Ελλαδα - Greece

April 2003


I visited my Greek friend Eleni who showed me around Athens and several other places in Greece. These pictures are simple scans so the quality isn't very good.

Αθηνα - Athens

Eleni`s house in Ilioupolis, a suburb of Athens.

The Acropolis is the rock on and around which Athens began 1000s of years ago. Many temples were built on it, the ones still present date from the 5th century BC, Athen's golden age.

The Parthenon (447-432 BC) is the main monument on the Acropolis and is no doubt the most famous of all Greek temples. It was dedicated to Athena Parthenos, the patron goddess of Athens, and measures 70 by 31 meter. Much of the sculptural decoration was stolen by the British ambassador during the Turkish occupation of Greece and is now located in the British museum in London.

The Erechtheion (421-406 BC) is another temple on the Acropolis. It was a multifunctional temple for Poseidon-Erechtheus and Athena, who according to legend had once fought each other for the role of patron deity of the city.

The Temple of Hephaistos (449 BC) was dedicated to Hephaistos and Athena and is one of the most well preserved ancient Greek temples.

Other ancient monuments near the Acropolis:

The Olympieion of Zeus was started in 515 BC, restarted much later and finally completed in 125 AD in Corinthian style by Roman emperor Hadrianus. It was probably the biggest temple of its time, measuring 110x44 meter. It had 104 columns, only 16 of which are still standing up. The columns are 17.25m high and have a base diameter of 1.70m .

The Panathenaic Stadium was built in 329 BC for the athletic competitions of the Great Panathinaea Festivities, and first restored in 144 AD. It was then 204 meter long, 33 meter wide and could seat 50000 people. It was restored once again for the first modern Olympics of 1896, and is now being prepared for the 2004 Olympics. There was a fence all around it but we managed to sneak inside and walk around the stadium all alone, fun :)

Monuments from Byzantine and modern times:


Μετεωρα - Meteora

Meteora (which means `floating in the air`) is a series of monasteries built in the 14th, 15th and 16th century on some spectacular rocks in Thessalia in northern Greece.


Πλαστηρα - Lake Plastira

Lake Plastira is a huge (15 km long) artificial lake at 800m above sea level, created in the 1950s in the Agrafa mountains in Thessalia.


On the road



Δελφοι - Delphi



Other historic sites in Middle Greece



Ακρ. Σουνιο - Cape Sounion

The southernmost point of mainland Greece (not counting the Peloponessos) is Cape Sounion, on which the Temple of Poseidon (450-440 BC) was built.


Σαρωνιδα - Saronida

We spent the last three days at Saronida, south of Athens, on the beach and at the house of Eleni's uncle there.


Some other nice moments of my trip that I didn't get pictures of but still want to remember:
  • Celebrating Easter for the first time in my life. Easter is a very big thing in Greece, and almost everyone celebrates it, even the young people.

    On Good Friday people go to their local church to light brown candles to mourn the death of Jesus, and then they follow their priests in a procession around their neighbourhood (we watched this from the balcony).

    On Easter night everybody goes to church again (we went to a monastery in the mountains with Eleni's sister because it was nicer there) but now they light white candles and launch fireworks to celebrate Jesus' resurrection. Even as a non-believer I could appreciate the community aspect of these customs.

  • Two nights in club Décadence in Athens listening to great music and trying drinks (I liked Ursus Red Vodka). The party on Easter night was called Resurrection Party :)

  • Eleni's brother-in-law Dimitris putting a towel on his head at the beach house and reading a girl's future from a deck of cards. He was so hilarious he kept us all laughing for an hour; best comic act I've seen in a while :)

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Della Sun 26 Mar 2006 @ 04:51
Yes, try for it - Angkor is amazing and magical!
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Godsmurf Sun 26 Mar 2006 @ 13:11
Angkor is still on my to do list :)

Della Sun 26 Mar 2006 @ 01:40
When i saw the ruins in one of the temple in Angkor, Cambodia, I recalled the Parthenon. It was alike not only in appearance but also in spirit! Really a classic Greek architecture! Small World!! Beauty is in harmony!!!


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