jerusalem every Easter.    

 


Metochion of the Holy Sepulcher
Photo courtesy of Nelly Paraskevopoulou

The Metochion of the Holy Sepulcher in the picturesque district of Anafiotika in Plaka originally opened as a convent in the 17th century and is known also as Agioi Anargyroi Kolokinthi. This single aisle basilica has functioned as an embassy...  Read More


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Sounio with the temple of Poseidon, god of the sea, is on many tourist itineraries, as both the archeological site and the environment are of great beauty. Situated on the south coast of Attica at a distance of about 68 klm, the impressive...  Read More


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Vravrona
Vravrona


Vravrona with the archeological site of the goddess Artemis is on the east coast of Attica, close to the beach resorts of Mati and Loutsa, 39 klm. from Athens. The temple of Artemis is amongst the most ancient in the region, and was renowned in...  Read More


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Amphiareion
Photo courtesy of Nelly Paraskevopoulou


The sanctuary of Amphiareion is close to Oropos on the eastern part of Attica, hidden in a ravine, amongst pine trees and rhododendrons. The sanctuary dedicated to the hero Amphiaraos dates back to the 5th century B.C. and was visited by...  Read More




Ancient Nemea, in the Peloponnese, is a fascinating place to visit, with great archeological interest, famous also for the excellent wine produced from the local vineyards. According to the ancient myth, this is where Hercules slew the ferocious...  Read More


Kerameikos
Photo courtesy of Nelly Paraskevopoulou


The Kerameikos cemetery located at the end of Ermou street, between the districts of Psyrri and Monastiraki, is a suggestive area, where peace reigns, even after so many centuries. This was the most important cemetery of ancient Athens and owes...  Read More


Ancient Agora
Photo courtesy of Nelly Paraskevopoulou


The Ancient Agora, with the renowned Attalus Stoa, includes a complex structure of buildings, which in ancient times were used to deposit the state archives amongst other things. Buildings include temples, the Vouleftirion, the Tholos, where the...  Read More


Hadrian's Arch
Photo courtesy of Nelly Paraskevopoulou


Hadrians Arch, on the western side of the temple of Zeus, was built in 131 A.D. by the Athenians as a triumphal arch in honor of the great Roman Emperor Hadrian, benefactor of the city. The famous marble from mount Penteli still maintains some...  Read More


Temple of Olympian Zeus
Photo courtesy of Nelly Paraskevopoulou


The temple of Olympius Zeus, dedicated to the father of all the ancient Greek gods, is an impressive structure which still exudes power and magnificence. The construction of the temple was concluded by the Roman Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd...  Read More


Acropolis
Photo courtesy of Nelly Paraskevopoulou


The Acropolis, considered the emblem of the city of Athens is a complex of temples built on a high rock structure, symbol of the Golden Age of Pericles. The Parthenon, dedicated to the goddess of wisdom Athena is still considered sacred ground...  Read More


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Meet Nelly Paraskevopoulou

Born and bred in Athens, Nelly went on the move after finishing high school and spending some years working in textiles.  For her, Italy was the next chapter. But, after 12 years, it was back...  More About Nelly

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