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Un Jour in Megara, Corinth, and Argolis

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Have you ever heard of this ancient greek historical places, if you’re a fan of Greek Mythology or Greek history you might already have read about them, It all started with a curiosity at the beginning at it turns out to be more and more intense of the stories or myth behind this mysterious country Greece.

Have you ever questioned yourself between reality and the myth about the Goddess, Zeus, Hera, Aphrodite, Athena, Hector, Paris, Adonis, Apollo and many other known names, even if we go into details about the past and history of Greece some of this names will come out, how come people from the ancient period mentioned the goddesses and drag it til the future, what is really the connection between this two different worlds? did Zeus really existed? did Athena herself was the Queen of the City of Athens? what if Gods really existed? what if  there are still some demigods out there trying to survive themselves in this fierce world.

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Well all I can say is lets keep it as a mystery, every world has a secret, let it be, leave it like that. who knows one day someone out there will unleash the truth behind every enigma in this world.

A week in Athens wasn’t really enough to tour all the corners of it, all the beautiful sceneries, the people, the culture, its treasures, its ruins,  its history, It was pretty tough to have a short time in this beautiful city. it has been decided that the last day would be visiting the so-called Peloponnese part of western Greece, getting almost in Sparta there were incredible, stunning, and wonderful temple/ruins to be discovered.

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Sunny morning we’re heading to west Attica direction, we happen to take the non toll roads, where you need to take the short and normal roads of the village and after we had a quick stop in Megara, It was a fine view of Megara Gulf, the ocean was blue the other islands was clearer as I can imagine. Since I’m a fan of greek mythology I know who is Megara but for the real city that’s existing I havent heard anything special in this city a part from its outstanding picturesque seaside, the Saint Constantine and Helen church, the rest is yet to research.

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During our quick stop at Megara, I have at least took some magnificent photos of the Megara Gulf and its surroundings. On the left side as you can see its the trail way and from far island view are Islands of Makronosis, Revithousa, and Salamina.

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Near Ancient Corinth there is a bridge connecting Corinth to Athens,  there were superb photos that I found online and I really wanna see it with my own eyes, unfortunately we passed on the other side of the bridge which I haven’t had a good angle in the car to take a picture. it was desperate sadness not to have even one picture of it.

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Meanwhile we continued our adventure, taking up the toll-free roads to Corinth City, we actually got confuse because the city Corinth and there’s also Ancient Corinth, instead we went to Corinth arriving at the place it was kinda bizarre cause the place is pretty modernize, a lot of cars, building were like same in Athens.

I recheck the address on the GPS and it was actually the right one, but Ancient was added on so as we tried with Ancient Corinth and there I found the real address was pretty far from where we are, it’s actually 20 minutes drive more to the Temple of Apollo.

At last after more or less an hour and half of searching this place finally we have found it, it’s normally an hour drive from Athens but since we had some circumstances causing to be more delayed than expected.

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In this site can be found not just only the Temple of Apollo but as well as the remains/ruins of the Corinth itself, the beauty of this ancient city hasnt faded even once, even to its archeological parameters it has quite dramatic, according to Greeks Temple of Apollo is one of the best examples of Doric Building in the greek world.

Getting to the inside was interesting, it was a big space in the midst of nowhere, only houses and normal buildings around. As we landed in the area, paid 6 euros for entrance fee and get to discover the museum and its collection from the Ancient City located where you are.

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A great way to start the day it was already pas 11:00 am and now here we are roaming, searching, discover this antic site part of the Ancient city, the view of this temple is splendid I could say that it has the perfect 7 columns left standing after all this decades. I could imagine and feel the houses built before, the roads, the people, if I close my eyes I feel like I’m in the middle of the film from Hercules or Odyssey.

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Going to the inside of the Museum, it was filled with different collections of remains from the city, vases, coins, toys, plates, sculptures, mosaic floors, parts of statues and figurines, buttons, and a lot more. As they’ve said romans were very keen of water, fountains and running water are their favourites, that’s perhaps the answer why researcher have digged out from their excavations more of vases, pots, and other things that mostly related to water.

Corinth was one of the famous city for its pottery, that explains why I saw a lot of pottery collection from different stages and designs.

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Corinthian Order is one of the three classical orders of Greek and Roman architecture, the others are Doric Order and Ionic Order, Corinthian was one of the most difficult of the three showing how luxurious lifestyle and the wealth of the city.

