Athens

Late at night we arrived to Athens, we stayed there for two nights.

Athens Life Gallery *****

http://www.lifegallery.gr/en/

Well, what did we do in Athens? Of course the touristic sightseeing. Since we´re not really into thorough sightseeing, we went to see the Acropolis and the Temple of Poseidon.

At first we wanted to eat dinner with a view to the Acropolis, but we just didn´t find a great restaurant with that exact view I had in my mind. After lots of searching in the vicinity of the Acropolis, we dined on the rooftop restaurant in Plaka, in the upper section. The next day, after visiting The Temple of Poseidon, which I really recommend, the view is amazing, we went to this church on the top of the mountain, which had weddings held there throughout the day. From that hill you have a great view to the Acropolis. Amazing!! The place is called Lykavittos Hill.

The Acropolis of Athens is an ancient citadel, a hill city to be more exact, located on a high rocky outcrop above the city of Athens and containing the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon. Although there are many other acropoleis in Greece, the significance of the Acropolis of Athens is such that it is commonly known as “The Acropolis” without qualification.

While there is evidence that the hill was inhabited as far back as the fourth millennium BC, it was Pericles (c. 495 – 429 BC) in the fifth century BC who coordinated the construction of the site’s most important buildings including the Parthenon, the Propylaia, the Erechtheion and the temple of Athena Nike. The Parthenon and the other buildings were seriously damaged during the 1687 siege by the Venetians in the Morean War when the Parthenon was being used for gunpowder storage and was hit by a cannonball.

As I told you, we visited Acropolis after we went to Cape Sounion. Let me tell you the legend of the place I liked the most in Athens. Sounion´s legend:

According to legend, Cape Sounion is the spot where Aegeus, king of Athens, leapt to his death off the cliff, thus giving his name to the Aegean Sea. The story goes that Aegeus, anxiously looking out from Sounion, despaired when he saw a black sail on his son Theseus‘s ship, returning from Crete. This led him to believe that his son had been killed in his contest with the dreaded Minotaur, a monster that was half man and half bull. The Minotaur was confined by its owner, King Minos of Crete, in a specially designed labyrinth. Every year, the Athenians were forced to send seven men and seven women to Minos as tribute. These youths were placed in the labyrinth to be devoured by the Minotaur. Theseus had volunteered to go with the third tribute and attempt to slay the beast. He had agreed with his father that if he survived the contest, he would hoist a white sail. In fact, Theseus had overcome and slain the Minotaur, but tragically had simply forgotten about the white sail. Some say that the white sails were broken during a storm.

The earliest literary reference to Sounion is in Homer‘s poem the Odyssey, probably composed in the 8th century BC. This recounts the mythical tribulations suffered by Greek hero Odysseus in a gruelling 10-year sea-voyage to return to his native island, Ithaca, in the Ionian sea, from the sack of Troy. This ordeal was supposedly inflicted upon him by Poseidon, to whom the temple at Sounion was dedicated.

To be honest, we didn´t see anything else much, we only had two days too, so there came a time, we had to leave Athens. But in general, the Greeks were very nice and friendly.

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