Athens is a city I have been dreaming to visit since I was young. Being a history and an art lover, I have always wanted to discover and see one of the pillars of our civilization by myself (political, art, architectural and cultural-wise). I was really excited when I got the opportunity to travel to this beautiful city 2 summers ago and I wanted to share my travel experience with you guys!
One of the first history sites I wanted to see was the Acropolis. If you are unfamiliar with this site, it is a citadel constructed in Ancient Greece that is located above the city of Athens. The site of the Acropolis shows many major historical, architectural and archaeological ruins of great significance, such as the Parthenon, the old Temple of Athena, the Erechtheum, the Theatre of Dionysus Eleuthereus and much more. This site is absolutely breathtaking. I highly suggest you to go visit this site as you will be amazed by the beauty of the ruins!
Next stop: the Temple of Zeus, the Arch of Hadrian and the National Gardens. The Temple of Zeus is a major and enormous ruined temple located in the very centre of Athens. From the 104 columns originally standing, only 15 remains. I was taken away by the beauty of the Temple. Seeing it with my own eyes felt as if I was living in a dream. Imagine standing in front of a historical temple from the ancient times!
In 131AD, the Athenians erected a gated archway to honour the emperor Hadrian. With its 18m tall, the arch is one of the most beautiful ruins in Athens and it is located at the northwest of the Temple of Zeus. We then visited the National Gardens, which is a public park of 15.5 hectares located in the centre of Athens. Beside marvelous flours and plants, this garden encloses ancient ruins, tambourines, columns, mosaics and much more. This is also one of the most beautiful parks I have ever visited and I would go back anytime to admire the splendors of Athens.
Lastly, my family and I visited the Acropolis Museum. This amazing and beautiful museum is featuring and focusing on the findings and on the ruins of the Acropolis. Around 4000 pieces are exhibited over a surface of 14 000 square meters. Imagine the beauty of the site! The permanent exhibition features multiple collections: the Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis, The Archaic Gallery, the Parthenon Gallery, Propylaea – Athena Nike – Erechtheion, and the Gallery from 5th BC to 5AD. The collections are wonderful. I highly suggest every art and history lover to have a guided tour.
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