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Things to See in Athens

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The 32 best things to see according to real travelers

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For most people considering what to do in Athens, thoughts turn to the city's amazingly rich ancient history. And of course, among the major things to see in Athens is the Acropolis, the most important site in Ancient Greece, and the Parthenon, a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena. But while these two monuments may be the best-known Athens attractions, they are not the only places to visit in Athens for history enthusiasts.

Next to the Parthenon is the Temple of Caritides, a portico with six columns, each decorated with female figures. Another of the ancient attractions in Athens is the Temple of Zeus, a temple that was built in marble columns of 17 metres. Anyone with an interest in the fascinating world of Ancient Greece will be spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do in Athens: there's also the Panathenaic Stadium, the Theater of Dionysus, the Adrian Library...all with rich history, although the weather has worn many of its structures remain valuable for culture. 

In the city center you can find Syntagma Square, home to the Greek Parliament and many others museums and parks. Here we can attend the famous changing of the guard or visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and enjoy plenty of more modern Athens activities after taking the time to look at the city's history. To best organise our trip, we must know that there are different areas of the city and each one has its own charm. Plaka, known as the neighborhood of the Gods, is the oldest and has narrow streets where you can find souvenir shops. If splashing the cash is on your list of stuff to do in Athens, then Monastirakies is one of the main shopping areas of the city with streets full of shops.
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