Day Twenty Three, Athens, Greece

December 04, 2012  •  1 Comment

Last day in Greece... Thought I would go back to the city of Athens and visit the many places I didn't get to the week prior.  I took the bus and then the train and ended up in the heart of the city.

Below, you can see the Agora Museum. It displays finds and artefacts from the site of the Ancient Agora of Athens. It is also located within the reconstructed ancient building of the Stoa of Attalos. Originally constructed in the mid-second century BC, the Stoa of Attalos - once a popular shopping precinct and meeting place - is named after the king who built it, Attalos II of Pergamum.

At the far end a lady takes a photo of a cult statue of Apollo Patroos (4th century BC) that was found near the temple of Apollo.

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The Temple of Hephaestus overlooked the potters and metalworkers of the Ancient Agora (market place) below it.

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Some of the carvings on the Tower of the Winds in what was a Roman Agora (market place).

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Here you can see the stairs that Paul would have walked on leading up to the Areopagus also known as Mars Hill. It is a bare marble hill next to the Acropolis seen in the near distance. It is known to christians as the place where Paul the Apostle revealed to the people of Athens who the unknown God was. Acts 17

Here is a photo below showing The Erechtheion (Seen on top of the acropolis). It is an ancient Greek temple on the north side of the Acropolis. In the foreground you can see the Areopagus or Mars Hill.

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Hellenic Parliament

Although during the Greek Revolution a number of National Assemblies had been held, the first national parliament of the independent Greek state was established only in 1843, after the September 3rd Revolution, which forced King Otto to grant a constitution.

In 1911, a revision of the constitution resulted in stronger human rights, the reinforcement of the Rule of Law and the modernization of institutions, among them the parliament. After seven years of military dictatorship, on 8 December 1974, a referendum was conducted to decide about the nature of the form of government. By a majority of 69.18%, the Greeks decided against a constitutional monarchy and voted for a parliamentary republic.

Above you see the two Evzones soldiers that once an hour do a most interesting march... I'm sure to entertain the visitors but also to stretch their legs as the rest of the hour they are not allowed to move a muscle.

The Evzones, or Evzoni, is the name of several historical elite light infantry and mountain units of the Greek Army. Today, it refers to the members of the Presidential Guard, an elite ceremonial unit that guards the Greek Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (seen at the base of the wall), the Presidential Mansion and the gate of Evzones camp. Prospective Evzones are usually identified at the Army Recruit Training Centres during Basic Training; there is a minimum height requirement of 1.86 meters (6' 1.2") to join.


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