Wednesday 10 January 2018


Athens is one of the oldest named cities in the world, having been continuously inhabited for at least 5000 years. Situated in southern Europe, Athens became the leading city of Ancient Greece in the first millennium BC, and its cultural achievements during the 5th century BC laid the foundations of western civilisation.

During the early Middle Ages, the city experienced a decline, then recovered under the later Byzantine Empire and was relatively prosperous during the period of the Crusades (12th and 13th centuries), benefiting from Italian trade. Following a period of sharp decline under the rule of the Ottoman Empire, Athens re-emerged in the 19th century as the capital of the independent and self-governing Greek state.

Athens is rich in ancient sites and buildings, including the areopagus, the acropolis, the agora, various amphitheatres and various athenaea (temples of Athena, like the Parthenon), as well as numerous other architectural remains, and monuments, statuary and objects of everyday life. The Acropolis Museum, the National Archaeological Museum and numerous other museums and galleries also have objects and remains of the ancient city.

This post is part of the Outdoor Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme,
and also part of the ABC Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Travel Tuesday meme.

Erechtheum Temple

The Amphitheatre of Herodes Atticus

The Agora

The Thesseum, Temple of Hephaestus

The Areopagus

Goddess Athena

Ancient Athens


  1. Wonderful photos of these iconic ancient Greek buildings. Love the light in your first photo. China one day and Greece the next. You do get around.

  2. gorgeous... I would love to hear the stories those buildings could tell

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  3. Fascinating to see ruins like this and to imagine what all these walls have seen.
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  4. It always amazes me to see ancient architecture standing next to modern buildings.

  5. Beautiful! Greece is high on my travel bucket list.

  6. Ah, the home of the modern Olympics

  7. Beautiful photos and a great choice for A.

  8. Stunning pictures. I would love to visit Athens one day. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Gorgeous photos of Athens - loved the tour with you.


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