The New Acropolis Museum is considered to be one of the most important museums in the world. After 9 years and at a cost 150€ million it is indeed a modern masterpiece housing the world’s most precious artifacts. It is situated near the base of the Acropolis with a direct view of the Parthenon. Its foundations are a key feature of the building, which can be seen through the glass floors. They are designed in such way that let the building afloat above the ruins of the ancient city.
In 480 B.C., 300 Spartans held off 300,000 invading Persians led by Xerxes. Thermopylae “hot gateway” is located 85 mi. [135 km.] NW of Athens. In ancient times it guarded a narrow, sea level, pass between mountains on the southwest and the sea on the northeast. Eventually surrounded by a mountain path that led behind the Greek lines; Leonidas’ forces fall. A very strategic location with a number of battles fought, but this is the signature battle.
The Evzones, or Evzoni, was a name used for several historical figures of the Greek Army who used to fight on the mountains. Today, it refers to the members of the Presidential Guard, an elite ceremonial unit that guards the Greek Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Hellenic Parliament and the Presidential Mansion. The Evzones are also known, as Tsoliades. The unit is famous around the world for its unique traditional uniform. Here the guards are performing the ceremonial guard change.