Athens Travel Blog› entry 16 of 28 › view all entries
August 19th, 2007 – by: irmayu
It is the city where democracy was born and most of the wise men of ancient times. So, it was almost political metter for me to get to Athens.
My first tought was "...the Acropolis!". The most famous archaeological monument in Europe. Acropolis is nominated to be one of the 7 wonders of modern world.
The Parthenon and other main buildings on the Acropolis were built by Pericles in the 5th century BC. The term "acropolis" means upper city.
And just under the Acropolis, there was Plaka. The Plaka is the oldest section of Athens. Most of the streets have been closed to automobile traffic. Most of the restaurants are typical tourist places. An attractive approach to Plaka is to follow Odos Kydathineon Kythathineon, a pedestrian walkway that starts near the Aglican and Russian churches on Odos Fillelinon, south of Syntagma.
Syntagma is the square in front of the Parlament. The square is a central point to access all the major attractions of Athens. There is Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and is guarded by two Greek soldiers in traditional Greek uniforms. At the bottom part of Syntagma square is the beggining of Ermou street that leads to Monastiraki square.
Monastiraki is placed under the shadow of Acropolis. It's famous for the flea market on Sunday.
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