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Athens has a lot to give to its visitors. There are many things to see at the historical center but also a few kilometers away.
You can start from the commercial heart of the city, Omonoia Square, which combines modern and neoclassical architecture and walk up Panepistimiou (University) street passing by the National Library, the University of Athens, the National Academy, the Catholic Cathedral and many other impressive buildings of the Modern Greek era.
By then, you should have reached Syntagma (Constitution) Square, one of the busiest places of Athens, where the Parliament is located. You will know you are in the right place when you see the Evzones –the presidential guard- in front of the monument of the Unknown Soldier.
On your right is Amalias Avenue where you will find the gate of the National Garden. Walk among typical and rare plants and trees until the Zappeion (Conference and Exhibition Hall), appears before you. A few meters away stands the Panathinaikon Stadium, the cradle of the Olympic Games (1896).
On your way to the Acropolis, stop to visit the Corinthian pillars, remains of Zeus’ temple and the Arch of the Emperor Hadrian, where the pedestrian street, Dionisiou Aeropagitou, begins to lead you to the Odeon of Herodus Atticus at the foot of the Acropolis Sacred Rock. Walking up the hill, you will enter the site through Propylea and visit the Parthenon, the most important and characteristic monument of the ancient Greek civilization which still remains its international symbol, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erectheion and the Museum of the Acropolis.
With these pictures in mind, walk downhill to Plaka, the oldest neighbourhood of Athens, and taste the typical Greek cuisine in one of the traditional tavernas or have a frappe (iced coffee) in one of the numerous cafes.
Other highlights you should not miss: Archaelogical Museum, Museum of Cycladic Art, Benaki Museum, National Gallery, Byzantine Museum, Frissiras Museum of Contemporary Greek and European Painting, Lycabetus Hill, Monastiraki, Thiseion, the Olympic Athletic Center of Athens (OAKA), Faliro-Glyfada coastline by tramway. For an Athenian night out, choose between Psiri (city center) bars and taverns, and seaside open-air bars and beach clubs.
Optional tours for registered delegates or accompanying persons
ATHENS SIGHTSEEING (morning tour, duration: 4h.)
This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Our guide takes you to see the center of city, Constitution Square (Syntagma), the House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier and the National Library. Driving down Herod Atticus street, you will see the Evzones in their picturesque uniform and the Presidential Palace. On your way to the Acropolis you will see the Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and you will make a short stop at the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of the modern era where held in 1896. On the Acropolis visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally the “the harmony between material and spirit”, the monument that “puts order in the mind”, the Parthenon.
CAPE SOUNION (afternoon tour, duration: 4h.)
Drive along the coastal road, past the wonderful beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni and Varkiza to the most Southern point of Attica, Cape Sounion, where the white marble pillars of the Temple of Poseidon stand. On the way, you have a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf and the little islands offshore. After visiting the Temple of Poseidon, you have time to walk at leisure on the rocky promontory of Sounion.
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ENGLISH VERSIONS OF GREEK NEWSPAPERS
1. Herald Tribune (by Kathimerini): http://www.ekathimerini.com/
2. Kathimerini -Daily Newspaper (English electronic version): http://www.ekathimerini.com/
3. Athens News (electronic version): http://www.athensnews.gr/athweb/nathens.index_htm?e=C
The museums listed below are some of the most famous in Greece with permanent collections of finds of all periods of Greek Culture. On their websites you can get useful information about their current and permanent collections as well as their opening hours, contact and access details:
THE NEW ACROPOLIS MUSEUM
A new museum has been constructed to exhibit the unique finds and architectural sculptures of the Acropolis of Athens. In the coming months the masterpieces from the Acropolis will find their place in the new Acropolis Museum, in anticipation of the Museum’s complete operation in late 2008.
NATIONAL ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
The National Archaeological Museum is the largest museum in Greece and one of the world’s great museums. Although its original purpose was to secure all the finds from the nineteenth century excavations in and around Athens, it gradually became the central National Archaeological Museum and was enriched with finds from all over Greece. Its abundant collections, with more than 20,000 exhibits, provide a panorama of Greek civilization from the beginnings of Prehistory to Late Antiquity.
The Benaki Museum ranks among the major institutions that have enriched the material assets of the Greek state. It is also the oldest museum in Greece operating as a Foundation under Private Law. Through its extensive collections that cover several different cultural fields and its more general range of activities serving more than one social need, the Benaki Museum is perhaps the sole instance of a complex structure within the broader network of museum foundations in Greece.
MUSEUM OF CYCLADIC ART
The Museum of Cycladic Art is dedicated to the study and promotion of ancient cultures of the Aegean and Cyprus, with special emphasis on Cycladic Art of the 3rd millennium BC. It was founded in 1986, to house the collection of Nicholas and Dolly Goulandris. Today, in the galleries of the MCA the visitor can approach three major subjects: