From the Acropolis to The Chapel of St. George. We take on Athens In 2 Days.
I’m not gonna lie, Athens in 2 days has been on my to go to list for a while. Who in today’s modern civilization isn’t fascinated by the cradle of western civilization? Nothing is gonna stop me from walking through the history on Acropolis Hill.
Well except for the fact I picked up a pretty bad stomach virus in Cappadocia which I so eloquently talk about in Tales From The Throne – Part 1: Cappadocia, Turkey. The story, unfortunately, continues here in Athens: Tales From The Throne – Part 2: Athens, Greece.
I spent a great deal of time ensuring I was always in close proximity to a washroom.
And not focusing on my photography. Thank goodness for Google.
Ok, let’s get at it!!!
Towering above Athens is Mount Lycabettus. This 300 metre (984ft) limestone hill dates back as early as the Cretaceous period and is now a popular tourist destination of Athens. Legend has it that the origin of Mount Lycabettus’ name comes from the word “Lycos”, which means wolf and commonly alludes to the hill as the “hill walked by wolves”.
The Chapel of St. George is named after a Roman soldier who was executed for refusing to denounce his Christian faith during the third century A.D. Although the chapel was designed to venerate the life and sainthood of St. George, The Chapel of St. George is better known for its small, quaint, whitewashed 18th-century design and its location. The chapel is situated on top of Mount Lycabettus and offers a stunning panoramic view of Athens.
Located on Mount Lycabettus is the Lycabettus Theatre. Lycabettus Theatre is a world-renowned amphitheater that is commonly used for Greek and international concerts. The theatre has a capacity of 4000.
Orizontes Lycabettus is an upscale seafood restaurant that offers fine Greek dining, as well as a spectacular view of Athens. The restaurant is located on Mount Lycabettus and has both an indoor and outdoor seating area. Orizontes Lycabettus is best accessible by the funicular.
The Presidential Mansion of Athens is one of the Greek city-states most spectacular architectural feats. The mansion is the official residence of the Greek president, which currently is Prokopis Pavlopoulos. Construction on the mansion began in 1891 and was completed in 1897.
Originally named “the garden of Amalia” after Queen Amalia, the first queen of modern Greece, the National Garden is a 38-acre public park in the center of Athens. To be exact, the National Garden is located between Syntagma Square and the Kallimarmaro (Panathenaic) Stadium. This public park is unrivaled in its beauty and is the ideal lush vegetative environment for those looking to escape from the city noise.
Syntagma Square, a.k.a Constitution Square is considered to be the most famous square in all of Athens. Tourists and locals convene in the square on a daily basis for commercial and political activity. Syntagma Square is rich with history, serves as a hub for public transportation, and is full of wonderful attractions.
Grande Bretagne Roof Garden Restaurant & Bar is a breathtaking and beyond-satisfying culinary experience. Ideally located on the 8th floor of the Grande Bretagne Hotel, Grande Bretagne Roof Garden Restaurant & Bar has a picturesque view of the Acropolis, Lycabettus hill, and the Parliament. With the Greek culinary genius Executive Chef Asterios Koustoudis helming the kitchen, the award-winning restaurant serves New Mediterranean cuisine with an “emphasis on quality raw materials and excellent technique.”
Ermou Street is the heart and soul of Athens’ shopping district. As the name suggests, Ermou Street is 500-metre long strip teeming with retail stores, restaurants, cafes, and hotels, and various businesses. Despite its modern feel, Ermou Street is home to one of the oldest churches in all of Athens, the Byzantine Church of Panaghia Kapnikarea.
Pandrossou is one of Athens’ beloved streets. Despite being narrow and condensed, Pandrossou is a busy street swarming with tourists and a smorgasbord of shops that cater to all sorts of needs and wants. At night, Pandrossou lights up with live performances, street vendors, and energized travelers who are looking to revel under the Athenian night sky.
If you’re looking for a low-key atmosphere to enjoy the Athenian night life, Psyrri is the neighborhood just for you. Psyrri is well known for its artsy, bohemian vibe. Psyrri is the ideal place in Athens for nightly gatherings filled with social drinking, partying, and socializing.
The National Archaeological Museum is the largest museum in Greece. The National Archaeological Museum boasts an abundant collection of more than 11,000 exhibits and provides a comprehensive and in-depth analysis of Greek civilization from the beginnings of Prehistory to Late Antiquity.
