Sights in Athens

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Although Athens gets more and more commercialised, it still manages to maintain its authentic side, not in the least because of its lasting remnants of classical times. The best thing to do is to start your trip at the Plaka, the centre of old antique Athens and decide what you would like to explore. Or go to the centre of the present Athens, Sindagma Square, which in itself is not very interesting, but serves as a good starting point for walks to the main sights. Will it be the museums, the street markets or maybe the Acropolis site with its monuments? Or maybe you should start with a visit to one of the two other areas packed with ruins, the Agora (northwest of the Acropolis) or the Roman Forum. Or simple deliberate on it when sitting outside a charming taverna at the Plaka, letting the world pass by. It is your holiday, isn't it? Section Sights:Temples The Acropolis Hill is one of the main sights of Athens. This 'sacred rock' of Athens served as a residential area from the Neolithic period onwards. Besides that, it was the matrix for the cult of the city's patron goddess, Athena. During the Classical period, the monumental entrance to the area was constructed, the Propylaea. Besides that, three important temples were erected on the ruins of earlier ones, namely, the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, and the Temple of Nike. All these monuments reflect the successive phases of the city's history. Although these monuments were converted into Christian churches and houses belonging to previous invaders (such as the Frankfurts and the Turkeys) at one time, after the liberation of Athens from the Turks, a large-scale restoration and preservation plan was made, which is still maintained on this very day.

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Acropolis Museum

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Open summer: Mondays noon-7pm, Tues.-Sun: 8am-7pm. Open winter: daily, 8am-2.30pm. This museum houses portable objects that could be removed from the Acropolis since mid-nineteenth century.

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address:Acropolis area
tel:01.321.4172

Museum of Cycladic and Ancient Greek Art

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Open: Mon. & Wed.-Fri: 10am-4pm, Saterdays: 10am-3pm. Dr1000. The museum houses collections of the period of the fall of Mycenea up to the beginning of Historic Times. Besides that, memorabilia of the earlier Cycladic civilization and the pre-Minoan Bronze Age are on show.

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address:Neofitou Dhouka 4

Museum of Greek Folk Art

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Tues.-Sun: 10am-2pm. Entrance fee: Dr500. Collection of authentic Greek costumes and collections of pottery, weaving and embroidery influenced by the Middle-East.

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address:Kidhathineon 17
tel:01.321.3018

The National Archeological Museum

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Open summer: Mondays 13.30pm-7pm, Tues.-Sun: 8am-7pm. Open winter: Mondays 10.30am-5pm, Tues.-Sun: 8am-2.30pm. Dr2000. One of the most well-known museums in the world. It has over 30 rooms which together give a chronological overview of the most important periods in Greek history. The sculptures from the Archaic period, followed up by remnants of the Classical and Hellenistic period, prepare up for artistic forms influenced by the Romans and Egyptians. Room four shows the finds found at Mycenea by Schliemann. Besides sculpture (including gravestones), one can find pottery, coins more..

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address:Patision 44

Benaki Museum

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Beautiful varied collection. Impressive are especially the memorabilia from the Greek War of Independence. Besides that, fine collections ranging from Chinese ceramics to Greek folk costumes.

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address:Koumbari 1
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