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Section in Athens
Do & See
Dive in perhaps the most historically rich capital of Europe and discover its secrets. Athens' past and its landmarks are worldly famous, but the city offers much more than the postcards show: it is a vivid city of culture and art, where the streets have as much to show for as the monuments and antique statues. The difficult years it has known with the economic crisis have only deepened the city's artistic soul and not a day goes by that Athens does not amaze its visitors.

The Acropolis and its surroundings

The Parthenon, the temple of Athena, is the major city attraction as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Erechteion displays the statues of the female Caryatids, though the original statues have been replaced by copies due to air pollution (the originals are in the new Museum or ... in London). On the southern slopes of the Acropolis lies the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, a Roman theatre with room for as many as 5.000 spectators. It is used during the annual Athens Festival for world-class ballet and music performances. The Theatre of Dionysus lies beside Herodes Atticus, and almost all the tragedies and comedies of Ancient Greece were written for this theatre.
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Mount Lycabettus

Mount Lycabettus (in Greek: Lykavittos, Λυκαβηττός) lies right in the centre of Athens, rising 277 meters (908 feet) above sea level. Getting yourself up to this altitude (walking or with the funicular — although walking is worth it) gives you an exquisite 360° view over Athens, the Aegean sea and the ships in Piraeus. When the sky is clear, you can see all the way to the mountains in Peloponnese. Apart from the view, there is also a chic cafe-restaurant, a 19th century Chapel and an amphitheatre up there.
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Monastiraki, right under the Acropolis offerts great views of it and it is one of the oldest neighbourhoods of Athens. Nowadays, it houses the local "Flea Market" but it combines also shops, cafes, eateries and touristic stores. It is one of the nicest areas to walk in but also one of the most crowded. In Monastiraki, the authentic lives side by side the fake "made in China" souvenirs -still, with its small streets branching out from the main square, it is the true heart of Athens centre.
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