Greece is a country steeped in history, from ancient times to the modern day. This is reflected throughout the country in the architecture,museums and culture; everywhere you look you will find remnants of Greece’s rich history. Some of these destinations are an absolute must-see.
The Acropolis of Athens
The Acropolis is the heart of Greece’s capital, visible from almost anywhere in the city. Constructed throughout the 5th century BC, known as Athens’s ‘Golden Century’, it contains numerous awe-inspiring structures. The most impressive and most famous of these is the Parthenon, a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena. Today, this World Heritage Site is a symbol of Ancient Greece and the Democracy of Athens.
One modern detail of the Acropolis is the large Greek flagon the hill. This was raised by two teenage boys during early Nazi occupation of Greece as an act of resistance. Their statement is commemorated by a brass plaque nearby.
The best time to visit the Acropolis and beat the crowds is early in the morning or later in the evening. There is an entrance fee of €20,but from November to March, on the first Sunday of the month you can get in for free. This is the best option for the frugal traveller.
The town of Olympia is most famous for being the birthplace of the Olympics all the way back in 776 BC. Originally, the games were held to honour the god Zeus and, according to myth, were started by the great hero Hercules.
But there is more to Olympia than just the Olympics. Many architectural wonders grace the town, including the temples of Hera and Zeus, and the Philippeion, built by Philip of Macedon to commemorate the battle of Chaeronea. The monument depicted Philip alongside his family, including his son Alexander the Great.
Be sure not to miss out on a trip to Olympia during your holiday to Greece.
Although it is under one name, Rhodes Town is actually made up of two small settlements, Old Rhodes Town and New Rhodes Town. The combined community is living evidence that there is more history in Greece than just the ancient world. It is full of medieval influence, showing how Greece developed through the ages.
One marvellous example of Greece’s medieval history is the Palace of the Grandmaster. Constructed in the 14th century, it has 158 rooms in total – though only 24 are available to the public. Despite its age, there are still some relatively modern influences on the architecture due to the fact that it had to be rebuilt in the 19th century after it was hit by an explosion.
Rhodes Town shows off its rich history in the Archaeologica lMuseum, which contains a variety of artefacts excavated from the local area.With an entrance fee of only €8, it is more than worth a visit,offering a look into Greece’s underappreciated eras of history.
Once home to a famous oracle, Delphi is the picture of Ancient Greek remains you have in your head brought to life. The town was built on the slopes of Mt. Parnassus and, at one point in time, was a base for military and political associations in Greece. Among many historical wonders in the town are the Treasury of Athens and the Temple of Apollo. At the treasury, people from far and wide would make offerings to the god Apollo and the Oracle of Delphi, who was known all around the world.
Other fantastic places to visit include the Ancient Theatre,another Archaeological Museum and the Ancient Stadium. The Ancient Theatre once held up to 5,000 people and shows can be enjoyed here even today. If plays aren’t your taste, the destination is still a sight to behold and a visit is still worthwhile.
Delphi is also surrounded by luscious natural beauty. The wondrous sights can be admired from within the town or from hikes around the outskirts or across the mountains neighbouring the town.
The Palace of Knossos
Crete’s majestic Palace of Knossos is unlike any other. The entire building is 20,000 square feet in total and, according to legend, was the origin of the infamous legend of the Labyrinth.
Inside, the walls are decorated with beautiful fresco paintings depicting famous people, legends and more. These otherworldly works of art can be admired on tours through the palace. On the exterior, the architecture is unique from other Greek buildings. Unlike other structures, the Palace of Knossos’s red pillars are thinner at the base and wider at the top,making them stand out from other creations. The palace is astounding inside and out, so be sure to make time to visit the island of Crete during your holiday.
Greece is a fascinating and unique destination, so book your holiday today to discover incredible history and culture unlike anywhere else.