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||Introduction to Athens, Greece
||Athens, Greece's capital and by far its largest city, is modern, noisy, polluted and chaotic. But it has its charms and attractions. During antiquity it grew to become the centre of a rich, powerful and influential city state (polis) famed for its philosophers, artists, architects and political leaders. Today, the fame of those glory days and the remains of buildings and treasures created by the ancient Athenians attract hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world every year.
The My Favourite Planet guide to Athens will be expanding to include more detailed information about this fascinating city. We begin with our photo galleries, featuring photos of some of its main attractions. Each gallery page contains background information to the places, people and objects in the photos.
|Athens facts and figures|
||Athens (Modern Greek, Αθήνα, Athina;|
Ancient Greek, Ἀθῆναι, Athenai)
||37° 58′ N, 23° 43′ E|
||Athens municipality 38.964 square km|
metropolitan area 411.7 square km
||Athens municipality 745,514 (estimated)|
metropolitan area 3,761,810 (estimated)
||Eastern European Time (EET)
Daylight Saving Schedule:
Summer (from last Sunday in March)
GMT/UTC +3 hours
Winter (from last Sunday in October)
GMT/UTC +2 hours
Above, the Pnyx, the ancient meeting place of the Athenian democratic assembly.
Below, the Hephaistion, the temple of Hephaistos, in the Athenian Agora.
An Evzone stands guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier,
in front of the Greek parliament, Syntagma Square, Athens.
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