This shortcut video features footage from the event held at the Acropolis Museum in Athens, celebrating World Tourism Day September 27, 2012, organised by the Ministry of Tourism, with a live performance by The Orchestra of Colours at the Archaic Gallery room.
It is the Athens symbol, the sacred rock, the connection between ancient and contemporary civilizations. The monuments that stand today on the Sacred Rock are dated from the prehistoric period up to the ancient times. There is not even one person (Greek or foreign visitor) that does not want to pay due honor to this sacred rock and see its beauty and glory.
Athens has a couple of vantage points besides the Acropolis, from which you can get superb views of the city. Lycabettus Hill is really a limestone rock reaching almost 1,000 feet into the once-crystalline Athenian sky. In the evening, the top half is floodlit, and from the Acropolis it looks something like a giant souffle.
The “core” of the historic centre is the Plaka neighborhood (at the eastern side of the Acropolis), which has been inhabited without interruption since antiquity.
Herodion, as it is called today, was built in 161 B.C. by Tiberius Claudius Herod Atticus, renowned personality, teacher and philosopher who inherited his father’s wealth. Herod Atticus built this roofed Odeon for music concerts in honor of his wife Regilla, after her death. The Ancient Greeks used to organize musical events in this venue. Nowadays, every summer Athens Festival events take place in this theater.
The temple of Olympian Zeus (6th c. B.C.) is one of the largest in antiquity and close by Hadrian’s Arch (131 A.D.), which forms the symbolic entrance to the city.
It was originally a natural hollow part of the ground between the two hills of Agra and Ardettos, over Ilissos river. It was transformed into a stadium by Lykourgos in 330-329 BC for the athletic competitions of the Great Panathinaea Festivities. It is believed that the Stadium had a seating capacity of 50.000 people. The modern times restoration of the Stadium was conducted by the end of the 19th century for the first Olympic Games that were reborn again in 1896.
The Acropolis Museum is a state-of-the-art, purpose-built museum that is a 5-minute walk from the actual archaeological site. It offers the best physical, architectural and conceptual conditions for the display of all the Acropolis sculptures in their original archaeological and historical context.
A place of incomparable history, beauty and landmarks of the ancient world, Athens, Greece, holds court as the cradle of Western civilisation and home to a number of dazzling sites unlike any other place on earth. As one of the oldest cities in the world, travellers will find themselves immersed in a city beaming with monuments accessible through a pedestrian walk unifying the most important archaeological sites, which also engulfs Herodion Hotel. Travellers will feel the blending of ancient and modern as they move around the city from the old Plaka and Thissio neighbourhoods to the trendy areas of Gazi and Kerameikos. Athens is also an ideal gateway to both the Greek islands and the sunny Athens Riviera.
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