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Greece Two


memorable Grecian


getaways By Tania Moffat


mythology come to life. Today, it is a captivating city filled with an intriguing


A historical


centre which lies within one of the largest pe- destrian zones (three kilometres) in Europe. Here,


archaeological


lmost any trip to Greece will begin and end in its capital Athens, a memorable city where history and Greek


How to get there


sites and the ancient landscape give one a feeling of reverence and insignificance in the face of the city’s monolithic architec- tural and historical influence. Athens can trace its beginning to the Neolithic age, but it was not un- til the 5th century that the burgeon- ing metropolis truly earned its title of the historical capital of Europe. Te symbolic entrance to the histori- cal pedestrian zone is Hadrian’s Arch (AD 131). From here paths will lead you to the remains of the once colos- sal temple of the Olympian God Zeus built in the 6th century BC. Zeus was one of the most important gods in Greek mythology, and even though only a few massive columns remain, it


42 • Spring 2017


Greece–Athens: 1) Summer Seasonal Winnipeg to Toronto to Athens;


2) Year round Winnipeg to Minneapolis to Netherlands to Athens


is not hard to imagine the importance and enormity of this monument. One can also view the ancient Teatre of Dionysos, built in the 5th century BC, where Sophocles and other great scholars performed most of their works. Te sacred rock of the Acropolis will astound you with impressive architectural master- pieces and art, not to mention an impres- sive view of the city. the


Here, Parthenon


temple stands as a tribute to Athena, the patron goddess of


Athens. Tis Doric temple was not the first built on this site; the pre-Parthe- non was destroyed in 480 BC by the Persians. Te current temple was built in 447 BC and remains an enduring symbol of Greek culture. Te Acropolis Museum is worth investigating. Made


of steel, glass


and concrete, it is home to thousands of discoveries unearthed at this site. Acropolis was one of the most im- portant centres of the ancient city, the base of both religion and economy. Tere are so many fascinating build- ings and sites such as Areios Pagos, the


Theatre of Dionysos. The Hub Athens is dominated by the remains of the Acrop


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