History
Historic places

Historic places

Historic places you do not want to miss

History is resulting from Greek word ἱστορία – historia. It’s meaning is “inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation”. It is the study of the past as it is described in written documents, as it is stated in Wikipedia. Everybody knows that we can ‘learn’ about our past from history books or from lots of historian’s biographies. Buuut…..why not surprise our brain seeing history unfolding in front of our eyes with a walking tour at the city center? Let me help you with few condensed -and not rambling- points of history about these archaeologically historic places that you have to see in Athens.

 

Acropolis & Parthenon

One of the most important historic places in Greece. The temple of Parthenon. Parthenon belongs to Classical ‘Pericles’ golden times* in Greece. Furthermore, our antecedents built the Parthenon from 447BC to 438BC. Furthermore, the temple has Doric’s order building structure. Moreover, the fine decorations finally entered at 432BC from Ictinus and Kallikratis. They built the current Parthenon on the top of the remains of the old one. Greeks showed -in this way- their appreciation to gods for their help over the Persians in 480BC. The Parthenon had many uses. During the 6th century AD, it is  served as a Christian church dedicated to Virgin Mary. After that, in 1460 was a Muslim mosque. And finally, on 1687 the Venetians bombed it and ruined most of the sculptures.

The temple is 70m length, 31m width and 13m high. The total number of pillars inside and outside was 108. Between those pillars, we can see figures on battles, Trojan war, Centaurs war, Giants war and Amazons wars.

It is a huge experience to come and explore all the above. It will definitely stimulate your brain. Place yourself on the Acropolis’s hill and look at it. Look the Parthenon and watch the Hyades sculptures and find your calmness by starring at the Aegean Sea.

*Pericles was a statesman, orator and general of Athens.

 

Ancient Agora

Agora was one of the gathering historic places of the city for socialization. After lots of excavations, at the place you can now see many sculptures. In the meanwhile, you can also admire the collections of itsHistoric places - Travel advice from a Greek museum inside the Stoa of Attalos. The visitor has a lot of things to explore there. Either by following a trial to the Peristyle Court. Or by exploring a military meeting at Strategeion. In addition to that, you could see the place where the officials meet at Tholos (their dining-sleeping quarters). Most importantly, you will see the marbles that representing the tribes of Athens and at the temples of Apollo Patroos, Ares-war god, Hephaestus, Aphrodite Urania. Finally, you can end up shopping and walking through the Stoa of Hermes/Poikile/South Stoa I or II/Stoa of Zeus.

 

Hellenic Parliament

Greeks built the Hellenic Parliament around 1843. At this point, it constituted as a Royal Palace for Bavarian Otto. Otto was the first king of Greece. Since 1934 it operates as the Hellenic Parliament in front of Syntagma square. (The translation of Syntagma square is Constitution square). King Otto announced that he will move the capital of Greece from Nafplio to Athens. Subsequently, they built Syntagma square around 1834. In front of the House of Parliament you will have the opportunity to see Evzones. Evzones are the Presidential Guard of the Palace. Every hour the Guards change performing a ceremony in front of the Tomb Memorial of the Unknowing Soldier. If you will visit the square, we propose you to see also the National Gardens near the parliament.

 

Panathenaic Olympic Stadium / Kallimarmaro

Panathenaic Olympic Stadium is another significant historic place in the center of Athens. This monument is the one where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896. The stadium is located at the center of Athens. This area is calling Kallimarmaro. Kallimarmaro means beautiful marble. In other words, the stadium consists entirely of marble. Its capacity is 50.000 seats. Our ancestors built Kallimarmaro at 330BC.

Uses of Kallimarmaro

After its abandoning it reopened for the first modern Olympics in 1896. Above all, this stadium is also the finishing point for the annual Athens Classic Marathon. The Marathon normally takes place in the middle of November. Kallimarmaro is also the last point where the Olympic Flame passes before delivering it to the host nation of Olympics. This happens every 4 years. Moreover, National Gardens and Zappeion exhibition hall are close to it, so you could easily reach them by feet. Additionally, the stadium hosted numerous of events like racecourses, basketball matches, concerts, archery and quite a few ceremonies. In antiquity, Athenians were celebrating Panathenaea at Kallimarmaro. The celebration of Panathenaea was taking place to honor Goddess Athena.

 

*Travel tip: Marathon became known by the homonymous battle fought in September of 490 B.C. between the Athenians and the Persians and nowadays many hotels organize special activities and hosting packages for you, if you want to attend the Marathon. They lead you to the gathering point to receive your participation package of the Marathon race. Also, they can pick you up from the finishing point. Or they are planning tours to the Marathon Tomb. 192 Athenians died at the historic battle. And of course after that the tour goes on at the Museum of Marathon Race. Over there you will see all the racers medals such as the award to Spyros Louis. S.Louis is the winner of the Marathon race in the Athens Olympic Games in 1896.

