Athens is the capital city of Greece. It's a place of great cultural value and striking contrasts that have been shaped by its long and boisterous past. Today we will talk about a city tour, an Athens City Tour, which will offer you the opportunity to observe the most important landmarks of this fascinating place, escorted by our expert guides.
Your Athens City Tour will start at the Panathenaic Stadium, where we will make a short stop. This stadium, made of white marble, was built for the purpose of hosting the first modern Olympic Games that were held in Athens in 1896. It is built on the same spot where the ancient Athenians used to hold their most important celebrations dedicated to goddess Athena.
Our Tour will take you from there and pass you by the ancient remains of the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Hadrian’s Arch. You will make a right turn and walk towards the Greek Parliament and its monument, the tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Constitution Square (Syntagma). Places of great importance to modern Greek history. You will continue until you arrive at the beautiful yet discreet premises of public institutions that facilitate the Academy, the University and the National Library.
You will then head up to the ancient citadel, the well-known Athens Acropolis. There you'll visit the Architectural Masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion. And finally the temple of Parthenon of Acropolis, a structure built to set «the balance between material and spirit», a monument that «sets the order in the mind».
Parthenon was the temple dedicated to goddess Athena, who the people of Athens considered as the patron of their city. It was built on the safest and most imposing place over the city, on the Acropolis of Athens. Its construction began in 447 b.C when the Athenian Empire was at the highlight of its glory. The project was finally completed in 438 b.C, the decorations continued until 432 b.C. It is considered to be the most important surviving monument of Classical Greece, the culmination of the Doric order and its decorative sculptures are considered to be some of the high points of Greek architecture. It's served as a temple, as a treasury and in many other roles during is long lasting life. Athens Parthenon can be seen as a timeless symbol of Ancient Greece, Athenian democracy, Western Civilization and one of the world’s greatest cultural monuments. The Greek Ministry of Culture carries out a program of selective restoration and reconstruction which will ensure the stability of the partially ruined structure.
The last visit, according to our schedule, will be at the place where the statues have finally found shelter. There they stand protected, available for public view so that every adult and child can admire the wonders of the classical era. That place will be the modern Acropolis museum, the most perfect way to close our «Athens City Tour & Acropolis Museum».