Athens (Piraeus), Greece
With its magnificent architecture, legendary cultural attractions and unparalleled place in history, this capital city known as "the cradle of Western civilization" is a must-see destination for world travelers. A captivating blend of the classical and the contemporary, Athens boasts some of the world's oldest and most renowned landmarks, and wears its ancient heritage proudly.
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The "High City" as ancient Athens was called offers the glorious marble structures of The Parthenon, built in honor of Athena, goddess of wisdom, and its entry gate, the Propylea; The Temple of Athena Nike, dedicated to the winged maidens who attended to her; and the Erectheion "Porch of the Maidens."
Hill of the Muses
The Hill of the Muses, where legend has it Socrates paid the price for his advanced ideas on youth and religion by drinking a fatal cup of hemlock. In Horologion, known as the Tower of the Winds, listen closely for the voices some say speak from an ancient time.
In what was the ancient walled quarter of Athens, you'll also discover the striking Hadrianís Arch, a gift to the city by the Roman Emperor, and the majestic Temple of Olympian Zeus, built over a 700-year period beginning in the 6th century B.C.
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