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About Athens, Guide and Top Tourist Attractions
(Athens, Greece)

Athens is popularly considered the cradle of Western Civilization. It has a history steeped in thought, development, and war. It has managed to keep its historical heritage alive, while going along with the contemporary flow. Because of its rich historical background and modern amenities, Athens receives an estimated 30 million tourists every year.

What to do in Athens

Modern Athens has plenty to offer to visitors who want a taste of its city life. Shopping centres and malls are located all over the city, but the most famous of all shopping places is the Kolonaki area. Those who love to shop should visit this chic and most fashionable shopping area in Athens.

Athens has the most number of theaters than any European city. Especially popular among locals and visitors is the ancient Odeon of Herodes Atticus, which is an amphitheater located on the southern side of the Acropolis. It is a popular venue for plays, operas, and rock concerts.

Visitors who want to experience the city's nightlife should go to the Psirri neighborhood. The equivalent of New York's meat-packing district, Psirri has some of the trendiest bars, clubs, and discos in metropolitan Athens. However, visitors should bring a lot of cash when going to Psirri because the food and drinks are very expensive.

Tourist Attractions

Visitors can check out the city's historical monuments, sites, and museums. The Parthenon, the Temple of Zeus, and the Temple of Hephaestus, are three of most popular tourists spots that they can visit.

The Temple of Zeus, which took over 800 years to build, is now in ruins. The Temple of Hephaestus is located right beside the Parthenon. It is the best-preserved among all the Greek temples, with most of its original pillars still standing today. The Parthenon is the city's most famous landmark. It was once a temple dedicated to the Greek Goddess Athena, the city's patron, but it now stands as a tribute to Athenian democracy and statecraft.

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