Unique Places in Athens

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    Hellenic Cosmos

    by xaver Written Jun 12, 2011

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    This is a place where culture and tecnology go on together. Inside you have a multimedial museum with several exibitions and some virtual reality theaters.
    The area is really big, when I was there there were two exibitions: one about the development of mathematic and the other one about the born of democracy. Then there is a virtual reality theater with interactive exibitions. I watched the life in agora in the stereostophic projection and it was pretty funny. Then you also have a 3D glasses show which lasts 20 minuts and I chosed the life in Olimpia during the games.
    The ticket that allows you to visit exibitions, the 3D show and the stereostophic projection costs 15 euro and it also include free internet access.
    To go here take the metro untill Kalithea station, then get out on Pireus side exit on Thessalonikis street and go straight untill you find a big road (Pireos) then cross the road and go left. If like me you get lost, take a taxi at the metro station it was about 2 euro to take me to the theater.

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    Ilias Lalaounis Museum of Jewellery

    by Lilasel Written Nov 14, 2004

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    The museum's permanent collection includes about 3 thousand pieces of jewelry and sculpture designed and created by Ilias Lalaounis between 1940 and 1992.

    Mr Lalaounis' inspiration came from a wide range of sources, including prehistoric finds, Copper Age jewelry, Classical and Hellenistic period pieces, the Byzantine Empire, Persian and Ottoman art, the civilizations of the Far East, and modern themes such as technological and scientific evolution.

    The museum organizes temporary exhibitions, educational programs, seminars, and film shows on jewelry making and art in general.

    All exhibits are presented in Greek, English, and French, while the museum offers tours in German and Italian

    Address: Kalisperi Street and 4A Kariatydon Street

    Women... :-)

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    Modern Art

    by Lilasel Written Nov 21, 2004

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    Leading international art collector Dakis Joannou knows how to make heads turn in the world of modern art. He brings together the best works that have been acquired by the collection of the DESTE Foundation - one of the most important contemporary art collections in the world.

    DESTE Foundation - E.Pappa & Filellinon strs, Nea Ionia; Omirou 8, Neo Psychiko.

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    Digital Planetarium

    by Lilasel Updated Jan 23, 2005

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    The new digital Planetarium is the largest and best-equipped digital planetarium in the world. It opened its doors to the public in October of 2003, and through virtual reality offers a magic voyage to the start and gives the spectator the thrilling sense of "living" in the filmed environment. 280 seats, 950 sq.m. of gigantic hemispherical dome.

    Address: 387 Syngrou Ave
    Buses:
    126 Akadimia - P.Faliro
    B2 Akadimia - Ayios Kosmas
    550 P.Faliro - Kifissia
    A2 Akadimia - Voula

    Price:
    6 euro - adults
    4 euro - pupils, students, children, groups of 20+

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    Sailing through history...

    by Lilasel Updated Jan 23, 2005

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    A century has passed since the armored battle cruiser "G.Averof" sailed into Faliro Bay and was appointed as the Flag Ship of the Hellenic Navy heading the martial efforts of the Hellenic Nation for self determination and restoration of the Hellenism in the Aegean.

    Location:
    Marina Flisvou, P.Faliro 175 10 Athens

    The legendary ship

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    Modern Art

    by Lilasel Written Nov 21, 2004

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    Transcultures - the exhibition organized by the National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) and includes works of remarkable international artists (Kostas Varotsos, Bill Viola, Kendell Geers, Anish Kapoor, Mona Hatoum etc)
    The exhibition's last day is 31.12.2004

    The Athens Concert Hall - Vas.Sofias Eve & 1 Kokkali St.

    Shirin Neshat

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    Metopes and Caryatid in London

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jul 9, 2008

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    Only several of the metopes still remain on the building of Parthenon, but with the exception of those on the northern side, they are severely damaged. Some of them are located at the Acropolis Museum, but the most are in the British Museum (thanks to the Earl of Elgin) and one can be seen at the Louvre museum.

    Learn more about Elgin marbles here.
    So if you are interested in metopes go to London or Paris, ha-ha!
    Athenian legend had it that at night the remaining five Caryatids could be heard wailing for their lost sister in London.
    The Greek government has been campaigning since 1983 for the British Museum sculptures to be returned to Greece.

    London - British Museum Metopes
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    The First of May!

    by Lilasel Updated Nov 28, 2004

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    For the Labour Day there is a flower exhibition which takes place in Kifisia.
    It is a northern suburb on the slopes of Mt. Pendeli and in past years was rather exclusive. It still is but less so. Here you will find large villas as well as modern apartment blocks, expensive boutiques, bars and cafes. It is a bit cooler here in the summer but very crowded and Kifisia traffic is horrible on the main roads especially on weekends.

