May 18, 2020 Dinner In The SKy

Interesting Facts about Athens

Athens is the biggest city in Greece and its capital. Here are some interesting facts about Athens which you may not know.

  • Athens is one of the oldest city in the world with over 3,400 years of recorded history.
  • Although the capital of Greece since 1834 it was not the first. Nafplio, located in East Peloponnese, was the capital of the First Hellenic Repubic.
  • There is an area in the center of Athens that you will feel like being on an island. It is called Anafiotika with its name coming from Anafi, a small island in the Aegean Sea.
  • You might witness this as you walk around and in some Metro Stations, the city is full of ancient ruins underneath.
  • Athens is the birthplace of democracy. Actually it comes from the Greek word “dimokratia”.
  • Athens has approximately 270 days of sunshine.
  • Lycabettous hill is the highest point (277 meters above sea level) in the city. You may walk up or use the cable car. The views are breathtaking.
  • Athens has more than 90 open air cinemas. Some even offer views to the Acropolis which makes it difficult to enjoy a movie J. Cine Thisseion opened is 1935!
  • Acropolis was close to be added as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.
  • The Zappeion in the National Gardens was built specifically for the revival of the first modern Olympic Games.
  • Panathenaic Stadium also called Kalimarmaro is the only stadium in the world that as hosted three Olympic Games



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