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The City of Athens

The City of Athens

Athens is the historic capital of Europe, since it has been inhabited without interruption since Neolithic times. Its long and exciting history reached its apex in the 5th century AD (the “Golden Age”), when its values and culture extended beyond the city’s limits and became known and appreciated throughout the known world. Political thinking, theatre, art, philosophy, science, architecture and so many other aspects of the human intellect reached an epic apogee, with a timing and spiritual integration that was, and remains, unique in the history of humanity. Thus, Athens became the cradle of western civilization, while countless Greek words and concepts, such as democracy, harmony, music, mathematics, gastronomy, architecture, logic, eros, euphoria and many, many others, enriched other languages and inspired other cultures.

Over the centuries, the city knew numerous conquerors, who left their mark in the form of illustrious, noble monuments, thus creating a rare historical palimpsest. In 1834, Athens was declared the capital of the modern Greek state, as a tribute to its classical past; in the two centuries that have elapsed since then, the city of Athens has become a contemporary metropolitan centre of great interest and unparalleled beauty.

Today, a visit to the Greek capital is a remarkable experience; a journey through 6,000 years of history! It is an experience that will immerse you in great monuments and artefacts from antiquity to the Middle Ages, and the architectural legacy of the 19th and 20th centuries. You will be bathed in the extraordinary light of the Attican sky. You will be enchanted by the natural landscape of Attica, the varied coastline, the beaches, the mountains. You will enjoy the modern infrastructure and the unique vibrancy of the city’s hospitable inhabitants.