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GREECE


Location - Mediterranean Europe; Capital - Athens; Population - 12 million; Currency - Euro

I spent a couple of days in Athens on my way to Cyprus, and was surprised to find that I quite enjoyed it - April 2009

 

euroGreece joined the Eurozone in 2001

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

greece41Watching the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier outside the House of Parliament, Athens

 

 

greece42Parliament overlooks Syntagma Square, Athens

 

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greece45There's some fancy footwork going on at this ceremony - Athens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

greece30Syntagma Square is at the heart of Athens

 

 

greece1Making my way to the funicular railway up Lykavittos Hill - Athens

 

 

greece2Taking the steps to the funicular - Athens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

greece10At the summit of Lykavittos Hill is St George's chapel - Athens

 

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greece13St George's chapel, Athens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

greece19Lykavittos Hill has an outdoor cafe where you can admire the superb 360° views of the city - Athens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

greece27Just below the horizon to the right of the tree is the Acropolis - Athens

 

 

 

greece23A rather hazy view of the Acropolis and the Mediterranean - Athens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

greece14It's possible to take a path to the top of Lykavittos Hill - Athens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

greece29There's some buzzing cafes set in the various pedestrian-only sections of central Athens

 

 

greece48Kolokotroni Square is on the way to Omonia, on Stadiou, Athens

 

 

greece33The remaining columns of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, which was eventually completed in 132AD - Athens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

greece36Hadrian's Arch was built in honour of Roman Emperor Hadrian in 131AD - Athens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

greece40Close to Hadrian's Arch is this statue on the edge of the National Gardens, Athens

 

 

greece38The Acropolis looms large over Hadrian's Arch - Athens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

greece51Take a walk up Filopappou Hill for these views of the Acropolis - Athens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

greece61Apparently the Theatre of Herodes Atticus is sometimes used for performances - Athens

 

 

greece63Theatre of Herodes Atticus - Athens

 

 

greece71The Erechtheion forms part of the Acropolis - Athens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

greece76..but it's the Parthenon which is the Acropolis' most famous building - Athens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

greece77The Parthenon was completed in 438BC - Acropolis, Athens

 

 

greece78The Acropolis was declared a World Heritage Monument in 1987 - Athens

 

 

greece79The Elgin Marbles were controversially removed from the Parthenon by Lord Elgin in 1801 and are on display at the British Museum in London - Athens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

greece81There's a crane and major scaffolding along one side of the Parthenon, Athens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

greece75There's more fantastic views of Athens from the Acropolis

 

 

greece75aYou can just about make out St George's chapel sat on the top of Lykavittos Hill, Athens

 

 

greece86Looking straight down from the Acropolis, Athens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

greece64If there's not a human traffic jam at the Propylaea you can take this photo of the Ancient Agora.
Alternatively, get a bit closer and climb the rock outcrop on the left - Athens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

greece87One of the main buildings of the Ancient Agora is the Temple of Hephaestus - Athens

 

 

greece88Temple of Hephaestus, Ancient Agora - Athens

 

 

greece84The Panathenaic Stadium (middle left) and the Temple of Olympian Zeus (bottom right) are visible from the Acropolis - Athens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

greece85The Panathenaic Stadium hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 - Athens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

greece90Across the train tracks from the Ancient Agora is a market area with many bars & restaurants - Athens

 

 

greece91Filipou Street, Athens

 

 

greece93The 1st century Tower of the Winds dominates the Roman Agora - Athens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

greece94The Plaka district of Athens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LINKS

www.visitgreece.gr - Greek tourist board

www.greektourism.com - Greek tourist board (USA & Canada version)

www.athensinfoguide.com - guide to Athens

www.greeka.com

 

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