 

PS: If you liked this one, I am sure that you’re gonna love-love-looove the article about the main hils in Athens. Learn where you should go for a picnic. Either see the view or in which one you can just having a refreshing lemonade.

29 thoughts on “Historic places

    • Author gravatar

      I think this is among the most significant info for
      me. And i’m glad reading your article. But want to remark on some general things,
      The website style is great, the articles is really nice : D.
      Good job, cheers

    • Author gravatar

      I’m usually to running a blog and i really appreciate your content. The article has actually peaks my interest. I’m going to bookmark your site and keep checking for brand spanking new information.

    • Author gravatar

      This is my first time visit at here and i am truly happy to read all at one place.

    • Author gravatar

      Hey there! I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Dallas Tx! Just wanted to mention keep up the fantastic work!

      • Author gravatar

        Thank you for your appreciation to my writing.
        I will be gladly help you to organize your trip in
        Greece, whenever you’re ready.
        Until then…stay safe.
        Maria

    • Author gravatar

      Hey! I’m at work browsing your blog from my new iphone!

      Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and
      look forward to all your posts! Carry on the outstanding work!

      • Author gravatar

        I am glad I have repeated readers.
        Kudos for your new iphone.
        I hope that you’re gonna love my next articles as much.
        And that we will see you in Greece soon.
        Regards,
        Maria

    • Author gravatar

      Quality content is the crucial to interest the visitors to visit the
      web page, that’s what this web site is providing.

      • Author gravatar

        Dear Harry,
        I am so happy that you liked my blog.
        I hope that you will come back to read my next few articles.
        And who knows?…Soon we will see you in Greece?
        Please let me know if you need help to arrange your trip.
        Maria

    • Author gravatar

      Hi it’s me, I am also visiting this site on a regular basis, this web page is really good and the viewers are
      truly sharing nice thoughts.

      • Author gravatar

        Dear J.,
        I am glad that you liked my blog.
        I am also enjoying the interaction with my readers.
        I am wishing you to visit Athens for vacation asap.
        Until then…stay safe.
        Maria

    • Author gravatar

      I am actually glad to glance at this webpage posts which includes plenty of
      valuable information, thanks for providing these kinds of data.

      • Author gravatar

        Dear Lona,
        I know that many people want to have fun and do not go to many museums
        during their vacation time. That’s why I am trying to give you all the tips & hints
        that you must visit, but in a concentrated way.
        Hope you like it and that you will visit Athens asap.
        Regards,
        Maria

    • Author gravatar

      I take pleasure in, lead to I discovered just what I was looking for.
      You have ended my four day lengthy hunt! God Bless you man.
      Have a great day. Bye

    • Author gravatar

      Have you ever thought about including a little bit more
      than just your articles? I mean, what you say is important and all.
      Nevertheless just imagine if you added some great pictures
      or video clips to give your posts more, “pop”!
      Your content is excellent but with images and videos, this site could undeniably be one of the greatest in its field.

      Good blog!

    • Author gravatar

      Thanks for finally writing about > Historic places –
      Travel advice from a Greek < Loved it!

    • Author gravatar

      Awesome! Its really amazing paragraph, I have got much clear idea
      about from this post.

      • Author gravatar

        Dear Catharine,
        I am glad I helped you.
        Hopefully, you will visit Athens soon.
        You’re gonna love the city.
        You could also read my concentrated itinerary to see
        in which of the monuments you have to stay more
        and in which one you can stay less.
        My best regards,
        Maria

    • Author gravatar

      whoah this weblog is great i really like reading your articles.
      Keep up the great work! You understand, many people are searching round for this information, you could help them greatly.

      • Author gravatar

        Dear Roger,
        I am glad I helped you with this article.
        And thank you for your good words.
        Hopefully, you will visit Athens soon.
        I am sure that you’re gonna love the city.
        You could also read my concentrated itinerary to see
        in which of the monuments you have to stay more
        and in which one you can stay less.
        My best regards,
        Maria

    • Author gravatar

      It is the best time to make some plans for the future and it’s time to be happy. I’ve read this post and if I could I wish to suggest you few interesting things or tips. Maybe you can write next articles referring to this article. I want to read even more things about it!

      • Author gravatar

        Dear Hairstyles,
        I am so content that you liked my post.
        I will welcome all tips.
        You can send me an e-mail if you want at info@traveladvicefromagreek.com
        to talk privately.
        And do not worry. Of course I am planning to wrote more about this topic.
        ‘See’ you in Greece, since you are already making plans for your trip.
        Regards,
        Maria

    • Author gravatar

      Wow, superb weblog layout! How lengthy have you ever been running a blog for? you made running a blog glance easy. The whole look of your website is excellent, let alone the content!!

      • Author gravatar

        Dear Facebook Marketing,
        Thank you for your attention to my website.
        Not that much of time, since I started writing on this blog
        on March of this year 2021.
        Hopefully you’re gonna love my next articles too.
        My best regards,
        Maria

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.