This modern bustling metropolis, exhibits antiquities and ancient architecture, reminding tourists of the great Athenian contribution to art, philosophy and democracy.
The symbols of the Greek nation’s past glory all converge around the crowded, modern, metropolis of Athens. They are numerous and conspicuous, like the Parthenon
, still proudly standing atop the Acropolis
, keeping watch over the Athenians and reminding them of their city’s invaluable contribution to just about everything our modern world takes for granted.
It was the ancient Athenians who, during their Golden Age, 2500 years ago, began perfecting democracy – something we still struggle to perfect today. Athenians made ground-breaking contributions in philosophy, art, and theatre. Best of all for the visitor, this great legacy is extremely well preserved.
The National Archaeological Museum is a must-see. This is Athens’ principal museum, covering prehistory to late antiquity. The concentration of ancient Egyptian and Greek treasures is unmatched, making this museum one of the most important in the world.
The museum has an expansive collection, featuring many works of art, including the Mask of Agamemnon, a funeral mask hewn in gold, believed to be over 3500 years old.
While Athenians can never avoid their legacy, it’s easy to forget that the city offers much more than the antiquities it’s so famous for. The Greek capital is buzzing with a contemporary lifestyle. After the museums and exhibits, there still plenty to do.
Visitors to Athens can spend the day grazing on the multitude of delicacies this city offers, from Loukoumades (Greek doughnuts with Honey and walnuts), to Tiropites (cheese pastries), to Souvlaki (Skewers of grilled meat or vegetables).
For the more refined palate, Athens also has its fair share of contemporary restaurants serving ultra-modern takes on traditional Athenian and Greek cuisine – the underlying factor here is always the freshness of the ingredients, which is never a problem in this neck of the woods.