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Greek Parliament
Greek Parliament
#About the Greek House of Parliament

The Hellenistic Parliament is the Greek Parliament building, located in a building that is very impressive in the Syntagma Square. The Parliament was built between 1836-1842 and was used at first as a palace for the kings of Greece. Today it is the seat of Parliament, and it is possible to visit the central library located inside.

Many tourists visit here, especially to watch the ceremony of the changing of the guards next to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This ceremony is conducted by the Royal Guards, wearing traditional Greek uniforms.

In 1843, when the building was inaugurated as a palace for the new king, Otto from Bavaria, the building was supposed to be used as a royal palace for the king. This king was from Austrian origin, and was crowned by the superpowers, who had given their protection to Greece, after a few years earlier, the country had declared its independence from the Ottoman Empire.

By the way, the king, who was also a Bavarian Prince, did not get to rule Greece for a long time. After a cultural revolution in October of 1862, he was exiled from Greece and the monarchy ended completely.



#The Greek Parliament's Architecture

The impressive building where the Greek Parliament sits today, was designed and built as a royal palace in the mid-19th century. It was built according to the accepted European standards, though with an economical budget.

The style of building was geometrical, and it was designed in the Neo-Classic style. Maybe you noticed that it is missing most of the decorations popular with this style of design. The reason is that during construction, the budget was running low, and not enough was left to decorate the palace, so it was left mainly bare.

There were many other issues with the unlucky palace. It is interesting to note that there are 365 rooms here, and until the renovations made in 1910, the entire building had only one restroom!


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/TIg4YlldMhk


A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/O4s2ctz9j6w?end=1m50s
Psaras
Psaras
#About the Ancient Restaurant in Plaka

After walking around the snaking streets of Plaka, it's worth it to descend the stairs of steep stone, to Erechtheus Street, and eat at Psaras. This is an ancient and wonderful Greek taverna, that argues to be the oldest restaurant in Athens.

This is one of the most beautiful and pleasant restaurants in Athens. The atmosphere is great, the staff is friendly, helpful, and efficient, the place is clean, and the food is excellent.

But the ancient atmosphere here is only a part of what makes it so great. In Psaras you can have a traditional Greek dinner, with good vibes. For those sitting outside on the terrace towards the view of Athens, you can imagine how Athens looked 200 years ago before the modern buildings existed here. Eat here with the relaxing bells ringing from church towers, and small birds coming to your table to steal crumbs. Sometimes a little annoying, but heart-warming. Those who are not interested can always eat inside.

The dishes here are delicious with a side of some fish and seafood. You can find rice, salads, and fresh vegetables. We recommend ordering the specialty Greek dishes from the menu, like Dolmas and dishes with eggplant.


#Tips

It's recommended to come here for dinner during the sunset, on the terrace on the top floor, where the view is incredible.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/sq5zSqX-Nho
Plaka
Plaka
#About the Ancient Neighborhood in Athens, that Come to Life at Night

Picturesque, ancient, and very entertaining, the Plaka is the most ancient and famous neighborhood in Athens. It lies in the northeastern foothills of the Acropolis, and it is incredible that this neighborhood has been inhabited continuously for 5,000 years.

In our day, Plaka is considered the ancient part of Athens. It is located in the most central area of the city, and is considered one of the most famous tourist attractions Athens has to offer. Wandering in the neighborhood with the nickname "old Athens," is a must-see for any thorough tourists, and a visit to the past.

Plaka was born from an ancient neighborhood that was here in ancient times, and built on the foothills of the Acropolis. During the last century, it has gone downhill and become a neglected, poor, and failing area. Only its tavernas and its location under the Acropolis kept its status as a tourist destination. Tourists come here to wander around, eat and drink, and mainly spend the evening hours.

In the way of poor neighborhoods, that suddenly surprise and return with full force, the Plaka in Athens is also slowly evolving as a place vibrant with life, fashionable, and a wanted location by youths. Young people came for the cheaper living quarters, and changed the buildings' exteriors. Many houses were renovated in the past decades, and to the famous tavernas, many souvenir shops have opened up, and currently, it is a lively spot in the evenings and at night.

Many tourists come here to wander around, do some street shopping, sit at a cafe in the district and at the busy tavernas. Most of the streets in the district are meant for pedestrian traffic, and in the square are usually live performances to enjoy.



#About the Plaka's Architecture

The Plaka neighborhood is divided by the main road, Andrianou Street. From both sides, spread across the entire neighborhood, are Upper Plaka (Ano Plaka), and Lower Plaka (Kato Plaka).

The Plaka neighborhood is a type of village within the city. Inside the maze of narrow alleyways, you can see beautiful buildings on both sides of the street, designed in the neo-classical style, many of the houses have red tiled roofs, and picturesque terraces full with growing flower pots.

One next to the other, the houses here are well tended, next to the ancient ruins and ancient archeological remains of ancient Greece.

