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Experiences in Athens

Kerameikos
Kerameikos
#About the Ancient Cemetery of Athens

Kerameikos is an ancient cemetery that was built around the 12th century BC. Research has found that already 4,600 years ago humans were buried here.

Today, there are ruins of tombstones made of ceramics, which explains the name of the cemetery, Kerameikos.

Kerameikos is considered one of the more interesting sites in Ancient Athens, it can be reached by a short walk from the Monastiraki station.

In the cemetery, you can see recreations of ancient and fancy headstones that were placed here. The original headstones were moved to different museums around Athens. One of the museums is the small museum at the cemetery itself, where some of the original headstones are displayed.

The most impressive headstone is the Dionysius of Colitis, in the shape of the bull. Walk around the rows of graves in Kerameikos, and then go into the small museum, that shows some of the original headstones of the graves.



A Closer Look at the Museum and the Cemetery:

https://youtu.be/dOt-esfYFIc
Stani
Stani
#About the Perfect Yogurt and Small and Warm Donuts that you Must Taste

Ready for a delicious and pampering breakfast? Stani in Omonoia Square is the perfect bakery for breakfast baked goods, cakes, desserts, great with yogurts and hand-made milk.

The yogurt prepared here is especially tasty. The preparation here is a cold milk system with yeast and a little yogurt that has been prepared for 60 years, adding to its unique and excellent taste. Order the yogurt with honey and pomegranate, a dish prepared in Greece for thousands of years.

The traditional family milk bar was established in 1931. Notice the special and delicious small donuts that are fried according to the customer's preferences- the Lokma. These hot and fresh donuts will be served with a side of sweet honey and cinnamon. This is one of the most delicious dishes that the Greek culture has contributed to the world, and is a must-try.
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


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