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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Athens, Greece - March 2017


Athens, Greece
We traveled to Athens and the Greek Islands in March 2017.  The Archaeological sights were amazing, the food was delicious,  the music and dancing made you think of Zorba The Greek at its best.  Here are a few photos of Athens.

Athens (Piraeus)
Athens has been a city for 3,500 years, but its greatest glory was during the Classical period of Ancient Greece, from which so many buildings and artifacts still survive.


Below the Acropolis is the theater of Herod Atticus built by the Romans in 161 AD and still used today for classical concerts, ballet, performances of high cultural value.
View of the City
Temple of Athena Nike


Statues of women were used in place of columns on the south porch of the Erechtheion.
 

Below the Acropolis is the rock of Areopagos

View from the Top of the Acropolis


 The Acropolis at dusk


The Greek parliament is housed in an imposing building situated at the east side of Syntagma Square. In front of the building is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The Changing of the Guard occurs every hour on the hour.


Street View of Hadrian's Arch, dedicated to the Roman Emperor Hadrian


The Temple of  Olympian Zeus



The Temple Hephaestus



The Agora from 600 BC, this was the political heart of Athens.


The new Acropolis Museum opened in 2008. It's beautiful and holds the most valuable collection of Greek Art in the World.



The Acropolis Museum is an archaeological museum focused on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens.



Dionysus Greek God of Wine



Below the Museum



Panathenaic Stadium the first modern Olympic Games held in 1896.


The National Greek Library



Plato 
Socrates - Thinking

Sculptors used large statues to show ideal beauty of the human form.




Athena

The Onassis Foundation Athens Cultural Center



Aristotle Socrates Onassis (20 January 1906 – 15 March 1975), commonly called Ari or Aristo Onassis, was a Greek-Argentine shipping magnate, who amassed the world's largest privately owned shipping fleet and was one of the world's richest and most famous men.



We stayed at the Plaka Hotel with a rooftop terrace with a breathtaking view of the Acropolis and Plaka area.
(Hotel photo provided by Plaka Hotel - Overron)



 
Plaka Neighborhood at the Eastern Side of the Acropolis



On or around Ermou Street, Athens shopping district.


Restaurant Row located below the Acropolis  


We stopped here for dinner, it was delicious!


Cheers!

March 2017



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