Acropolis is called every city or town built on the top of a hill or on a high ground level. The word derives from the Greek “acropolis” and is a composition of two other words: “acro” – that means edge – and “polis” – that means city. However, when we talk about THE Acropolis, we always refer to the Acropolis of Athens, the famous navel where the Ancient Greek spirit was nurtured and illuminated the track of the western civilization.
Are you planning to visit Greece for its staggering ancient history and culture but you don’t know which archaeological sites you should add to your schedule and which ones you should leave for your next trip to Greece? Well, to be honest, there are many important archaeological sites in Greece and you probably need to have more than 2 trips to visit all of them!
Here is a list of the most important archaeological sites which are maintained regularly and definitely worth your time! Athens may well be the cradle of Democracy and has many important archeological sites, but there are also other places in Greece which host must-see archeological gems.
Citadel of Athens was wisely chosen to be built on the specific spot it is built since it had a significant strategic importance; apart from being the city’s higher point, it was also surrounded by three hills that offered protection: Pnyka hill, Areopagus (Mars hill)and Philopappou hill. Each one had its own role in ancient times and a story starting as a myth, continuing nowadays.
Everyone knows that literally Halcyon days are the warm days during winter time, but only few people have heard of the myth of Alkyone – the myth behind the Halcyon days. It’s part of the interesting Greek mythology and reminds us that there is always enough space for good vibes in our life – even during tough times.
The 25th of March happens to be a memorial day for two reasons in Greece;
First, it is one of the two most important national days of Greece, since 25th March 1821 is the day when the revolution flag was bannered in Kalavryta (a place in Peloponnese) and so, Greek revolution against the Ottoman Empire officially started.
Carnival is a festive season people either love or hate. While it makes some people excited, eager to dress up and go silly with their friends, it also irritates others that find no sense in dressing up. In our country, there are several local customs which remain to exist throughout the centuries, despite being somewhat forgotten by younger generations. Even if you are one of those who dislike being silly, you should not miss the opportunity to visit a small town in Greece to enjoy the most popular Greek carnival fest. You can immerse yourself into the Greek carnival traditions through modern carnival parades, in Renti or Moschato of Athens, Patra, Rethymno or Ksanthi.
According to Greek mythology, the city of Athens owes her name to the goddess Athena. The story, like many Greek myths is one of intrigue and grandeur and it begins as all great tales do...