Athens is a striking city from far thanks to distinctive landmarks such as the Acropolis
on its flat rock and the little white church of St. George on top of Lykavittos (Lycabettus)Hill
. These top ten must see landmarks, buildings, and historical sites are identified with the city, so get out your camera for those postcard-perfect shots telling the world you were in the birthplace of Western culture.
First on our list of landmarks is none other than the UNESCO protected, world heritage site of the Acropolis. It's rare in the world for architectural and artistic perfection far ahead of its time. Within the vicinity are the recognizably Roman arches of the Odeon of Herodus "Herod" Atticus
where summer performances are still held. The last remaining columns of the Temple of Zeus stretch high over the treetops as drivers enter the city from the south, while the 60,000 seating capacity of the marble Panathenaic Stadium
, site of the first modern Olympic games in 1896 is the first attraction viewed when entering from the north. The Temple of Zeus
is framed beautifully by the mark of the man who completed the 700 year-long construction of it, the Roman emperor Hadrian. For an incredible view of Hadrian's Arch
, look back from the Lysikrates Monument
, perhaps the world's largest theater trophy. The Tower of the Winds is the most mysterious marker on our list, believed to have been a meteorological center and hydraulic clock. The New Acropolis Museum
is by far the most modern; its stark contrast with the old city is controversial but no one can deny that it leaves an impression and represents the future landmarks of Athens.
Dionissiou Areopagitou. Ticket booth, small post office, and snack bar are located slightly below the Acropolis entrance
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Vassileos Konstantinou Avenue
Vassilissis Olgas @ Amalias Avenue
On Leoforos Amalias, near Temple of Olympian Zeus, easily seen from the street
Amalias Street and Syntagma Square
Vassilissis Olgas and Amalias Avenue
At Leoforos Vas. Olgas and Amalias, easily seen from the street
Pelopida & Eolou Streets (east of the ancient agora)
Corner of Aristippou & Ploutarchou Streets
Dionysiou Areopagitou Street
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