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Ancient Agora

The marketplace: ancient Athens' body and heart

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THE LIBRARY OF HADRIAN

Hadrian made a luxurious and beautiful library, just outside the northern corner of the Roman Agora. It was a rectangular building.

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ACROPOLIS

If there is a unique monument that can really represent all our thoughts about beauty, harmony and intellectual strength, then this is none else but Parthenon.

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DIONYSUS' THEATRE

Unbelievable as it might be, in Acropolis’ hill, a few square-meter place, is accumulated the apex of ancient Greek culture. There we find Parthenon, Erechtheion, Propylaia, but there we also find the very beginning of what we call today ‘theatre’.

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HERODEION

Visiting Acropolis does not mean only a journey in time. There is a place which continues making history. This is the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, ‘Herodeion’.

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Ancient Agora II

John McK. Camp II

Director of Athenian Agora Excavations of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens

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THE TEMPLE OF ATHENA NIKE

At the southwest corner of the Acropolis, lies a small and humble ionian temple, made by marble and limestone, the temple of Athena-Nike.

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TEMPLE OF OLYMPIAN ZEUS

The short side had a triple row of 8 columns. 104 columns at the total!

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ROMAN AGORA-TOWER OF THE WINDS

The place’s name was Eretria and it was used already as an open market place, even before Romans.

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PNYX

At the west side of the Acropolis’ Hill, we find another small hill with a large area on the top of it.

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ELEUSINIAN MYSTERIES

"Three times blessed are those who having seen these rites go to Hades. For these are the only ones able to live there. The others have all bad things." wrote Sophocles one of classical Athens’ three great tragic playwrights, referring to the pilgrims of Eleusinian Mysteries.

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The Temple of Nemesis (Rhamnous)

The history of Rhamnous is interwoven with the history of its greatest temple that of Nemesis.

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BREXIZA

Sanctuary of the Egyptian Gods

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THE TROPHY OF THE BATTLE OF MARATHON

Marathon, 490 BC; an army of Athenians and Plateians, aided by the swampy terrain of the area, defeated a Persian force of epic proportions, if one is to believe the figures handed down by ancient historians.

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RHAMNOUS

The Polis Never Taken

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THE AMPHIAREION OF OROPOS

The cult of Amphiaraus was one of the most important hero cults in Attica and Thebes, and the sanctuary at Oropos was the most important place of worship dedicated to the hero in both regions.

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ANCIENT THEATRE OF THORIKOS

On the slope of Velatouri hill, affording a magnificent view of the valley stretching to the sea, lies what is believed to be the earliest surviving ancient theatre in Greece. 

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THE SANCTUARY OF POSEIDON

Ever since ancient times, avenerated landmark welcoming or bidding farewell to those travelling to and fro the Attic harbors has been the magnificent Temple of Poseidon, standing proudlyatopa high cliff that rises steeply from the sea.

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Arts & Crafts

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MINERALOGICAL MUSEUM OF LAVRION

The museum's collection is not restricted to minerals pecimens, though. It includes a fourth-century BCE silver coins and tools

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LAVRION TECHNOLOGICAL AND CULTURAL PARK

Built in 1876, the facilities of the French Mining Comany lie behind a hill north of Kyprianos quarter. Industrial facilities of such a scale were rarely found not only in Greece but across Europe.

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AESCHYLUS FESTIVAL

From June to October, visitors of Eleusina have another important reason to visit the city! This is “Aeschylus festival”, a brilliant international institution, in honor of Aeschylus, the father of ancient Greek tragedy who came from Eleusina.

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ATHENS NEOCLASSISISM

Athens’ main touristic attraction considered to be its ancient temples and buildings and its overall ancient culture as it is imprinted in Athens’ various historical monuments.

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THE INDUSTRIAL MONUMENTS HOST THE AESCHYLUS FESTIVAL

The old, inoperative industrial facilities such as Kronos and the Soap factory are alive memories for the time that they were in function. 

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KRONOS DISTILLERY

If you want to be familiar with the industrial heritage of Eleusina, Kronos distillery could be the most representative place to visit! It’s not a typical plant sample, as its architectonical design makes the difference!

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ATHENS TENNIS CLUB

Tennis in the city's centre, in a historical club

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THE CITY CENTRE BY NIGHT

Vibrant nights in the "heart" of Athens

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PLAKA DISTRICT

Travel back in time, feel the island vibe…in the city, at the "neighbourhood of the gods"

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THE ATHENS MARATHON RUN

The race that never fails to confirm man's will-power

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VOULIAGMENI NAUTICAL CLUB

Water Ski-WakeboardInitiation to the secrets of water ski and wakeboard at the most updated water sports facility in Attica \

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NATIONAL GARDEN

An oasis in the busy centre of Athens

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SHIPWRECKS

At the bottom of the sea between the islands Kea and Makronisos lies the wreck of one of the largest ships ever constructed, the Britannic. Sister ship of the infamous Titanic, it sank shortly after its launch during the World War I.

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WALK OF ADRIANOU STREET TOWARDS THE MONASTIRAKI FLEA MARKET

Let us be more than tourists and experience the athenian way for shopping and relaxing

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Vouliagmeni Swimming School

Initiation to the secrets of swimming at the most updated water sports facility in Attica.

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ON THE RED BUS

Hop on and trace the history and culture of Athens

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VOULIAGMENI LAKE

A hidden treasure of Attica’s nature - a geological phenomenon in the heart of the Athenian Riviera

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VOULIAGMENI LAKE

A hidden treasure of Attica’s nature - a geological phenomenon in the heart of the Athenian Riviera

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LEMOS, VOULIAGMENI

The highlight of the Athenian Riviera

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LOLOS SKI CENTRE

Entertain yourself the active way.Try extreme water sports under the mediterranean sun.

