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5 Fun Facts About Athens

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Athens is one of the cities with the longest history in the world. Many important people wandered its streets through out time. It is really worth a visit, and to make it more fun here are some interesting facts about it.

Athens Acropolis

1. One of the oldest cities in the World: its origins date back to 3000 BC. Athens prides itself for being considered as the “Cradle of Civilization” since it was the birthplace of democracy, western philosophy, Olympic games, political science, Western literature, major mathematical principles and theater. It is also believed that the city has been around for so long, it has tried nearly every form of government known to this day.

2. Home of the Gods: ancient Greeks believed the world was ruled by many different gods, each one of them having their own story and special powers. Mount Olympus was their home from where they ruled mankind. There is a story that says Athena and Poseidon competed to who will become guardian of Athens. Poseidon gave the city the gift of water but Athena’s olive tree won the favor of the other gods, making olive trees to be considered sacred in Greece.

3. First Olympic Games: The first Olympic games were held in Athens in 776 BC. People would come from all over Greece to watch the games where the winners were given olive wreaths. Greeks were so serious about this games that athletes who backed out were fined with cowardice. The first games as we know them were held here in 1896, the city then hosted them again in 2004.

4. Origins of the Theater: Greek tragedies were played in honor of Dionysus, the god of wine. Comedies in the other hand were about low-class characters. Only boys were allowed to act on the plays, they had to wear large mask so the audience could tell the part they were playing.

5. Acropolis: its name comes from the word “Acro” meaning “high” and “polis” meaning “city”. It refers to the sacred hill where ancient Greeks built many temples honoring their gods. The most important is the Parthenon in honor of goddess Athena, from where Athens gets its name. The Acropolis has survived all kind of natural disasters, wars and invasions for over 20 centuries. Lord Elgin, a former Ambassador to Constantinople, took almost the entire collection of statues, vases and monuments left from the temples and sold them to the British Museum. There is a long-standing dispute between Greece and Britain about this now infamous “Elgin Marbles”.

Athens Hotels

athens hotel marinaAthens Hotel Marina
The Marina hotel is located in the centre of Athens, only a few metres away from Omonia square and within walking distance of the city’s major sightseeing attractions at € 40

Best western hotel museumBest Western Hotel Museum
The Best Western Hotel Museum is a comfortable city hotel which enjoys a convenient position in the centre of Athens, at € 50.

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21 responses to “5 Fun Facts About Athens”

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  1. Corina Dumitrescu says via Facebook:
    September 28th, 2010 at 04:24

    About # 2 fun fact: OF COURSE the olive trees were considered sacred, because nothing else grows on those bare hills. This isn’t a “fun fact” , it’s a tough reality of the land.

  2. Anna says:
    September 28th, 2010 at 16:18

    The first Olympic games in 776 BC were not held in Athens, they took place in Olympia, hence “olympic” games.

  3. Cassandra says:
    September 28th, 2010 at 17:38

    And one more fun fact.

    The Elgin Marbles are staying with the British Museum for evermore.

  4. wallace says:
    October 9th, 2010 at 15:31

    Just out of curiosity, where did the writer take the information? No sources are quoted or attributed.

  5. Kevin says:
    October 9th, 2010 at 15:33

    Return the Elgin Marbles back to Greece and Cassandra, you can keep the marbles that are already in your head :)

  6. julia says:
    January 12th, 2012 at 20:35

    i love Even!!!

  7. dunglie says:
    January 23rd, 2012 at 22:39


  8. MoeeBugg14 says:
    March 29th, 2012 at 15:27

    Athens Is Better Than Sparta For Many Important Reasons on is because they didn’t think about fighting all the time as Sparta was built on fighting non stop .

  9. jazzie says:
    May 27th, 2012 at 11:47

    hahahahahahaha you guys are mad

  10. fart y smarty says:
    September 15th, 2012 at 14:11


  11. Bobby says:
    September 27th, 2012 at 23:13


  12. kili says:
    October 26th, 2012 at 03:33

    da polo of my father is so yummy to my
    taste….. 8=3 0:

  13. preston says:
    November 29th, 2012 at 19:11

    there interesting

  14. saintsman47G says:
    November 29th, 2012 at 19:21

    this is fucking awsome

  15. Bang~Bang_IDontLike;) says:
    January 9th, 2013 at 02:11

    This Is Awesome Fun Facts .!! Dont Ya Think ..??

  16. Kostas says:
    February 2nd, 2013 at 19:38

    “Acro” does not mean high it means “on the edge” so Acropolis is the “city on the edge”.

  17. Shennon says:
    June 6th, 2014 at 20:36

    Although the ancient Games were staged in Olympia, Greece, from 776 BC through 393 AD, it took 1503 years for the Olympics to return. The first modern Olympics were held in Athens, Greece, in 1896.

  18. cristina says:
    November 20th, 2014 at 17:01

    It is awesome

  19. Amelia says:
    December 10th, 2014 at 20:34

    This is pretty damn cool, if I hadn’t come across this, I wouldn’t have gotten as much info on my essay as I had!!! Thank you! :3

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    October 9th, 2010 at 13:01

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    October 9th, 2010 at 15:35

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