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Athens

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 civilization.

To clear up something that is sometimes confusing to travelers, The Acropolis of Athens is an ancient citadel located on a rocky outcrop above the city of Athens and contains the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the iconic Parthenon.
Our first day in Athens, and our hotel was just a couple of blocks from the Acropolis with the iconic Parthenon
Our first day in Athens, and our hotel was just a couple of blocks from the Acropolis with the iconic Parthenon
Lots of people visit the Acropolis
Lots of people visit the Acropolis
Hadrian's Arch, with the Acropolis in the background
Hadrian's Arch, with the Acropolis in the background
The Temple of Zeus
The Temple of Zeus
The Panathenaic Stadium
The Panathenaic Stadium
Bust of Aristotle at the Acropolis Museum
Bust of Aristotle at the Acropolis Museum
The glass floor above an exhibit in the Acropolis Museum
The glass floor above an exhibit in the Acropolis Museum
The Acropolis Lego Exhibit at the Acropolis Museum
The Acropolis Lego Exhibit at the Acropolis Museum
Philopappos Monument
Philopappos Monument
Arriving back at the port of Piraeus for the final two days of the trip
Arriving back at the port of Piraeus for the final two days of the trip
Our visit to the Acropolis complex
Our visit to the Acropolis complex
The Erechtheion
The Erechtheion
View of the Amphitheater
View of the Amphitheater
Acropolis Theater Panorama
Acropolis Theater Panorama
Athens Panorama from the top of the Acropolis
Athens Panorama from the top of the Acropolis
Hadrian's Arch, the Temple of Zeus, and the modern Olympic Stadium
Hadrian's Arch, the Temple of Zeus, and the modern Olympic Stadium
The following pictures are from the Central Market of Athens
The following pictures are from the Central Market of Athens
Rabbits
Rabbits
A statue in the National Gardens
A statue in the National Gardens
The former site of the Ministry of Culture
The former site of the Ministry of Culture
Wooden bikes for rent at our hotel in Athens
Wooden bikes for rent at our hotel in Athens