The Greek style is also wonderful, and comes to life here. The special character here is set by the colored tables of the tavernas in the neighborhood, white and blue for the Greek flag, the blooming geraniums and bougainvillea, the yellow ancient stones, and colorful garlands that are turned on at night.




#History of the Plaka

Plaka was built right over the Ancient Agora that was once here during the days of ancient Greece, on the foothill of the Acropolis. Under the Ottoman Empire, the Plaka neighborhood became a Turkish quarter, and even the Turkish governor resided here.

During the Greek independence war, many residents abandoned the Plaka, and returned only once a new Greek state was declared, under the King Otto.

At the end of the 19th century, many Albanians settled in the neighborhood, that were part of the community, which the new neighborhood's name was named after - the Arvanite Quarter.

In 1884, a fire burned many of the houses in Plaka, which started digs in the areas, and led to fascinating archeological discoveries, with ancient Roman buildings being discovered from ancient Athens.

In the 1960's, a Greek musical culture developed in the neighborhood, and in the 1970's, it became a center for bars and wild night clubs.

Today, the Plaka returns to its place as a tourist destination, that combines youths, adults, and the elderly, tavernas and cafes with middle working class customers. From almost any point here the Acropolis is visible, what in the past gave Plaka a nickname, "neighborhood of the gods."




A Closer Look at the Plaka in Athens while Wandering in the Daytime:

https://youtu.be/dXj9pDpHT10


Pictures from this Beautiful and Old Neighborhood:

https://youtu.be/YzUW9N3_gJ8


Wonderful Restaurants and Nighttime Entertainment in Plaka:

https://youtu.be/cza8DiZRygk
Ermou
Ermou
#About the Famous Shopping Street of Athens

From Syntagma Square to Monastiraki Square, Ermou Street is the main shopping street in Athens. Here, facing a magnificent view of ancient mountains, monuments and temples, is Athens' main shopping street in Greece.

Here are all the international brands, such as Barshka, E-Spirit, Zara, H&M, Mango and Marks & Spencer, along with hundreds of well-known local shops of Greek products and brands. Here you can buy everything. From fashion and souvenirs to luxury goods and electronics, sweets, spices and more.

But Ermou Street is not only the famous shopping street in Athens, but also the most interesting in town. The combination of a mix of international and local brands, along with a lively and illustrated pedestrian mall, right in the center of Athens, with street performances by local and foreign artists and many beautiful young people full of joy, is a winning combination.

And if you can not find enough in Ermou, at the end of the street you will find other places to shop, including large shopping centers and department stores.


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/D62HYUqWCTo


Another View:

https://youtu.be/1IILoOcsLNw

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Monastiraki Square
Monastiraki Square
#About the Square of the Flea Market

Monastiraki Square is a busy square, full of people, movement, and the honking of cars.

This square is familiar to tourists thanks to the flea market that spreads over the area. But some miss the square for its own interest. Between the smells of souvlaki and kebabs coming out of restaurants, the crowds of tourists and street performers, this square is full of action and stimulation.

In Monastiraki Square there is a small church with the same name as the square, not far, there is also a handsome fountain that is made of marble. During the past decades, renovations in the square added a metro station underneath the street. This, by the way, is considered one of the most impressive metro stations in the world.



#Tips

Beware pickpockets in the area.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/oZBQB8_v7ig


Another Look:

https://youtu.be/oIhyhUKhqMw
Acropolis
Acropolis
#About the Acropolis Above the City

You are in one of the most impressive and famous sites in the world, and without a doubt one of the more exciting remains left from the ancient world - the Acropolis. Here, standing tall above the city is a complex for 2,500 years old, full of glory and splendor of the ancient temples.

The name Acropolis means in Greek the Upper City. This is a reinforced hilled that was common in ancient Greece at the time. Actually, the Acropolis was originally used as residential areas for the residents of Athens. Its height and steep cliffs made the Acropolis into a perfect fortress, and protected the citizens against invaders. On the hills the kings would built their castles, and around them lived the commoners. Only when Athens' population grew, slowly people started moving to the foothills of the Acropolis, slowly making it the new religious center of the city. So at the Acropolis, more temples were built for the city.

This is exactly the area you are looking at now - a collection of temples and royal buildings from ancient Athens, where part of the buildings were built during the Roman period, like the library of of Emperor Hadrianus, that was built on the northern side of the Acropolis, in 132 BC

The meaning of the word Acropolis in Greek is - Above the city. See in Guidol's photos, how much the Acropolis of Athens really exemplifies these words.



#Tips

The entrance ticket into the Acropolis, beyond entrance into all the sites at the location, also a few other sites in the area, like the Ancient Agora, the Museum of Archeology of Kerameikos, and more.

Entrance is free on the first Sunday of each month. During tourist season (July-September), entrance is actually free on the second Sunday of each month. Additionally, between November 1st and March 31st, the entrance is free on every Sunday of the month.

Especially during the sunset, and 159 meters above sea level, the Acropolis is a great view point for the city of Athens, that will be laid out right in front of you.




A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/yXAI1-zSYbs


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