Even though Greece is having immense economic problems these days, travelers should continue to include Athens on their travel itineraries because of its rich and significant attractions. Here is the birthplace of Western Civilization and the beginnings of Democracy as a form of government. The city’s Acropolis should be the main focus of the tourist because of its history and architecture. Thankfully it is visible from many areas of the city since it sits atop a prominent hill.
While on the Acropolis, check out the Erechthyon with its Karyatid columns (the real ones are in the Acropolis Museum to preserve them from deterioration).
The most prominent building (and rightly so) on the Acropolis is the Parthenon, often referred to as the “most beautiful building in the world.” Although only a shadow of its former magnificence due to time and folly, it nevertheless stirs the heart and reminds visitors of its splendor as a symbol of Athens position in the world in 1000 BC.
From the Acropolis one can see the Ancient Agora, where residents of Athens conducted their daily business.
Also visible from here is the Odeon of Herodotus Atticus, an amphitheater which is still used for special performances.
Elsewhere in the city are other reminders of the glory of this civilization, places like the Temple of Olympian Zeus, once the largest temple in the world.
One of Athens’ busiest squares is Syntagma Square, a large public space facing the Parliament Building and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where a changing of the guard ceremony takes place regularly.