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The Temple of Hephaestus 449 BC, also as Theseion after an Athenian hero, is the best-preserved ancient Greek temple; it remains standing largely as built. This temple was the first in Athens to be made of marble and it overlooks the Agora of Athens.  Construction started 2 years before the Parthenon and was dedicated Hephaestus and Athena Ergane, a form of the city's patron goddess responsible for pottery and other crafts.  The project was sponsored by the Athenian politician Pericles.

The Temple of Hephaestus 449 BC, also as Theseion after an Athenian hero, is the best-preserved ancient Greek temple; it remains standing largely as built. This temple was the first in Athens to be made of marble and it overlooks the Agora of Athens. Construction started 2 years before the Parthenon and was dedicated Hephaestus and Athena Ergane, a form of the city's patron goddess responsible for pottery and other crafts. The project was sponsored by the Athenian politician Pericles.

Every Friday, the Acropolis Museum is open until 10 p.m. and the Museum restaurant is open until 12 midnight.

Every Friday, the Acropolis Museum is open until 10 p.m. and the Museum restaurant is open until 12 midnight.

The New Benaki Museum in Athens is an all-day modern museum.   Enjoy prehistoric works of art, rare manuscripts, Byzantine icons, historic weapons and paintings.  The Museum is 8,000 sqm, including an atrium, basements, and the exhibition spaces.  The special atrium is a canter piece as it allows the building to open up completely toward its insides, accommodating distinct events, and allowing visitors to move freely through it.  It also includes an amphitheater, a bookshop and a restaurant.

The New Benaki Museum in Athens is an all-day modern museum. Enjoy prehistoric works of art, rare manuscripts, Byzantine icons, historic weapons and paintings. The Museum is 8,000 sqm, including an atrium, basements, and the exhibition spaces. The special atrium is a canter piece as it allows the building to open up completely toward its insides, accommodating distinct events, and allowing visitors to move freely through it. It also includes an amphitheater, a bookshop and a restaurant.

The New Acropolis Museum is situated near the base of the Acropolis with a direct view of the Parthenon and the ruins of the ancient city.

The New Acropolis Museum is situated near the base of the Acropolis with a direct view of the Parthenon and the ruins of the ancient city.

A Collaboration between Google and the Athens Acropolis Museum. With Google Art Project, you can wander around the Acropolis Museum and view the marbles, bronze, ceramic artworks and more. There is also a gigapixel image of the Acropolis most treasured piece, allowing viewers to zoom right in to brush-stroke levels of detail. This isn't to suggest that Art Project is a substitute for the gallery but it will give you a glimpse at the world’s most significant and historical artifacts.

A Collaboration between Google and the Athens Acropolis Museum. With Google Art Project, you can wander around the Acropolis Museum and view the marbles, bronze, ceramic artworks and more. There is also a gigapixel image of the Acropolis most treasured piece, allowing viewers to zoom right in to brush-stroke levels of detail. This isn't to suggest that Art Project is a substitute for the gallery but it will give you a glimpse at the world’s most significant and historical artifacts.

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.

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.

Athens is a City at your Service!.    ■ With 95.000m2 of Conference Space and seating capacity of 75.000 Seats.  ■ 493 Hotels with 30.000+ Rooms.  ■ 44 World Class Museums.   ■ 1000+ Restaurants.  ■ 200.000 Inbound Flights per Year to the Athens International Airport.  ■ 300 Days of Sunshine.  ■ And a warm welcome from 4 Million Athenians!

Athens is a City at your Service!. ■ With 95.000m2 of Conference Space and seating capacity of 75.000 Seats. ■ 493 Hotels with 30.000+ Rooms. ■ 44 World Class Museums. ■ 1000+ Restaurants. ■ 200.000 Inbound Flights per Year to the Athens International Airport. ■ 300 Days of Sunshine. ■ And a warm welcome from 4 Million Athenians!

The flame's journey starts in Olympia, Greece home of the Olympics and arrives in the UK on May 18, 2012 before setting out on a 70-day Torch Relay.  We wish the flame a safe journey around the globe and return to Olympia to light the Olympic cauldron and begin the Games.

The flame's journey starts in Olympia, Greece home of the Olympics and arrives in the UK on May 18, 2012 before setting out on a 70-day Torch Relay. We wish the flame a safe journey around the globe and return to Olympia to light the Olympic cauldron and begin the Games.

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.

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.

King Leonidas of Sparta died at the Battle of Thermopylae in August, 480 BC.  The tomb of Leonidas lies today in the northern part of the modern town of Sparta.  Additionally, there is a modern monument at the site of the Battle of Thermopylae, called the "Leonidas Monument" in his honor.  A sign, under the statue, reads simply: MOLON LAVE ("Come and get them!") which the Spartans said when the Persians asked them to put down their weapons.

King Leonidas of Sparta died at the Battle of Thermopylae in August, 480 BC. The tomb of Leonidas lies today in the northern part of the modern town of Sparta. Additionally, there is a modern monument at the site of the Battle of Thermopylae, called the "Leonidas Monument" in his honor. A sign, under the statue, reads simply: MOLON LAVE ("Come and get them!") which the Spartans said when the Persians asked them to put down their weapons.

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