Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Wondering Around Athens [Part 1] - Lycabettus Hill

Athens is the capital of Greece since 1834, at that time the population of the city was less than 30000 people. Nowadays, Athens has a population of more than 4 million.

The city of Athens is inhabited since the prehistoric times thus it has so many different things to see and various sites to visit. 

Starting from the hotel at the foot of the Lycabettus hill and Kolonaki area, I will begin to present interesting routes not only within the city walls but also I will suggest excursions in the region of Attica.

Lycabettus Hill

  According to Artemidorus, the word Lycabettus derives from the Greek word "Lyx", referring to the notion of twilight.

  At the top of the hill, there's  the chapel of St George built in 1830's at the time when Athens became the capital of Greece. There is also another smaller chapel on the side of Lycabettus, carved inside the hill, the chapel of St Isidorus.
 Lycabettus Hill is a popular tourist destination and can be ascended by the funicular railway, situated at the Kolonaki area ( Aristippou Str.)
 During the summer period, you will have the opportunity to visit also the open air theatre at the top of the hill where many important greek and international artists have performed including Paco de  Lucia, BB King, Nick Cave, Radiohead, Pet Shop Boys and others. If you have the opportunity to do so, check the concerts' program.

to be continued....


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