From school textbooks to Greek mythological characters, we have all been introduced to Athens at one point or the other. This historic city is also a modern metropolis, and Greece’s capital offers some of the best hospitality with the enchanting backdrop of its glorious history.
One of the many Ancient Greek landmarks, the Parthenon was a temple dedicated to the patron goddess of Athens, Athena. Take in the views of the city from its iconic columns and learn about the history of this site, which dates back to 480 BC.
Explore the remains of an ancient Greek city above Athens at the Acropolis site. Besides the Parthenon, the other timeless landmarks here are the Propylaia, the Erechtheion and the Temple of Athena Nike.
Timings: 8AM to 7.30PM Tuesday to Sunday, 11AM to 7.30PM Monday (8.30AM to 3PM during Winters) (Closed on Public Holidays)
National Archaeological Museum
While visiting Athens, one should not miss the National Archaeological Museum of Greece, which houses a plethora of artefacts and treasures from prehistoric Greece to the medieval ages. The mask of Agamemnon and classical Greek sculptures are just some of the priceless exhibits here.
Timings: 8AM to 7.30PM Tuesday to Sunday, 12.30PM to 7PM Monday (Winter timings differ)
The Ancient Agora is a must see in Athens, a 2500-year-old site located north of the Acropolis. The Agora was a meeting place in ancient Athens and is the site of the Stoa of Attalos which functions as a museum now.
There are many things to do in Athens, and taking a tour of the old Plaka neighborhood will give you a taste of Athens. With narrow streets and neoclassical architecture, this heritage section of Athens is a cluster of buildings on the slopes of the Acropolis.
A museum with exhibits that span the entire history of Greece, the Benaki Museum gives visitors a glimpse into the many civilizations and cultures that called this region home, including foreign influences on Greek culture.
Timings: 9AM to 5PM on Wednesday, Friday & Saturday, 9AM to 11.30PM on Thursday, 9AM to 3PM on Sunday (Monday & Tuesday Closed)
A list of what to do in Athens can never be comprehensive, as the city surprises at every turn. From its museums to its seaside culture, your trip to Athens is one that will be talked about for a long time.
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