Adoring this remains might be the easiest work to do but making them will take maybe a century to attain its perfection.

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Meanwhile on the farther northern part of the site was a total beauty with its pure and solitude ambiance features of remains, since Corinth was once considered as the “city of luxury” because of its wealth, its pretty obvious as you can see the richness of the architectural foundation.

It makes me wonder how have they actually build the temples at the first place, then how did they come up with this structural ideas for their houses, roads, ports, and others. It’s largely impressive.

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The monolithic rock hilltop that you actually see as the background of the temple is called Acrocorinth means “upper Corinth” it is the acropolis of the Ancient Corinth. it is one of the most popular site of the city since it has been the most impressive Acropolis/high city of mainland Greece but unfortunately for me being my first time travelling without a lot of information from the western part of Greece I havent had the time to research and I slipped this information, even after the visit we went to a restaurant nearby ordered some greek dishes and ask for some other sites that we might visit and the man said “you must visit Mycenae”

though the visit has taken more or less an hour plus lunch, it was practically 2:00 pm when we decided to go with no hesitations, we rather directly drive out and hence our next destination is Mycenae it is.

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Continuing our toll-free road at the time being, enormous mountains were in front of us, its symmetrical angles are surely charming, the curves, lines, and its forms were almost identical. lucky to have this view for another 45 minutes drive going to our next stop I’m sufficiently prepared for this next adventure.

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Finally arrived at this place, roads were not that difficult to follow although it was calm not a lot of vehicles around mostly I can see was tour buses and motorcycles from locals. the ruins and museums are located on the top of the hill as expected I can sense a wonderful story to be discovered here, I’m very excited.

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Mycenae is an archeological site consist of the classical temple and ruins, the grave circle A, citadel of Mycenae, and museum its located near Mikines in Greece. The lion’s gate will be the first thing you will see upon entering the main entrance of the bronze age citadel of Mycenae.

The entrance fee is 6 euros person access of Mycenae and Treasury of Atreus,  but if you’re a student is free or being in a group it’ll be more cheaper.

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As you go to the right side after the entrance you’ll find this noticeable circle form of ruins, it is called the Grave Circle A, a royal cemetery situated to the south of lion’s gate.

After climbing up you’ll see a beautiful panorama of the whole place with the view of the whole citadel, the mountains surrounding it and the ruins above all.

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I have read the citadel facts about its time-consuming construction process, I can’t believe that the Minimum stone required: 145,215 Cu.M or 14,420 average stones (10 tons) that will actually take 2.125 days to move a 1 block of stone, imagine how long will it take to build a citadel like this. It’s really amazing how ancient people live their lives like this.

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Walking around the area til its exit gate was exhausting, the place is very interesting, if you’re a fan of new discoveries, reading while walking, this one is perfect for you. Of course reading all the details of every single piece of stone that you may see is really annoying but once you followed the story you’ll become part of it and you’ll surely never stop reading until you’ll be totally satisfied.

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As we go on, we bump into a cave like passage where you can go down using the stairs, at first it looks creepy but once you got in you’ll different it was like being with the Mycenean people working and doing their job. I light up my phone lamp and go one until the dead-end well not really its just that it’s stated “no enter” so I guess that’s means you cannot go on anymore.

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After nearly finishing the tour of the citadel, the tomb of Lion Tholos was on the way, it’s mostly known as “Beehive Tomb” its a kind of burial structure having a false dome that resembles a beehive.

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The last highlight is the Museum, personally its more like normal for me, since I got to visit tons of Museums everywhere but I guess the Museum of Mycenae is special for its very calm and details, its more of a place where you can relax while walking around reading some information about Greece’s history.

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But lastly there’s one more archeological site that we must visit, its situated not to far from Mycenae its 5 mins drive it’s called the Tomb of Agamemnon hearing this name reminds of the “Helen of Troy” movie does it reminds you too? If yes you know what I mean but for the sake of those who doesn’t have any idea from the movie Agamemnon is the king of Mycenae or Argos the brother of Menelaus the king of Mycenaean Sparta the husband of Helen of Troy.

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It’s also a Beehive/tholos tomb, one of the largest actually located on the Panagitsa Hill of Mycenae its known for its lintel stone above the doorway which weights 120 tons that makes an extreme dimension of the door makes it the largest of the world and its monumental shape and grandeur it is one of the most impressive monuments.

