After rambling about adventures between the lines and sights off the beaten track, it is worth mentioning how much I indulged myself in discovering Athens’ typical yet jaw-dropping ancient sites. It is a sheer wonder when you imagine how old these premises are and how many tales and stories are connected to them. The first thing that probably pops into your head when thinking about ancient Athens is the Acropolis.
Without doubt, it is impressive. Floating above the city on a hill, the Acropolis is visible from everywhere you go in Athens. Its white marble gleams in the sun and gives it an even more majestic feeling.
But history goes so much deeper than the Acropolis. Visit the Ancient Agora, the heart of historic Athens and the vibrant focal point of political and social activity. Or wander around the grounds of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the largest temple in Greece dedicated to the supreme god of sky and thunder.
Speaking of Olympian…the first ever Olympics of modern times where held in Athens. In 1896, the Panathenaic Stadium hosted hundreds of athletes and thousands and thousands of spectators for this historic event. Get yourself into the athletes’ minds and imagine what is must have felt like entering the stadium through a dark aisle and suddenly finding yourself in beaming sunlight and a state of expectation and adrenaline.
You don’t have to be a history-fanatic to enjoy Athens’ historic sites – white marble, majestic figures and carefully crafted columns speak for themselves.