    More pictures from Flower Exhibition in Kifisia are here: Spring Day

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    One day trip

    by Lilasel Updated Jan 23, 2005

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    If you want to escape from Athens for one day, you can choose one of four islands of the Saronic Gulf: Aegina, Poros, Hydra and Angistri.
    You can stroll up to the clock tower on Poros to admire the panorama of pine and lemon groves, tour Aegina's ancient temples, pistachio orchards and fishing villages, ride a donkey through the car-free, cat-filled lanes of Hydra or enjoy beautiful sandy beaches and a devoted following of a small island near Aegina called Angistri.

    Aegina island

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    Have fun!

    by Lilasel Updated Nov 27, 2004

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    The recently built Allou Fun Park is a modern amusement park with high technology games that really get the adrenaline going. The park includes also the Big Top Theatre that hosts impressive multiple spectacles.

    Kifisou and Petrou Ralli, Ag. Ioannis Rentis

    Allou Fun Park

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    Swimming in Schinias

    by sinequanon Updated Mar 26, 2006

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    If you find yourself in Athens during the hot summer months Schinias is a great beach to swim. Long and sandy with beautiful tall pine trees at the background which provide excellent shade. The beach is a perfect setting to see the amazing summer full moons as it faces East and wonderful and safe for night swimming. It is also great for sailing and windsurfing. Hundrends of hovering dragonflies and scops owls will keep you company in the evening.

    It gets pretty crowded on the weekends but it is quiet the rest of the week.

    If you carry a tent with you, you could use it there as free camping is allowed.

    There is also a lovely little fish tavern right on the sand in case you get hungry.

    If you are a devoted nudist then you can go a bit further to the area called Dikastika. The beach has given way to rocks. The waters are deep and clear perfect for diving.

    The only drawback is mosquitoes, as there is the Marathon wetland near by so it is natural, so do not forget to take your anti-mosquito cream with you.

    You will need to hire a car to get there and it will take you about an hour. You will go towards Marathon and when there ask how to get to the beach. When you see the pine forest turn right at any dirt road you will find, there are a few. Alternatively you can take a bus.

    Schinias beach

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    Meat & Fish Market

    by Sharon Updated Oct 16, 2004

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    I know thats not one of the things that most tourist will go to see but as soon as i heard about this market i knew they will see me there...
    I love Markets and sea food markets is one of the things that i love to see although i must say i have a mixed feelings about it, cause i love the sea creaturs and then look at them like that sometimes gets me into other thoughts...
    I must admit that the meat stands wasn't always a nice thing to look at ... there were many parts of recognized and none recognized animals that weren't such a lovely view to my eyes...

    This Market is just about 10- 15 min' walk from the flee market in Monastiraki area. Its quite a big one and there are loads of stands for meat and fish although its not mixed.
    There is the Meat Part and then the Fish & Sea food part.

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    Marvel at the Lion Gate, Mycenae

    by jumpingnorman Written Jan 22, 2009

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    The Myceneans seem to have a reputation for being good structural engineers who created impenetrable stone walls to protect their land.

    The Lion Gate at the citadel of Ancient Mycenae is the oldest monumental gate in Europe and so I decided to take a lot of pictures with it! There are two lionesses on these massive stoneblocks, and it kinda scares me that an earthquake might some day close this gate forever.

    After walking through the gate, you will encounter the Mycenean house ruins where the famous Warrior Vase (probably from the 7th cent BC) was found which offered a glimpse of how the Myceneans looked like --- they look like great warriors.

    Lion Gate, Mycenae, Greece
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    Metopes and Caryatids in Moscow

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jul 9, 2008

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    But if you haven’t such an opportunity to travel to London, Paris or to the homeland of metopes – Athens, you may stay at home in Moscow. Go to the Pushkin State Art Museum and see plastics copies of London’s originals from Athens.

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    The War Museum

    by Paul2001 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The War Museum is probably not on top of everyones list of things to see while in Athens. It was not on the top of mine either, in fact it was the last attraction that I visited while touring the city. Still I think anyone who is fascinated with Greek history might find this museum to be an interesting stop. It traces the military history of the region from antiquity to the Second World War. Like alot of such museums there is a great deal of propaganda being dished out here. Because of the role of military affairs in Ancient Greece's history, the exhibits from that periods work as an archeological display as well. Unbiased historians might be prone to bite their tongues while reading the commentary for some of the 20th century history exhibits especially while reading about the wars with Turkey.
    Outside the museum there is a large display of military hardware, especially cannons from various eras. Overall I was surprised by the quality of the displays and thought that the museum was somewhat undervisited.
    The War Museum is located at Vassilissis Sophias Av. and Rizari 2, 106 75.

    The War Museum
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