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Top 10 Best things to see in Athens, Greece

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Top 10 "must sees" in Athens, Greece

I didn't get to spend much time in Athens, but it certainly did whet my appetite to go back someday. I did get to see some of the things below, but if you should ever get the chance to go, do try to stop at some of these places. :)

1.) The Acropolis- It is said of the Acropolis, that it is the crown jewel of Greece. The temples on the Acropolis are among the most, if not the most influential buildings in Western Culture.

2.) The Agora- In this grassy area, you can just imagine Socrates addressing his public, or hear Paul the Apostle preaching, or see where democracy was born. Below the Acropolis, the Agora is the heart of the ancient city of Athens.

3.) National Archaeological Museum- Here you will see amazing finds from the world's greatest cultures. Amazing collections include the gold treasure of the Mycenae, and the first sculptures to show the complexity of the human form.

4.) Museum of Cycladic Art- like the name implies, you will find the world's largest collection of Cycladic art here. Some of these 5,000 year old icons still inspire artists of today. It shows the matriarchal island culture that was such an important part of Greece and continues to be.

5.) The Roman Forum and Tower of the Four Winds- This is the showpiece of the new commercial center after the Romans abandoned the ancient Agora. The octagonal structure is impressive, and housed a very creative water clock. The depictions around the tower are fascinating.

6.) Benaki Museum- It is said that this museum houses a first-rate collection of Greek art. It spans from the Neolithic times down through present day, and is located in a beautiful renovated Neo-Classical mansion. The rooftop has an amazing view, and the history is very intriguing.

7.)Kerameikos- This is cemetery where you can see an interesting cross-section of life and death. It has elaborate tombs, temples, an ancient brothel, and sacred roads. It is along the edge of the city.

8.) The Byzantine Museum- The Byzantine Empire has a rich history, and is very complex. You can see some of this come through some of its amazing works. There are many icons of course, and precious metalwork, etc.

9.) Filopappos Hill- This is located in the city center. It has a wonderful view, and a great combination of of monuments that include ancient Byzantine and modern Greek culture.

10.) Temple of Olympian Zeus- This is the most colossal temple in ancient Greece. It is near the monumental arch that divided Athens between the Greek Hero Theseus, and the Roman Emperor Hadrian.

I would hope to go back to Greece sometime, and get to visit all of these places! I have only really seen the Acropolis, including the Parthenon of course, and the Tower of the Four Winds. We only had one day there, so we were lucky to see all we did. We saw much more as well, just not in the "top 10 must see places". I would love to hear of anyone's experiences in any of these places if you have been there, or know much about them.

Some of the pictures from our trip to Greece

The Herodes Atticus Theatre, on the Acropolis

The Herodes Atticus Theatre, on the Acropolis

Close up of one of the sides of the Tower of the Winds

Close up of one of the sides of the Tower of the Winds

Tower of the Winds

Tower of the Winds

The Acropolis, at night. You can see the Parthenon the best from this shot.

The Acropolis, at night. You can see the Parthenon the best from this shot.

Athens, Greece - Map


Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on March 31, 2014:

Hello Brownella, It's great you got to visit Greece last spring. I would absolutely love to spend some time on the islands. It would be great to visit Crete and see the ruins and everything else. The food would be wonderful to try as well. Thank you for your comment.

brownella from New England on March 24, 2014:

I went to Greece last spring but didn't spend any time in Athens, though I too hope to go back again some day. If you do go back you should spend some time on the islands, especially Crete, hands down some of the best food I have ever eaten (not to mention the ruins of Knossos and the charming city of Chania). Thanks for sharing.

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on September 24, 2011:

Thank you, myi4u, I hope your visit was wonderful. :) Its such a lovely place to go to. I hope to go back.

To Nenand, I would love to go back and see more of the Greek Taverns you mentioned, we went to a couple and loved them. I appreciate your visit and comment.

Nenad on July 29, 2011:

I've been to Athens several times, mostly in the spring and it is a very beautiful city. Crowded and always in a rush, but with lots of tourist attractions. Greek taverns and traditional restaurants are still high on my "what to visit" list since they have very tasty mediterranean cuisine. Beware of traffic jams in the rush hour and you will have a great time in Greek capitol.

myi4u from United Kingdom on June 23, 2011:

Impressive and nice top 10 best things to see in Athens. I will be visiting Athens and Santorini in about three weeks time. I will certainly check out these 10 places provided I have the time though. It will be a 5 day trip and I am kind of worry about the strike and economy problem at the moment. Hopefully, everything will turn out fine!

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on September 10, 2010:

Nifty, I agree, so much beauty and history all in one. I also would love to go to Rome, wouldn't that be incredible?

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on September 10, 2010:

Cmhypno, I agree, the archaeological sites are so interesting. I would so love to go to Delphi as well. Thank you for your comment!

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on September 10, 2010:

Yenajeon, thank you! I hope to go back again someday, it would be so wonderful.

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on September 10, 2010:

Thank you Anna, I love how its lit up too.

Yena Williams from California on September 10, 2010:

Pictures are gorgeous! I definitely want to go back.

Thumbs up!

nifty@50 on August 03, 2010:

nifty@50 on August 03, 2010:

I always wanted to go to Rome or Greece! So much history & beauty!

CMHypno from Other Side of the Sun on August 27, 2009:

I love cities with lots of history and archaeological sites. Have only been to the main sites in Athens, but would love to explore more and go to Delphi.

awcase on August 25, 2009:

i do have to say that greece holds lots of history very important in it's time. i so love this hub and that picture of the Acropolis at night is awesome lite up like that.

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on August 24, 2009:

Thanks for stopping bye Phoenix, and I agree :)

PhoenixV from USA on August 24, 2009:

I want to see the Temple of Zeus . Most Collosal , gotta be good :)

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on August 24, 2009:

Thank you Spirit, yes, I am going to go into more detail later on that, as it really has my curiosity up.

Spiritwind on August 24, 2009:

The tower of the four winds. I would love to learn more about what that meant.

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