Temple of Hephaistos, commonly called The Temple of Hephaestus, is the best-preserved temple of Ancient Greece. The temple was dedicated to Hephaestus, the Greek god of blacksmiths, craftsmen, artisans, and fire, and Athena, the Greek goddess of intelligence, reason, arts, and literature. Archaeologists believe the temple to have been built sometime around 450 BC. The Temple of Hephaestus is one of the greatest ancient monuments in Greece and is currently undergoing excavation.
The Agora is an ancient grounds located beneath the Acropolis. Originally a marketplace and civic center during the Golden Age of Ancient Greece, the Agora is now an archaeological site that preserves the remains of ancient Greek structures. There are even restaurants and shops in the Agora with glass floors that allow patrons to see the remains of the ancient meeting place underneath them.
Herodes Theatre, also known as Odeon of Herodes Atticus, is a stone amphitheatre located on the southwest slope of the Acropolis. The Theatre was commissioned by Herodes Atticus in memory of his wife and is one of the best places in Greece for experiencing live classical performance. The Herodes Theatre is also home to the Athens Art Festival.
The temple of Athena Nike is a Greek temple that was built to venerate the Nike- Greek goddess of victory. The Temple of Athena Nike is the smallest of four temples at the Acropolis in Athens and an exquisite architectural feat that attracts thousands of visitors on a yearly basis.
Dedicated to both Athena and Poseidon, the Erechtheum is the second of four temples built on the Acropolis. The Erechtheum is well-known for its Porch of the Caryatids, five beautiful hand-crafted statues of maidens that serve as columns for the Erechtheum.
Completed in 432 BC, the Parthenon is the third of four an awe-inspiring temples that were built on the Acropolis. This particular temple was during the Age of Pericles and was dedicated, Athena. Inside of the temple is with several marvelous statues, such as a statue of the Greek god Dionysus and a wonderfully-gilded statue of Athena.
The Theatre of Dionysus once played an integral role in the lives of Athenians. The theatre was constructed during the emergence of what can be considered “modern, European theatre”. The theatre was built to venerate the Greek god Dionysus, the god of harvest, winemaking, fertility, and theatre. Now the theatre stands as an archaeological site and reminder of the Ancient Greek culture and theatre.
The Old Acropolis Museum was an archaeological museum in Athens. The museum was established in 1865 on the archeological site of the Acropolis. The Old Acropolis Museum was considered to be one of the most prominent archaeological museums in Athens. Due to the museum’s limited size, the Greek government elected to construct a new museum, The New Acropolis Museum. The Old Acropolis Museum is currently closed.
Founded in 2003 but not open to the public until June 2009, the Acropolis Museum is an archaeological museum that dedicates its efforts to the archaeological findings of Acropolis. Taking the place of the Old Acropolis Museum, this newer museum houses every imaginable artifact found from excavating the Acropolis. The museum’s exhibits date back from the Greek Bronze Age to Byzantine Greece.
Just walking distance from Syntagma Square is The Arch of Hadrian. This triumphal arch was built in 131 AD to celebrate the arrival of the Roman Emperor Hadrian and venerate him for contribution to the city of Athens.
The Temple of Olympian Zeus is one of the most marvelous and temples in the largest in Greece. Located in the heart of Athens, the temple’s commanding stature has attracted people for over 2000 years. The temple is famous for its 104 Corinthian columns that stand 17m high. Despite efforts to build the temple, Emperor Hadrian is credited for having the temple finished during his reign.
Arguably one of the best restaurants in Athens, Elaea Mezedadiko is a first-rate establishment that serves amazing Greek cuisine. Elaea Mezedadiko boasts an eclectic and diverse menu with dishes ranging from traditional Mediterranean meals to perfectly cooked seafood dishes. Elaea Mezedadiko is not only known for its fine dining. This gem has an amazingly cozy ambiance that is complemented by a jovial and relaxed staff.
If you’re looking for a rooftop bar with an amazing view of Athens, then A for Athens is just that kind of place. Although A for Athens serves all sorts of delicious bites during any time of day, the cocktail bar is best known for its giving patrons the ideal place to enjoy a cocktail, mingle, and relish in the splendor of Athens.
My Athens in 2 Days was made perfect by Tatiana. Tatiana is the perfect host her place is cozy and in the perfect location. The apartment is also close to multiple supermarkets, restaurants, and shopping. I’d highly recommend a stay at her apartment and in fact, she is now a friend of mine of FaceBook!!
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