'Greece' Category

Lykavittos Hill in Athens

Athens: Lykavittos Hill

Lykavittos Hill (sometimes referred to as Lycabettos or Lykabettos) is the highest point in Athens. Because of its height, it is visible from almost every part of the capital. Its name reflects a popular belief that the hill was inhabited by wolves. A small chapel of St. George (Agios Georgios) was erected in the 19th century on its top. The theatre on the hill is used for concerts and spectacles. To reach the top a the funicular from Kolonaki may be taken. Read more »

Athens: Panathinaiko (Kallimarmaro)

Athens: Panathinaiko (Kallimarmaro) Stadium II

The Panathinaiko (Panathenaic) Stadium is also known as the Kallimarmaro (beautifully marbled). It was reconstructed from the remains of the ancient Greek stadium, built orginally ca. 566 BC. It is the athletic stadium in Athens that hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Read more »

Athens: War Museum

Athens War Museum: The Building

The Athens War Museum is the museum of the Greek Armed Forces. It is situated near Athens Centre, at the junction of Vassilis Sofias and Rizari streets – the next metro station is Evangelismos. The exhibition covers weapon artifacts and the relevant research in the history of war in all ages. The collections are focused on the Greek Army, but artifacts from other civilizations such as Ancient China and Ancient Japan are also present. The museum has short opening hours, but the admission is free! Read more »

Athens: Temple of Olympian Zeus

Athens: Temple of Olympian Zeus III - a view from Acropoli

The ruined Temple of Olympian Zeus (also called Olympeion) is dedictaed to Zeus, the king of the Olympian Gods. It is located within a walking distance from the Athens centre. It’s construction started in the 6th century BC and  it was intented to be the hugest of all temples. The works stopped in 510 BC due to political disorders. The temple remained uncompleted until 174 BC – in this year the king Antiochus IV Epiphanes started the reconstruction, replacing the limestone with the high-quality Pentelic marble and the architectural style was changed from Doric to Corinthian. Read more »

Athens: Ancient Agora

Athens Ancient Agora: Temple of Hephaestus

The Ancient Agora of Athens is the best-known example of an ancient Greek agora. Peisistratus reorganized the Athenian Agora in the 6th century BC: he removed residential houses and made it the centre of Athenian government. He also built a drainage system, fountains and a temples. There is a Museum of the Ancient Agora, housed in the Stoa of Attalos, and its exhibits are connected with the Athenian democracy and the daily life of Athenians. Read more »