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Greek history & culture

World-renowned and truly a remarkable man of talent and integrity, Mikis Theodorakis has composed over 1000 songs, written heartbreakingly beautiful  music and been awarded the 'Lenin Peace Prize'. Politically active and a man of deep conviction, he has also demonstrated the power of music to bring unity where there is discord. He is a legend of the Greek music scene, and, at the age of 93, he is living proof that abiding by one’s convictions and striving for the common good is, in effect, an elixir for longevity.

The almost 2,500-year-old Parthenon inspires and bewitches. Who could remain unaffected by its pediments and columns, its reverential view over the city of Athens and its magnificently rich heritage that consists of stony resistance in the face of unending challenges? But perhaps there is still more to learn about the Parthenon in the entrails of history. Here are ten facts (plus one) about the imposing monument of Parthenon that we hope will interest and inspire you.

The word 'Acropolis' is the name of 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', which means 'edge', and 'polis', which 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 in order to later illuminate the track of western civilization.

Do you plan on visiting Greece for its staggering ancient history and culture but you don’t know which archaeological sites you should visit first? Here is a list of the most important archaeological sites which are definitely worth your time! Athens may well be the cradle of Democracy and Western civilization, but there are other places in Greece which host must-see archeological gems as well!