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At the Acropolis, the Parthenon is slowly being restored.
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Athens has been in existence for over 7,000 years, leaving not only a fantastic collection of ancient ruins, but remarkable art and history for its heritage.

It’s most famous of the ancient ruins in Athens, is the Acropolis. Built primarily in the 5th Century B.C., it is visible from just about all of Athens.

Wonderful ancient artworks can be seen in one of a number of world class museums in the city centre, including the National Archeological Musuem, the National Gallery of Art and the Benáki Museum.

The Acropolis

The Acropolis, built on a 156m height above Athens on the "Rock" is a collection of temples, a fortress and entertainment centres. Created for the people of Athens it also served as a focus of Greek beliefs and culture for many years.

One of the many great buildings at the Acropolis is the Parthenon, a temple dedicated to Athena, who protected Athens. Other famed buildings here include the Erechtheion, the Propylaea and the temple Nike.

The temple of Athena Nike was built to celebrate the victories over the Persians in the 5th Century B.C.

The sizable entry gate to the Acropolis, the Propylaea, is adorned with two shades of marble and is the only entry to the encircling walls.

Other spectacular ancient ruins found in Athens include, amongst others, the Temple of Zues, the Theatre of Dionysus (On the slopes of the Acropolis) the Odeon of Herodes Atticus and the Temple of Hephaestus, built probably just before the Parthenon and yet much more intact.

Shopping in Athens

You can find plenty of places to shop and eat, with an amazing variety on offer. Carpets from the Mideast to the latest fashion from Europe. Interspersed with the many shops in the centre of the city are places to eat, everything from the freshest of seafood to delicacies from the furthest reaches of the Mediterranean and beyond.

In the centre of town, there are wonderful markets and small streets lined with bustling small shops and traders. Walking is the best way to get around this part of the city, you will see much and experience a real cross meld of cultures.

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