According to some information that I’ve found, Agamemnon doesn’t have anything to do about this tomb, it was the german archeologist Heinrich Schliemann who named this place and thus the name was use ever since.

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To end the day a sweet sunset view was the last perfect piece to make it indescribable, for me this one is one of the special tour that I’ve done, I call it a Lazy Traveller’s Way of discovering other places. I’m not a professional traveller nor a professional Nomad I am simply a human who wants to enjoy my designated limited vacations and making the best out of it.

For those who want to discover other place near Athens it’ll be magnificent. just don’t forget your suitable shoes for walking and wear comfortable clothes, especially light ones cause its very hot in terms of weather issues. If you’re travelling via car better pack up your own food and drinks It’ll be cheaper or even via bus bring a backpack with your food and drink on.

To summarize all of my experiences from Athens to Argolis it was 100 percent fantastic, though there were maybe more places we could have visited if I managed to plan it before it started but no regrets at all. the food, the places, the people, it was all worth it.I totally recommend you to spend a week or more and delve into the inner history of Greece.

Score : 8.8/10

 

 

 

 

 

Nothern, Southern and Suburbs

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Imagine your life living somewhere in the hinterland of your country, far from the civilization, modernization, far from rowdy and blusterous sound of vehicles in the morning. Envision yourself wandering in the your backyard with a scenic view of mountains, humming sounds of birds dominates, the evenly whisper of the wind that you can vividly hear, bountiful sources in the vicinity. That would be really fantastic meanwhile suburban areas are in the middle of that quite ambitious scenery, it might be well most likely as in big cities where people became more and busier with technologies.

A part from framing myself into this deep imagination, I wanted to show you the other parts of Greece especially those who aren’t too far from Athens, a peck of taste from other cities nearby who gradually captivated my eyes for its stunning, and outstanding history.

Straight towards the northern suburb of Athens is Parnitha or Parnithos, this Art Gallery Exposition caught my attention, its repleted by famous greek paintings, culture, and other stuffs.

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In respect to the artist who created this precious outcome, I won’t show specific photos, and videos from it, due to some unwanted intentions of other people to copy or imitate those images I won’t reveal them.

It’s a 30 – 35 minutes drive from Athens, getting to the right address what our first trouble, we first arrive at a residence place filled with houses. it was the GPS fault or rather the one who type the address.

A quick visit in the neighborhood, then a lunch in a sushi bar after the rain after we ran off to another destination which is Marathon or Marathonas. On our way, I have a bit of this stargazing outlook on the road, It’s full of mountains, cliffs, trees, beautiful nature, lakes, and isolated houses.

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Lake Marathon is a water supply formed from the Marathon Dam, the Dam has a maximum height of 54 m and a maximum width of 28 m at the base and 4.5m at the crest. It is location at the juntion of Charadros and Varnavas known as the primary source of water to Athens since a long time ago.

Arriving at this place wasn’t to hard, just a bit rain on the way but after seeing this wonderful art Its makes you feel like being in the clouds.

There’s actually a restaurant found at the end of this bridge, it’s called Fragma and it has also parking space for vehicles, and you can eat or drink at the same time savour the panorama view of the Lake Marathon.

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Reaching Marathon’s town in some minutes, rain fall comes crashing again it was really a bad timing. result was we end up having coffee late in the afternoon in a small café unfortunately I havent took many photos from there.

After barging in the town, its time to see how the east coast looks like. I was quite unsure, if it’ll look good as I have imagined, since it was raining all day It might turn into catastrophic situation. hoping for a good condition sea level we directly drive into this place nearby.

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It turned out to be a quiet beach not even one tourist in the site, perhaps due to the bad weather and high tide-water, It was a prominent place, nice view, very calm and pleasant. I would stay here for with a book in my hand sitting just in front of this stunning ocean.

Going to Marathon from Athens will take you around 50 minutes plus going to the seaside that’s about 5-10 minutes drive only, after this short pause with the ocean its time to go to the next destination.

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Another 40 minutes drive from Marathon to Rafina it was almost 6:00 pm when we got there, the place is almost dark without the sun anymore but still I manage to take some photos around.

