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Inspirational places in Athens

The beauty of history

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The Stoa of Attalos (also Attalus) was a “stoa” (covered walkway or portico) in the Agora of Athens, Greece. It was built by and named after King Attalos II of Pergamon, who ruled between 159 BC and 138 BC. Typical of the Hellenistic age, the stoa was more elaborate and larger than the earlier buildings of ancient Athens.

Mount Lycabettus is a Cretaceous limestone hill in Athens, Greece. Pine trees cover its base, and at its two peaks are the 19th century Chapel of St. George, a theatre, and a restaurant. Popular stories suggest it was once the refuge of wolves (lycos in Greek) which is possibly the origin of its name (means "the one [the hill] that is walked by wolves").

 

 

 

 

The Center for the preservation of traditional textile techniques, known as “the Mentis Donation” includes the sum total of all the merchandise in storage, as well as the equipment of the MENTIS fibre manufactory, one of the oldest workshop and commercial enterprises in the country in the field of fibre processing and production of passementerie (galloons, ornamental cords - piping, braids, fringes, tassels, brandebourg frogging, curtain tiebacks).

The Museum of Popular Art and Tradition focuses on the preservation and the promotion of folklore collections as well as on the research of popular culture. It is housed in the refurbished old mansion of the great folklorist Angeliki Hatzimichalis in Plaka, together with the Greek Folklore Society.

 

 

The commercial center of Athens, also known as the “Commercial Triangle”, is covers the three main squares of the city: Omonoia, Syntagma and Monastiraki. It hosts “Varvakeios agora” with its meat and fish markets and the popular Ermou street, the main commercial road of Athens. The area is mainly organized the old way: each street has specific goods: Vyssis is for doorknobs of every kind, Praxitelous for lamps, Karageorgi Servias for fabrics and Agiou Markou for low budget clothes and shoes.

Dionysiou Areopagitou Street lies between the city's residential zone and the area around the Acropolis hill. It is a pedestrian street and a favourite promenade for Athenians and tourists alike. Open-air sculpture exhibitions are often mounted on this street and in recent years. The new Acropolis Museum is on Dionysiou Areopagitou.