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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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SOROS

The Tumulus of Marathon

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THE TEMPLE OF NEMESIS

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

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AMPHIAREION

The small sanctuary dates back to the 6th century BCE and was originally dedicated to the local heros hiatros (healing hero) Aristomachus, who possessed the attributes of healing and foresight.

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AMPHIAREION

The small sanctuary dates back to the 6th century BCE and was originally dedicated to the local heros hiatros (healing hero) Aristomachus, who possessed the attributes of healing and foresight. During the 4th century BCE, the initial hero cult was replaced by the cult of Amphiaraus, probably as a result of the close contact with the nearby polis of Thebes, where that hero was already gloriously worshipped at a local necromanteion.

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THE CITADEL

Rhamnous' strategic location and connection to the adjacent ports required strong fortification. 

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Arts & Crafts

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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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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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SCHINIAS

National Reserve

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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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LAKE MARATHON AND DAM

In 1931, the water of two torrents, Charadros and Varnavas, was used to create the Marathon Reservoir an artificial lake to be used as the main water supply for the region of Attica and the still growing town of Athens.

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MARATHON COUNTRY TENNIS CLUB

Tennis has seen increasing popularity in Greece over the past few decades, and the wider Marathon area seems to be a haven for professional athletes, conditioned players, and curious amateurs alike.

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MVS TENNIS SYSTEMS

When one thinks of a holiday in Greece, tennis is not among the first options to spring to mind; when it comes to this sport, however, the region of Eastern Attica is home to some quite impressive facilities, where amateur to professional tournaments are organised and players of all ranks and ages are able to practice in the midst of stunning natural surroundings.

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BEACH VOLLEY AT KARAVI

The only prerequisite for great beach volley is great sand, and the Blue Flag beach of Karavi has more than enough quality sand to please the fun- and fitness-loving crowd, bringing visitors to the area one step closer to sun-kissed summer bliss.

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MARATHON EQUESTRIAN CENTRE

Horseback riding is a unique experience, a rare opportunity to bond with nature through another living creature even more so in an area of such natural beauty as Marathon.

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Gastronomy

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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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VLACHOS TRADITIONAL BAKERY

For most people, a delicious round loaf of artisan sourdough bread can only have come out of a wood-fired oven and they are probably right.

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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

Crete

Knossos was undeniably the capital of Minoan Crete and is the site of one of the most important and better known palaces of Minoan civilisation. Knossos was inhabited for several thousand years, beginning with a neolithic settlement sometime in the seventh millennium BC, and was abandoned after its destruction in 1375 BC which marked the end of Minoan civilization. It was damaged several times during earthquakes, invasions, and in 1450 BC by the colossal volcanic eruption of Thera, and the invasion of Mycenaeans who used it as their capital, while they were ruling the island of Crete until 1375 BC. Knossos was ruled by the dynasty of King Minos and is connected with thrilling legends, such as the myth of the Labyrinth with the Minotaur. 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

Delphi

Situated in continental Greece on Mount Parnassus, Delphi was considered to be one of the most important cities of ancient Greece. It was believed to be home to the goddess Gaia, or Earth, and later to Apollo after slaying Gaia’s son, the snake Python. The Pythian games—similar to the Olympic Games—were held here every four years to honour Apollo’s slaying of the Python dragon. 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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