Rafina is a port town located in the east coast of Attica Greece it’s the second after Piraeus, not too far from the northern airport (Eleftherios Venizelos Airport) the destinations for the ferries at this port are within Evvia and the northern part of the Cyclades  which  are Andros, Tinos and Mykonos.

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Getting to Rafina, via Regional Bus the bus fee is 3 euros only, it will take 1 hour and 30 minutes from Pedion to Areos. via Taxi will cost you 30 euros, and will take 1 hour more or less depending on the traffic and same with car it will more or less be the same as taxi.

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Showing you our route map for that day, going out from Athens to Parnitha then from there to Marathon and after to Rafina and finally heading back to the hotel in Athens. We went out from Athens around 11:30 am and came back at night 7:30 pm.

It wasn’t really a planned tour for that day, as for me I really like to discover around by my means not of going through reservation for tours or others, Car is the best option if you want to be free from thinking about all those bus schedules and other public transportations.

Additional information, going to northern part of Attiki is easier with car cause you don’t need to pay for toll fees, you have the option on your GPS to avoid toll fees but of course you should compare the time that it will take, luckily the difference wasn’t that much so it was better with car. Gasoline price are pretty much lesser than the other european cities plus the distance is not that very far is won’t cost you a lot.

On the next day we’re going to some of the southern part of Attiki, next will be the most famous site, it’s the Sounion town.

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Getting to Cape Sounion will actually take 1 hour and 15 minutes via car depending on the road traffic, it it’s widely famous for its ruins of the Ancient Greek Temple of Poseidon as we all know Poseidon is the God of the sea according to classical mythology.

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The Aegean Sea as you can see here in the picture, was named after the king of Athens Aegeus, he actually killed himself off the cliff when discovering that his son Theseus was didn’t survive on the mission to stay the Minotaur at Crete. Myth says that Athenians were forced offer every year seven men and seven women to offer to the king of Minos Crete, placed those people in the so-called labyrinth and be eaten by the Minotaur.

The son of the king of Athens volunteered to be one of those men, and made a promise to his dad to slay the Minotaur, which he actually did but too late when his father died having thought of him didn’t survive at Crete.

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As what we hear from its history, mariners actually made a place where to sacrifice animals or gifts to the Goddess, (Poseidon) as he is the second to Zeus in hierarchy, he was feared by many of the mariners for he can make storms at the sea that can result to shipwrecks or drownings. As a result the temple of Poseidon was built. The name of an Englishman poet is often mention in this site, his deeply engraved name “Byron” in the ruins makes him one of the famous poet in the history of Greece.

When we finally arrive at the site, I thought of getting to the temple but I don’t know what came into my mind I wanted to explore more the outside part of the place, I roam around taking some pictures until it was almost sunset and guess what I could say I have the most beautiful photos that I ever had in my life.

The ruins of the temple is situated at the peak of the cliff and its has the perfect angle and perfect scenery.

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After some great shots of the temple, I decided to take some pictures of the Aegean sea and its perimeter, the sky was as its finest form, the terrific color of the ocean hooked my eyes, then suddenly there was a ferry passing by but it was very far for me to get a good picture of it.

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Out of nowhere some I bump into some birds or I might say quails around, gathering up like having a family conference. At first I thought of just leaving them alone but at the end I end up chasing them like a soldier photographer, watching my steps til I get a little closer and took some photos of them, up close they are so much adorable, I was very pleased to have a photos of this rare moment with them.

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Sunion is actually one of the most expensive areas in Greece, nowadays there are a lot of massive houses, condos, villas constructed in the area.

The temple is open from April through October, 8:30 am – 8 pm Admission fee is  8 euros reduced 4 euros. there are a lot of package deal tour that you can avail to go to Sunion or even the Temple of Poseidon, around 30 euros and above including free snacks, wi-fi, and tour in the town of Sunion.

for more infos you can always visit http://odysseus.culture.gr/h/3/eh351.jsp?obj_id=2390

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Heading back to Athens after the visit was kinda sad, I have to leave that wonderful place, but on the other hand I had an outstanding experience with the most splendid sunset I’ve ever had in Greece.

We didn’t finish that day that way, we had an over stop in the road to see one of the most talked in the internet, a site where a lot of tourists come to relax and enjoy the beauty of this rare and unique lake near Athens.

