The legendary city – named after Athena, the goddess of wisdom – is ower 3.000 years old.
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Athens was the world’s first democratic state. Known as the ‘cradle of western civilization’ , its culture spawned the great philosophers and writers – Socrates, Plato and Aristotle among them.
Do not let your initial impression of Athens close your mind to this wonderful city. The eighth-largest metropolis in Europe, it appears, through the heat haze and traffic fug, a distinctly uninspiring concrete mass sprawling across the plain of Attica on the coast of southeastern Greece. But give yourself time to explore central Athens, a relatively small area, and a different picture emerges. Starting from Syntagma, the central square, you will discover far more than a pile of ancient monuments; although, of course, there are plenty of those, too.
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