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FLISVOS MARINA

A picturesque harbor, within the broader area of the Piraeus harbor

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ACROPOLIS MUSEUM

This majestic new museum faces Parthenon and the Acropolis hill.

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THE TOWN OF LAVRION

In close proximity to the Greek capital, Lavrion is a seaside town that lies within a lavish pine forest. Its privileged position on the Attic coastline and its attractive surroundings are reason enough to visit a place whose history goes back to ancient times.

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DIVING

Something extraordinary happens when divers submerge in the water: they acquire neutral buoyancy.

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METEORITES JUMPING TEAM

Flying has always been one of man's greatest dreams. The myth of Icarus illustrates, though tragically, this never-ending fascination to escape gravity.

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MARATHON RACE MUSEUM

Photos and memorabilia from a century of Olympic Marathons

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ATTICA ZOOLOGICAL PARK

There was indeed a time when lions roamed free in Attica, and bears were not a such a rare sight.

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ATHENS AUTHENTIC MARATHON

The Battle of Marathon was a defining moment in Greek history, one that would become a symbol to guide the people through its darkest times, in antiquity and well into the modern era. 

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Gastronomy

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Mediterranean Food and Diet

A multidisciplinary Historic, Cultural, Environmental and Dietary Overview

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KARAMANLIDIKA OF FANIS

A tavern that revives recipes from the Byzantine era with spicy, cured meats.

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Papagiannakos Winery

Native and foreign grape varieties coexist in this vineyard, the largest in Greece today, with white varieties, Savatiano, Malagouzia and Roditis prevailing.

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Papaspirou Pastry

Its all about family tradition.

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CENTRAL FOOD MARKET

(VARVAKEIOS)

The central market overwhelms with original aromas, tastes, and images of Athens

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MARATHON HALVA

Once upon a time in Makri, Asia Minor, Nikolaos Chatzigavriil was an expert halva maker.

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ALTERNATIVE FARMING

One of the most different farming activities

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MARATHON DAIRY PRODUCTS

The wider region of Marathon has a long history of livestock farming, thanks to the ample pasture lands and the mild climate of Attica.

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DAFNI DAIRY

The much-loved PDO feta cheese, traditionally combining sheep's and goat's milk, is but one of many examples. 

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EUROPEAN BREAD MUSEUM OF VARNAVAS

Apart from a staple food of the Western civilization, bread is strongly connected to the traditions.

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DOMAINE COSTA LAZARIDI AND WINE MUSEUM

After another decade of successful presence in the market, the Costa Lazaridi Wine Museum was created close to the vineyards, in the region of Kapandriti.

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Athens Virtual Tour

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Athens

Athens, a modern metropolis, a european capital, a nest for all the Mediterranean cultures. Athens, the meeting point of East and West, the harbor of everyone, who still loves passionately life! There are so many different ways to describe and analyse Athens, that any given effort to do a short depiction of the city is nothing but a try doomed to fail. Nevertheless, we will try to underline some of the main characteristics of the city of Athens. Visit Virtual Tour

Eleusina

A breath away from Athens, the birth place of Eleusinian Mysteries and goddess Demeter challenges you to explore it! Eleusis or Eleusina, as now known, one of the five sacred cities of antiquity enjoys the privilege of being located only thirty kilometers from the historic Athens. But let me refresh it! It could be the privilege of Athens to have so nearby a city full of life and history! Visit Virtual Tour

Epidavros

Even today’s visitors feel that they are in a sacred place as soon as they set foot in the Asklepieion of Epidavros. The place where healing was a religious mystery. The sick were cured by the god Asklepios in their sleep (enkoimesis) or received from him instructions on the therapy they should follow. From the sixth century BC until the end of antiquity, hosts of people resorted to the Sanctuary of Asklepios in expectation that their prayers for healing would be heard and answered by the god. These were patients and pilgrims who arrived there bringing precious votive offerings from all parts of the then-known world. Visit Virtual Tour

Mycenae

Peering over the plain of Argolis, up there from the heights of the acropolis, one comes to terms with the superiority of the Mycenaean civilization. It reached its heyday in the Late Bronze Age (1350 - 1200 BCE) and then disappeared, leaving to eternity its legendary acropolis, built on an inaccessible, rocky hill between two ravines. The footprints of the Atreidai, the mythical royal dynasty, are visible to today's visitor and inspire awe in an era like ours, in which myth meets the history of the most important period of the ancient world. Visit Virtual Tour

Ancient Olympia

What can be said of Olympia and not sound like a cliché? The significance of the archaeological site is self-evident, even if one is not familiar with the fascinating historical details and the political background, which literally span thousands of years. Known to the world as the cradle of the Olympic ideal, this open-air museum of imposing ruins and unique artefacts tells a story of religious piety, fair play, political ambition, and demonstration of power. All the buildings you can still admire were erected to please the gods and send a message to the thousands of visitors who swarmed to the sacred grounds. Walking around the Stadium, the Gymnasium and the Temples of Zeus and Hera – both instrumental in the ritual and competitive part of the Games – modern visitors will be able to understand why the event remained relevant even when the rest of the Ancient World was long dead. As an added bonus to the splendour of the site, the Museum of Olympia boasts some of the most famous works of art produced in the long course of Hellenic culture. Visit Virtual Tour

Messene

Travelling in the Messenian land from Mount Taygetus to the coast, our glance dives, following the sunlight dipping onto the Messenian plain. From the mountainous volumes to the fertile valley, the olive groves and herbs, we see a landscape of culture, myth, and history, unfold before our eyes. In the heart of the region of Messenia, one town stands out: Ancient Messene. This "blissful plain" as Homer calls it, became a theatre of war and mythical narrations offering a viewpoint on the past and the present. Visit Virtual Tour
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