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I accidentally discovered this place from instagram, when I saw people talking about this natural thermal spring that can be found near Athens. from then on im hunting to be able to reach this spot.

Lake Vouliagmeni has a labyrinthine cave located at the edge of lake near the rocks starts an underwater labyrinth cave which can be explored 3.123 meters of lengths, researchers have discovered a huge stalagmite in that area. The lake is included in Greece’s national NATURA 2000 network and as a Site of Outstanding Natural Beauty by the Ministry of Culture.

The lake is located across the street of the Vouliagmeni beach, you can reach here via Athens Bus or KTEL Bus that uses coastal road to Sounion, you can also take Metro if you prefer, take the metro line to Ellinikon and take the Saronida Express 122. if you wish to know more infos about the services and what the Vouliagmeni Lake offers visit their official website here;  http://www.limnivouliagmenis.gr

Other sites that you must definitely take a look are Ancient Rhamnous near Marathon, the town of Skala Oropou, Mount Parnitha, Perama, Pireaus, Santa Panteleimon, and many more.

Watch out for my next article, I’ll be featuring Ancient Corinth’s “Temple of Apollo”

 

 

 

Fascinating Athens and its environs

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Athens as we all know is the capital and the largest city in Greece, it has been a city for 3,500 years but its greatest glory was during the classical period of ancient Greece from now has several building and artifacts that still standing. Metropolitan population reached 3.7 million inhabitants.

The name of Athens was from its patron goddess Athena (goddess of wisdom, craft and war), according to etiological myth its name was acquired from winning the legendary contest between Athena and Poseidon requested to be patrons of the city and dedicate their names to it, she won by creating an Olive tree which Athenians accepted and named their city to her.

Athens had passed from Roman to Byzantine when the empire was split, later it was part of the Ottoman Empire however did not became of the independent Greece until 1832, 2 years after it became Greece capital and after 62 years it hosted the very first modern Olympics.

It remains a metropolis which is the center of businesses and a major world tourist attractions.

There are some places that I have visited in Athens, for a week spending in this enraptured city I have learnt a lot of things culturally, and more over people in this city are much more friendlier as I’ve heard from people’s opinion before getting here. Let me guide and show you these delightful experience of mine, considering that I didn’t visit every corner of Athens but anyways these places are 100 percent worth it to spend your time.

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known as Olympieion or Columns of the Olympian Zeus, is a former colossal at the center of Greek capital, dedicated to the olympian Zeus.

Built over several centuries and completed by a roman emperor, its unique columns and layout made it to be one of the largest built in ancient history.

General Entrance: 2 euros,  Hours of Operation:
Winter: 08:30 – 15:00
Summer: Daily: 08:00 – 19:30

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Commonly known as Hadrian’s Gate, it has been said that the gate is built to celebrate the adventus or arrival of the Roman Emperor Hadrian it resemble a bit with the Roman triumphal arch.

To arrive in the location of this Arch all you have to do is to walk until the end of the Temple Olympian Zeus and you will reach this place, it’s actually in the side of the road on open public so no more entrance free to pay.

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Means “beautiful marble” a multi purpose stadium in Athens, listed as one of the main attractions of the city, to enter here is not free at all but not too expensive either you must make a reservation or buy ticket on the place. its 3 euros or 1,50 euros reduced, Open daily from 08:00-19:00 during March to October and 08:00-17:00 for November to February.

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It’s a 15.5 hectares enormous Garden located at the back of the Parliament, the park was used to be garden of the royal palace, eventually the garden was open to public for free admission.

Inside this place you will see some remaining ancient ruins, amazing landscapes, plants, trees, and flowers.

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Is found in the National Garden, the heart of Athens City, The Zappeion is currently being used as a Conference and Exhibition Center.

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The Acropolis Museum was built to conserve and display all the artifacts, and rocks parts found in the surroundings of the treasured area of Acropolis which are essential to the Athenian’s history.

General admission fee is 5 euros, Free entry: 6 March (In Memory of Melina Mercouri), 25 March, 18 May (International Museum Day), 28 October.

Summer season opening hours may vary from 8:am to 4, 8, or 10:00 pm or winter season from 9:00am to 5, 8, or 10:00 pm depending on what day you will visit.

