The Ancient Splendor of Athens
Often referred to as the “Cradle of Civilization”, the Greek capital of Athens holds the distinction for being one of the most ancient cities in the world. Its antique monuments and invaluable temples bear testimony to the city’s rich cultural and historical lineage. A spectacular array of architectural styles can be witnessed here ranging from contemporary and neo-classical to more conservative Greco-Roman. Emblazoned by a history that dates back more than 3000 years, the city was looked upon as a benchmark in the fields of art, culture, literature, education and philosophy. Athens was also the birthplace for several contemporary political diktats such as modern day democracy and has produced a string of legendary writers, orators and philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle and Socrates among others. Despite its ancient past, Athens is also the economic, industrial and political powerhouse of Greece and a major driving force behind the country’s economy. This acrylic fridge magnet displays the major landmarks of Athens and is an excellent souvenir for those who have visited city.
Popular Tourist Attractions in the Greek Capital
The much-anticipated ascent to the Acropolis is one of the most popular pursuits of tourists who visit Athens. It is here that visitors can get an intimate feel of the city’s archaic charm. Magnificent Greek temples like the Parthenon built in the 5th century BC and the Temple of Dionysus are a big draw. On the north and east slopes of the Acropolis is the sleepy town of Plaka that dates back more than 5,000 years ago. Here, remnants of the Ottoman Empire can be seen in the form of stately monuments and mosques. The districts of Psirri and Gazi have a reputation for being the trendiest hotspots in the city in terms of entertainment, fashion and nightlife and offer an opulent mix of fashionable bars and glitzy nightclubs. Kolonaki Square is a haunt of the rich and beautiful in Athens with its plush boutiques and exquisite gourmet restaurants.