The city of Athens Greece is a city of true wonders. Within this gigantic city are sites beyond compare. Athens is known as the cradle of western civilization. It’s cultural impact on our world is vast. Democracy was born here. Ancient Greek civilization from as far back as 500 BC was laying foundations for the modern world. Just seeing how stunning and advanced wonders from this ancient world really are will leave you breathless. Here are a few of it’s shining examples
The Temple of Hephaestus is a Doric style ancient temple made of Marble. It was built in approximately 450 BC. It sits amongst trees and plant life right in the heart of the city and can be a little easy to miss but up close it is impactful. Seeing something like this so close to modern day apartment building and even fast food restaurants is pretty funny to be honest. And pretty typical of Greece in general.
Ancient Agora is one of Athens best refuges. The city is packed with people and traffic but in its center this park is tree-filled and gorgeous and contains numerous classical marble statues that date back to 600 BC. Most of the pieces are missing limbs and are pretty destroyed but are still fascinating and marvelous, though kind of spooky.
The Acropolis is THE site to take in in Athens. It’s a 500ft hike to the top and sits smack dab in the city center as a goliath of architecture. It’s easily seen from just about anywhere. And once you reach the top you’ll find one of the great wonders of the world….
The Parthenon is one of the great symbols of the ancient world. It was a temple built in honor of the goddess Athena. And it probably will be one of the most awe-inspiring sights you’ll ever observe. The frieze, pediments and pillars all tell stories of the ancient Greeks in all their beauty. This is a sight to remember. Also, The Acropolis Museum is right next door so you can see thousands of the preserved ruins.
The Odeion is an ancient amphitheater close to the Parthenon and is still used today to hold concerts. This architectural style is still copied in modern day. And the nosebleeds might be the best seats in the house cause you can see the entire city from the top!
The Temple of Olympian Zeus is by Syntagma Square near downtown Athens. This temple is particularly interesting as it took over 600 years to complete. Today the busy traffic runs right along side of it as if it’s an afterthought that exists just for tourists. But really this is another stunning feat of Ancient Greece and should not missed.