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I have already discussed this site in my previous article you can continue reading here : Acropolis which consists of Parthenon, Theatre of Dionysos, Theatre of Herodes Atticus, Temple of Athena Nike, Erechtheion, Old Temple of Athena, Statue of Athena Promachos, Propylaea, Eleusinion, Sanctuary of Artemis Brauronia or Brauroneion, Altar of Athena, Sanctuary of Pandion and many more.

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Is located in the northern part before the entrance of Acropolis, from the inside you’ll see some ancient columns, Tower of the Winds, Gate of Athena Archegetis, East Propylon, Fethiye Mosque, Agoranomion, Vespasianae.

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The word itself literally means rock” people say the name of comes from Ares or Erinyes, however later Romans referred it as “Mars Hill” from Mars from the Roman God of War.

The rock is situated at the northwest of Acropolis, you can actually see the rock from the Temple of Athena Nike as you’ve at the last photo of mine.

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Known as Lycabettos, Lykabettos or Lykavittos the hill is one of the famous tourist spots of Athens, it’s a Cretaceous limestone hill with 300 meters high. 

There are two peaks the first is still accessible via cars or other vehicles but the highest peak is accessible only by walking its passage. from the top you’ll see a 360 panorama view of the city.

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Is located inside the Agora of Athens, the building is made of Pentelic marble and limestone. The stoa is identified as a gift to the Athenians for the education that Attalos received. The Museum of Ancient Agora is found inside Stoa it consists various types of collected items from ancient period.

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or known as Hephaisteion “Hephesteum” referred to its  Ancient Greek name and earlier it’s called as Theseion  “Theseum”. located at the northwest side of the Agora of Athens on top of the Agoraios Kolonos hill.

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The Ancient Agora of Classical Athens an example of Greek Agora, it a huge location where various types of temple and ancient buildings like Peristyle Court, Mint, Enneakrounos, South Stoa I, and South Stoa II, Aiakeion, Strategeion, Agoraios Kolonos, Tholos, Agora stone, Monument of the Eponymous Heroes, Metroon (Old Bouleuterion), New Bouleuterion, Temple of Hephaestus (Hephaestion), Temple of Apollo Patroos, Stoa of Zeus, Altar of the Twelve Gods, Stoa Basileios (Royal stoa), Temple of Aphrodite Urania, Stoa of Hermes, and Stoa Poikile.

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In addition to this there are more places that you must visit, places where to eat and drink, and especially to shop for souvernirs. like a flea Market Monastiraki, going there was easy from the last located which is Agora of Athens but unfortunately it began raining and I had to keep my camera to avoid raindrops.

I suggest if you would visit all this places you can reserve a package ticket or reserve online, the thing is Museums and Monuments site admission fee are very cheap 2-6 euros only. but its more interesting if you’ll buy a ticket for all of this visits it will cost you only 12 euros and try to look the schedules in advances, especially days of free admissions. except of those places that doesnt require entrance fee.

From the Airport to the city center it will take 30-40 minutes you can take by:

Metro line 3 The trip from or to the Airport to Syntagma station to Athens Center important tip is that you must not forget to validate your ticket rules are very strict and officers do often check around.

via Suburban Railway (Proastiakos) take Athens Central Railway Station (Larissis Station) and Acharnai Railway Center.

via 24 hours Express Bus which routes are directly to Athens center and Piraeus you can take port X93 to Kifissos Coach Station, X95 to Syntagma Square (subway Lines 2 and 3), X96 to Piraeus (subway Line 1) and X97 to Dafni metro station (subway Line 2) for €6 (€2.50 under 18 or over 65) or

by Taxi located at Exit 3 of Arrivals Level with a fix rate of €35 from 5:00 a.m. to midnight, and €50 from midnight to 5:00 a.m.

A private airport transfer can be also booked in advance or last but not the least rent a car i’ll be more convinient for you if you’re travelling with family.

for more infos visit http://www.visitgreece.gr

 

 

 

Delve into Greek’s Acropolis

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The ancient fortress situated on the hilltop of Athens, it represents the political and cultural achievement of Greece in the mid-5th century BC. “Acropolis” from the greek 2 greek words “ἄκρον” means highest point, “πόλις” means city.
It consist three contrasting temples and a monumental gateway, Parthenon, Propylaia, Erechtheion and Temple of Athena Nike, the Theatre of Dionysos on the south slope was developed after and next Theatre of Herodes Atticus was added.

