Today it’s Mother’s day and people across 46 countries celebrate motherhood. Although roots of the holiday can be traced in the U.K and the United States as late as the 19th century, the origins of Mother’s day go back to the era of Ancient Greece and the myth of Rhea.
The ancient open Theatre of Epidaurus dates back to 4th century BC and is located in the lush hills of the Peloponnese, just a 30-minute drive from the Saronic Gulf. This is one of the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Greece, but is undeniably unique for a multitude of reasons. It is argued that the Theatre of Epidaurus is the grandest and best preserved in all of Greece, making it a must-see for travelers who come to Athens (Epidaurus is only 2 hours away from Athens!). Although the Theatre is most definitely the highlight of the area, the city that surrounds the Epidaurus Theatre is also an exemplary archeological site, with a gymnasium that is recently excavated and a museum with beautiful works of art like statues and replicas.
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 living - breathing giant of the Greek music scene, and, at the age of 92, is living proof that abiding by one’s convictions and striving for the common good is, in effect, an elixir for longevity.
The Parthenon, almost 2,500 years old, inspires and bewitches. Who could fail to be enchanted by its pediments and columns, its reverential gaze over the city of Athena and its magnificently rich story 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 1) we hope will interest – and inspire – you.
Make a journey through time and discover the glory of ancient Athens when the city reached its development peak. Transcend the time walking by extraordinary artefacts carefully placed under the natural lighting that only an architectural masterpiece can offer: Welcome to the Acropolis Museum! Made its grand opening to the public on the 20th of June 2009, visitors experienced for the first time 14,000 square meters of Acropolis History with almost 4,000 exhibits masterfully composing the permanent exhibition. Situated just 280 meters away from the Parthenon, the Acropolis Museum is a must-see attraction for anyone that steps foot in Athens.
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.