If you are a history enthusiast, then one destination that you may have great interest in visiting, is Athens, Greece. There are many reasons to visit Athens, including; the Acropolis, the Parthenon, the Acropolis Museum, the National Archeological Museum, and so much more. Athens is the capital of Greece, is Greece’s largest city, and is the center of all things related to Ancient Greece. The city is a mix of old and new, and it is a bustling place with a plethora of places to visit, things to learn, and philosophies to explore.
The historic buildings of the Acropolis are a must-see when visiting Athens. Buildings such as the Parthenon, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, and several others that are located in the Acropolis are breathtaking and iconic. The architecture of these structures has amazed people for such a long time, and the wonder of them will continue to inspire people for many generations yet to come. Long considered a symbol of Greek civilization, the temple of the Parthenon has withstood the test of time and reminds people of the reason that it was constructed, as a temple to the goddess, Athena.
Another place that you may wish to see while in Athens is the National Archeological Museum. This museum has acquired the title of being one of the greatest museums in the world. Within the museum, you will find multiple artifacts of interests, mainly from archeological locations around all of Greece. Although there were previous locations for the National Archeological Museum of Greece, the current museum was constructed in 1889. Interestingly enough, during World War II, this museum was closed. Many of the precious artifacts were taken out of the museum during this time, and they were sealed in special boxes and then buried, in order to prevent them from being destructed during the war. When the war ended, the items were unveiled and were placed back into the museum.
A person should not go to Athens without tasting a variety of delectable, and local, foods. This area is known for having some wonderful restaurants, and you should have no problem finding a delicious place that fits your budget and your taste buds, too. A couple of local favorites may include; Atitamos, Dinner in the Sky, 2MAZI Restaurant, or Vassilenas. Menu items, such as souvlaki, baklava, moussaka, saganaki, Greek salad, and many other items, can be savored and enjoyed by even the pickiest of eaters.
Many travelers believe that the best time of year to visit Athens is in the Spring and in Autumn. Keep in mind that July and August are the hottest times of the year in Athens, and it may not be very comfortable for you to spend your days outdoors, as you enjoy the many historical sights. Whether you are staying a few days in Athens, or if you can stay for several days, the people in Athens are generally welcoming, especially if you happen to know a little bit of the Greek language. Athens is a place for anyone who enjoys history, art, culture, and a place that is beautiful and unforgettable, too.