Athens is a city full of nice nooks and ennobled by the testimony of a unique past. On many downtown streets, the alternative to be surrounded by buildings is irrelevant to turn to the always dominant Acropolis. Well get ready in this virtual tour to learn more about Athens …
Photography by Galería de Faustino
As the visitor approaches the mass of the Acropolis, you also have to find surviving monuments of unique elegance and beauty, such as the Tower of Winds Lysicrates or monument, or between small jewels that are the Byzantine churches XI-XII centuries and the architectural style of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
The tiny, delicate church of the Virgin and San Eleuterio, known as the Little Metropolis, lies in the shadow of the real metropolis or cathedral, built in the middle of the nineteenth century: they are the best illustration of this contrast. To forget, or if you will, to reflect on the meaning of ancient and modern, it is useful to then walk through the Plaka district, have a beer or a “Retsina” in one of its taverns and whet your appetite, satisfy it with suvlaki or a tasty salad with peppered cheese in Thanassis always full, which is located within walking distance of Monastiraki Square.
Three museums have been renovated, they are: Acropolis Museum, Byzantine Museum and National Archaeological Museum.
In recent months, the attractions of the Greek capital have increased. The emblem of that positive change is the new Acropolis Museum, but at his side, and a comparable importance, are landmarks such as the Byzantine Museum. Close to the Byzantine, are two museums of Greek history from large collections, the Benaki and Cycladic Art. The search for the new can be extended with a visit to the underground stations that exhibit finds made during construction of the underground.
Photography by MPD01605
The jewel in the crown of Athens is the new Acropolis Museum, which opened in late June 2009. The spectacular building, designed by Bernard Tschumi, has the result of excavations carried out nearby, as well as collections presented above in the small museum located in the interior above the sanctuary.
For its part, the Athens National Archaeological Museum, features 32 rooms with exhibitions of sculpture, pottery and minor arts of Greece. The rooms are very well equipped fully, from their part Neolithic and Cycladic art, as well as Mycenaean art.
Photography by Tilemahos Efthimiadis
Prices of Travel:
- Iberia can be reached by direct flights from Madrid to Athens and back from 178 euros, all inclusive.
- Also by Aegean Air. Live from Madrid to Athens and back from 180,00 euros.
* Greco Tour is a travel agency specializing in lead Madrid travel to Greece.
Data from the museums:
- Museum of the Acropolis. Located at Calle de Dionysiou Areopagitou. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 8:00 to 20:00. Price, 5 euros.
- Byzantine Museum. Located in Vasilissis Sofias, 22. From Tuesday to Sunday from 8:00 to 20:00, Monday, from 13.30 to 20.00. Price 4 euros.
- National Archaeological Museum. Patsion Avenue, 44. From Tuesday to Sunday from 8:00 to 20:00, Monday, from 13.30 to 20.00. Price, 7 euros.
Bon voyage to Athens!