As we all know Acropolis is one of the famous places in Athens, it has been very popular in city sightseeing and all travel guide books has this site as recommended on their list, since this is my first ever exploration in this wonderful citadel I must say It was a bit exhausting after a long ramble until the hilltop.

It was noon after a walk in the city we have decided to visit this well-known unique masterpiece of Athens, but before that we have first entered in the Temple of Olympian Zeus and paid 10 euros for entrance which includes entrance free for Acropolis and its museum.

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Once passed the first entrance, the first site that you’ll see is the remains of the Theatre of Dionysos, located in the southern cliff face of the Acropolis, is the birthplace of Greek tragedy. according to its history Greeks had performed here as always for their City Dionysia festival, it is also the first theatre built of stone.

While having a short time scrutinizing the area I had to take some photos of the nicest mountain views that I’ve seen so far, considering that Acropolis is found in Athens well it’s a city and normally in a city you don’t usually see mountains all over. It was a rare moment to mesmerize.

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Roving around the site was almost impossible the passage to attain the semi summit of Arcropolis which is remains of Theatre Herodes Atticus or mostly known for Odeon of Horodes Atticus. like Theatre of Dionysos it’s also made up of stone not just utilize for music concerts rather mainly in Athenian Festivals and orchestra plays in ancient period.

With its detailed façade and structure of the theatre it also is very impressive when it comes to visitors accommodation up to 5,000 capacity.

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The sacred bastion built in the southeast edge part and the entrance of Acropolis the temple of Athena Nike. considering its name derive from the goddess Athena Nike Athenians in the past strongly believe and worship her to win the war against Spartans and eventually led the people to name this temple and as Athena Nike (Nike which means “victory”)

In later years people turned it into a church and later as munitions store, after many years past it was demolished. however Greeks restored it and began its restoration until present times.

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The view of the southern part of the city is not just typical it is very remarkable imagining people live just in the corner with a nice view of Acropolis.

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The Parthenon is  one of the finest monument in Acropolis, the most important surviving building in Classical Greece, considered as the zenith of the Doric Order, this temple is built as a dedication to their city’s patron Athena Parthenos.

The surroundings was quite noisy since there were some construction on going but despite of that Parthenon is an enormous temple its history and significance to Athenians is really imposing.

As you go on around you’ll see the big poster guide of the location, written the story of the buildings that you’ll see plus the area that you’re allowed to enter or not. there were officers around to check if every rule is being followed, and to remind you that no touching and sitting allowed on those precious remains.

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The elegant building located at the northern part of the sacred rock of Acropolis, the temple was made of Pentelic marble, in its history the eastern part of the building was dedicated to Athena Polias while the western served the cult of Poseidon-Erechtheus according to the myth it’s where Athena’s sacred snaked lived and traces from the dispute against Athena and Poseidon for the possession of the city.

The tour was not yet done after that I had to take some pictures around the vicinity and explore some edgy places to get a full benefit of this extraordinary place repleted by history.

We had to take a break and drink some water that we packed and back on the track again for the tour of the rest of the area.

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Soaring the hill was pretty fun, you need to walk a lot at the same time profit the scenic side of the city and its environs. Of course you must be ready and well equipped before to visit the Acropolis, make sure you have your pair of sport shoes cause you’ll gonna climb for long minutes and bring water or food with you.

On the top there is a free potable tap water, you can bring an empty bottle to refill it there it’s totally free. Toilets are available also and free of charge. It is strictly no eating, drinking, touching, nor sitting on the selected sites, since there will be some employees around that surveys the area.

I would love to suggest you this place, you wont spend your entire day here, plan it better in the morning and have a lunch in the nearest corner or even plan an exclusive tour for your partner or family it’ll be great to have a private tour guide only for you.

For interested future visitors here are the informations:

  • Tickets: full price 20 euros/person , reduced 10 euros/person
  • Telephone no. +30 21 0321 0219 or +30 21 0321 4172
  • Open:
    • April-Oct; 8am-8pm daily
    • Nov-March; 8:30am-3pm daily
  • Closed:
    • 1st January, 25th March
    • Easter Sunday, 1st May
    • 25th and 26th December
  • Free Admission:
    • Sundays of Nov-March
  • Transport
    • (M)Acropoli or Bus 120, X80

or visit http://odysseus.culture.gr for more infos.