the capital of Greece - Athens For tourists with a wide variety ofpreferences Greece is a paradise on earth. Even extraordinarily whimsical travelers will find here something to their taste, this is an ideal place for lovers of beach entertainments, and for connoisseurs of classics, ancient history and mysterious legends. Most of those who happened to visit this amazing country are convinced - it is impossible to see all the places worthy of attention, having visited here only once. Every year more than 10 million tourists visit the sights of Greece, because in the homeland of the ancient civilization there are so many stunningly beautiful, interesting and famous places, like anywhere else in the world. Greece is rightfully considered one of the best resort and tourist centers of Europe, it is on this blessed land that even the smallest town or one of the countless islands has its unforgettable, rich history and events. acropolis

Famous historical places of Greece

  • The Acropolis of Athens. This is the upper fortified part of ancient Athens - the capital of Greece. In this place were the main Greek shrines and the extraordinary beauty of the construction of the classical period. At the top of the Acropolis are the world-famous ancient temples of the Erechtheum and the Parthenon, a number of other structures from the 5th century BC.
  • Temple of Poseidon. Once a magnificent temple of white marble, served as a day lighthouse for sailors, was located on the most outstanding part of Cape Sounion in Athens. Now there are only 16 columns left from the building, one can find the autograph of Lord Byron.
  • Amphitheater in Epidaurus. Among the most ancient Greek cities was founded more than 4 thousand years ago and became famous for the theater, which at one time was considered one of the seven wonders of the world. Today, the well-preserved ruins of the Amphitheater are reminiscent of ancient times, they are being excavated intensively, being a very famous archaeological site of the country.
  • Delphi. This ancient Greek city is famous primarily for the "Delphian echo," picking up any word spoken in a whisper, and spreading it around the neighborhood, amplifying it to maximum volume and then gently dulling it. In this city once the famous Pythian games were held, and also here is the sanctuary of Apollo.
  • Mycenae. The ruins of an impressive archaeological site of the Bronze Age are located on the Peloponnese Peninsula. Historically, this place is associated with some of the most famous Greek myths and legends.
  • Acropolis of Lindos. This place is considered the "precious stone of Rhodes". A beautiful monument of ancient architecture is located on a picturesque steep cliff. On an area of ​​more than 8,000 square meters. m is concentrated an incredible number of historical objects of different eras. Particular attention deserve the bas-relief of the ancient Greek warship, the Long vaulted gallery, the Temple of Athena Lindia, the ancient theater.
  • Ancient Olympia. Based on the name of this historical object, it is not difficult to guess which main function was assigned to it. For a thousand years, Olympia was the sanctuary of Zeus and the venue for the famous Olympic Games. One of the richest museums in Greece is considered to be the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, because here are very valuable exhibits related to the ancient city.
  • Palace of Grand Masters. The palace completes the famous Knights Street of the medieval city of Rhodes. The exterior and interior of the grandiose building with a rich history amaze at first sight. In addition to the beauty of the palace itself, it is worth paying attention to interesting exhibits from different periods of the island's development. Antique furniture, mosaics, sculptures, carpets and much more are waiting for visitors to the Archaeological Museum of Rhodes, opened in the Palace today.
  • The island of Delos. Absolutely unique place in the scale of not one country, but the whole world. Belongs to the number of the largest open-air museums. It is on Delos that one can feel like an archeologist amidst the ruins of an ancient but very well-preserved lost city.
  • Palace of the Empress Sissi. The palace Achilleon was built on Corfu by the decision of Elizabeth of Austria in the late 19th century. A large building and huge gardens with a beautiful view of the island deserve the attention of travelers as wonderful examples of neoclassicism architecture with specific Greek features.
  • Knossos palace. There is an ancient legend that this place is a Labyrinth with a lot of intricate moves, in which King Minos hid the Minotaur. The main features of the palace are, of course, age, unusual blood-red columns, huge staircases and the absence of windows. It is this place that is considered the visiting card of Crete.
  • Panathinaisky Stadium (Panathinaikos). A unique stadium in Athens, the only one of its kind. The peculiarity of this structure is that it is made of white marble. In ancient times here dedicated to the goddess Athena Panathinaean games, and at the end of the 19th century the first Olympic games were held at this stadium.

