Lavrion-Sounion

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SOURIZA

The incredibly rich subsoil of the Lavreotiki area with its valuable silver and lead ores was systematically exploited in ancient times. 

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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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TEMPLE OF DEMETER AND KORE (DAUGHTER)

In a distance less than a kilometre from the ancient theatre of Thorikos, one stumbles upon the ruins of a temple hidden among lavish green fields and tall trees.

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THE SANCTUARY OF ATHENA AT SOUNION (ATHENA SOUNIAS)

Even though Cape Sounion is indeed monopolized by the imposing presence of the Temple of Poseidon, Athenians did not neglect to honour the patroness of their beloved city.

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THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF SOUNION

At the southeastern tip of Attica, Cape Sounion, a rocky promontory crowned by the magnificent Temple of Poseidon,allures visitors into setting out on a mythical and historical journey.

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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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MINERAL COLLECTOR

Trampling of children in underground galleries dug thousands of years ago, shouts and laughter suddenly interrupted by the play of faint light on different kinds of ores.

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MINERALOGICAL MUSEUM OF LAVRION

To a large extent, there-establishment of mining and metallurgical operations in the area of Lavrion in the modern era is attributed to the insight of mineralogist, Andreas Kordellas.

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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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BEACHES NEAR LAVRION

Pounta Zeza, Poseidonia, Legraina, Vgethi and Kakia Thalassa

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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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PORT AND MARINE OF LAVRION

At the edge of the port, the iron French Wharf and the abandoned store houses of the French Mining Company of Lavrion stand overlooking anchored merchant ships, passenger ships, fishing boats and sailing boats.

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SOUNION NATIONAL PARK

A site of undisputable archeological, paleontological, geological and botanological interest, the heartland of Lavreotiki, covering an area of 4,000 hectares, constitutes the Sounion National Park.

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DIANTHOS

Drawing upon the long-standing archaeological tradition of the area of Lavreotiki as well as its undeniable natural beauty, Dianthos was named after a beautiful flower, no other than the flower (anthos) of Zeus (Dios) himself (Διός ανθός in Greek), scientifically classified as Dianthus caryophyllus and commonly known as carnation.

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KAMARIZA

A significant ancient centre of mining activities, Kamariza (currently named Aghios Konstantinos), occupied an equally vital position in the revived mining and metallurgical industry in Lavrion in modern times.

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ARCHAELOGICAL MUSEUM OF LAVRION

Testimonies of the long and rich history of Lavrion are scattered throughout this beautiful seaside town.

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Gastronomy

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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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KERATEA HONEY FESTIVAL

The wider area of Attica boasts a long tradition of beekeeping and Lavreotiki, though mostly known for its lucrative mining industry, is no exception; beekeeping (apiculture) also dates back to ancient times.

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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

Sinarades-Corfu

Known from the Homeric myth, as the mythical island of Phaeacians where the shipwrecked Odysseus was soothed by princess Nausika, Corfu continues to welcome visitors from all around the world. Be a synchronous Odysseus and follow the new destination of YouGoCulture initiative. Having the Central Corfu and its old town which is in the list of the Unesco World Heritage Sites, a journey begins in the history, the traditions and the unique beauties of the island. 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

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

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
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