Greece, the birthplace of European civilization. The beginning of the sciences, the arts, philosophy, and democracy.
Do you know where the idea of using an owl to represent a teacher came from? Athens. The owl was a symbol of the Goddess Athena, who represented wisdom.
First thing first, the Acropolis.
It towered over the entire city centre and so all one needed to do was to walk up the hill. You wouldn’t need to climb to one of the other hills for a photo like this (indeed that’d be a bit too far), as the best spot was actually very close to the entrance to it (halfway up the hill), with a massive group of rocks acting as a platform for the perfect picture.
This was pictured from another angle though.
This was taken from the giant pile of rocks.
Zeus’s temple from afar.
The other side was under construction.
A Greek-style theatre, one of the two near the Acropolis.
A functioning theatre – I believe this was of a more Roman style, as there was a wall blocking the view.
One of the more complete structures in the Acropolis.
On the left, it’s female statues acting as pillars.
The back of one of the most recognizable buildings in the world.
A clearer view of the girls.
There was no theatre in town (one would have to go for an afternoon trip that ends at 2am or something), so I settled for an opera. It’s not on every day so you’d have to go check. It’s possible to just go before 9pm and buy a ticket. Maybe not the best seats. Free seating based on zones.
It was a pretty terrible experience actually. I couldn’t really figure out what they were doing in the story, up there the people were very small, there’s no English subtitles (it’s all in Greek), it’s very hot, the seats were very uncomfortable, and the speakers didn’t always work…Very often the singing just got cut off.
I left after two hours during the intermission.
In Athens, you can either choose to buy the tickets separately, or you can buy a combo that includes seven sites (you can visit each of them once), all but one in the downtown within walkable distance.
This was a big marketplace back then. It now houses several things including this museum. It’s got plenty of busts.
Climbing up the hill, you see this.
After walking for around 15 minutes, you get to the supreme god’s temple.
Or rather, what’s left of it…
View from another hill.
Hadrian’s Library as you walk up to the Acropolis. This closed at 3pm.
The first stadium of modern Olympics. Skip if you don’t have the time or the will to get there.
The observatory on one of the nearby hills.
Tower of the Winds. The Radcliffe Observatory tower in Green Templeton College Oxford was modelled after this.
Not very tall or elaborated, but then it’s Roman.
If you aren’t getting the combo, it may not be worth going at all, especially when you can see the whole thing from outside the gates.
Hadrian’s Library. I don’t get why it’s closed so early when everything else was 5pm or 8pm.
The hill opposite to the Acropolis.
I took an Uber from the centre to what’s left of Plato’s Academy.
It’s literally mostly just grass and honestly I wasn’t sure what I was looking at. They didn’t even have signs.
I think only one of these things might have been a part of The Academy, but I couldn’t figure out which one was it.
It’s free entry so I guess that’s OK.
Aristotle’s school was a bit better maintained. It’s included in the combo.
But this was basically it.
The Byzantine Museum, a nice building next to the above. Entry not included for this one.
Socrates’s prison. Free entry. You can just walk around the hill below the Acropolis and see things like this. There are no signs though so you’d need to know where you’re going based on the map on the main path outside.