In Greece, 17 sites are listed in the Worldheritage of UNESCO. The historical sights of Greece always arouse a keen interest among travelers, as 15 items from the list are included according to cultural criteria and are recognized as "masterpieces of human genius", and 2 - according to mixed cultural and natural ones and are "natural phenomena with exceptional beauty and aesthetic importance". Another 8 facilities in the country are candidates for inclusion. Creations of Greek nature deserve no less attention of tourists than the achievements of human hands. Parthenon

World famous natural wonders of Greece

  • Meteors. Christian monasteries, built on huge cliffs. Until now, it remains a mystery how monk hermits managed to build in such extremely difficult environmental conditions. Six monasteries on the territory are still in force.
  • The channel of love. The north-west coast of the island of Corfu is known to many thanks to the intricate creation of nature - yellow rocks are cut by sea channels, forming picturesque arches above the water. According to the legend, couples who swim along the canal, holding hands, will be bound forever and never parted.
  • Cave of Petralona. Not far from Halkidiki at an altitude of 300 m above sea level there is an amazing beauty cave, which gained fame due to bizarre decorations of stalactites and stalagmites. A long time ago this cave served as a dwelling for ancient people, during excavations in it were found the bones of animals, the skeleton of the Neanderthal man, and also traces of fire and tools made of stone.
  • Mirtos beach. This incredible beauty beach stretches in the west of Kefalonia at the foot of the mountains. The beach of a unique white sand mixed with white pebbles in shape resembles a crescent and gradually turns into crystal clear blue water.
  • Cape Prasonisi. Located this miracle of nature in the southernmost part of the island of Rhodes. It is a small islet that connects with Rhodes with a sand isthmus, which in summer is flooded with water. Prasonisi is considered an ideal place for windsurfers, since the wind does not subside, but ordinary tourists should not pass by the natural beauty surrounding the old lighthouse.
  • Valley of butterflies. This is a European reserve on the island of Rhodes, within which an incredible number of diverse butterflies live. A quiet green valley seems to have been created for solitude, only the barely perceptible noise of murmuring brooks and wings of wings can disturb the tranquility of this place.
  • Seven sources. According to the legend in Rhodes, in a place where 7 keys are struck from the ground with scorching cold water, you can be cleansed of 7 deadly sins. And if, after gaining courage, walk barefoot in the dungeon, in which flows a stream collected from sources, then one can get a lifelong indulgence at all. Wishing to experience the destiny a little.

Poseidon temple

Temples, monasteries and sacral places of Greece

  • Mount Athos monasteries. The sacred Mount Athos is one of the most revered in the Christian world. It is here that there is a kind of autonomy - a monastic republic with a population consisting exclusively of men. 20 ancient monasteries, hermitages and huts of hermits scattered on steep rocks. Even the ancient Greeks considered this beautiful peninsula with a high mountain an ideal place to worship the gods.
  • Cathedral of St. Andrew. In the city of Patras on the Peloponnese peninsula, this shrine of the entire Christian world is located. The peculiarity is that the largest Orthodox Greek temple in Greece is located on the supposed site of the crucifixion of St. Andrew the First-Called.
  • Church of St. Demetrius. Christian basilica in the Greek city of Thessaloniki. According to the legend, the Great Martyr Demetrius of Thessalonica died on the site of the building of the church.
  • Mega Spileon. The oldest monastery in Greece, located high in the mountains on the road from Athens to Kalavritu. A large number of pilgrims annually flock to this place, as according to the legend in this place the Apostle Luke wrote his Gospel and made of the mastic and wax the icon of the Mother of God.

Dionysus Theater

Features of Greek museums

Greek museums deserve special attention, soas considered one of the most filled with artifacts and interesting to visit in the world. Few people are also aware of the interesting fact - for many years now the Greeks have been offering their guests the opportunity to visit the ancient monuments once a year in the light of the full moon. The doors of museums open on this evening for free entrance, the collections are shown until late, and theatrical performances and concerts bring a festive mood. The most popular museums of Greece in Athens are the National Archaeological Museum, the Museum of the Kikland culture, the National Gallery, the National Museum of Modern Art; on the island of Crete - Archaeological Museum of Oraklaion, Archaeological Museum of Chania; in Thessaloniki - the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, the Museum of Byzantine Culture, the State Museum of Modern Art and many others. The rich world of the country, the cradle of modern civilizations, is ready to open its arms. Sunny and hospitable Greece always waits for guests, preparing to slightly open the veil of their secrets and legends.