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Greece is the birthplace of democracy. The land that has enriched Western
civilization with its history, philosophy and many other academic influences.
Geometry, architecture, drama, philanthropy, and music have traveled globally
from ancient Greece and have become the foundations of worldly theories, concepts
Furthermore, the Greek language has enriched other languages with many words.
The unique and most delicious Greek cuisine, consists of many specialties, all cooked with care, mastery, love and excellence.
The Greek cooking is distinguished with olive oil, herbs, and spices like basil, oregano, daphne, parsley whilst the original dishes of mousaka, souvlaki and horiatiki salata (to mention a few) decorate each table deliciously.
Lastly, let us not forget one of the most important international events which unite each nation in brotherhood, the Olympic Games, born in Greece, 776 B.C. in the spirit of world peace. Each traveler cannot resist the charm of this mystical land.
Athens is the capital of Greece. It is a cosmopolitan city filled with buzzing
life 24 hours a day. Our city is one of the most hospitable and friendly cities
of Europe, offering many exciting and fun-filled past time activities.
The Acropolis is the symbol of Athens and provides one a unique opportunity to admire magnificent beauty of ancient architecture on sacred rock, cradled in the midst of a bustling modern city. It is truly an unforgettable experience. On the outskirts of the Acropolis, you will find Athens' most picturesque neighborhood, Plaka. This oldest suburb is filled with many narrow streets and alleyways, and beautifully restored neo-classical buildings. A most pleasant way to enjoy a stroll, go shopping or dine out. Plaka's stone-paved streets and delightful atmosphere offers its visitors a feeling of traveling back to the time of the Gods.
One of the most famous areas is Kolonaki, the chic residential neighborhood of Athens that hugs Lykabettus Hill. You'll find pricey restaurants, expensive boutiques and private art galleries. The area also abounds in cafes, usually full of people, engaged in lively conversation.
Museums also abound in Kolonaki. In the Benaki museum, you can enjoy prehistoric works of art, rare manuscripts, Byzantine icons as well as reconstructions of 18th and 19th century living. The Museum of Cycladic Art offers samples of prehistoric idols found on the Cycladic islands. The Byzantine Museum, the War Museum, the Museum of the History of Greek costume are also worth a visit.
From all over Athens, Kolonaki and Lykabettus Hill stand out like a beacon at night. The top of Lykabettus Hill offers visitors panoramic views of the Acropolis and other major sights.
The first Olympic Games took place 776 B.C. in Ancient Olympia. Within this evergreen
valley, the Olympic spirit of Athletism was born. This sacred place fills one with
peaceful serenity and mystical power and bares the two therapeutic rivers, Kladeos and
Alpheios, which flow around the 'most beautiful place in Greece'.
At Olympia one can see sacred monuments, temples, altars, votive columns, statues, buildings and most brilliant archaeological sites of this ancient Pan-Hellenic athletic centre which was the heart of Greece.
The games that acquired the most honored fame and which united all Greek cities in the name of Hellenism were known as the Olympiads (Olympic Games). These were held every 4 years after the leap year, in the sanctuary at Olympia.
The opening of every Olympiad is marked with the Olympic flame, which aims to unite the ancient Games at Olympia with the modern day Olympics. The Torch is lit by the Chief Priestess and given to the first Torchbearer, in an official ceremony held at the Olympic Stadium of Ancient Olympia. The first Torchbearer then initiates the world's greatest torch-race as the flame travels to Athens and then onto the Stadium of the respective country where the Olympic Games are to be held. The Flame, together with an olive branch are carried in order to share the message of Peace, Hope, and Prosperity across the world.
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