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Greece Travel Guide

INTRODUCTION

Take a trip back through time and visit Greece! You can see the actual places many of us have only read about in history books. The site of the Greek Empire and birthplace of Western Civilization, Greece still has plenty of ruins for visitors to tour.

You can take a trip to Athens and see the center of the Greek civilization. Many of the most recognizable ancient buildings in the world are at the Acropolis. However, there are other options for tourists in Greece besides traveling through history. Visitors can take a trip to Hydra, Greece, Crete, and Thessaloniki.

Major cities include:

Athens

Crete

Hydra

Thessaloniki

Santorini

HISTORY

Greece has had a long and colorful history. The first advanced civilizations in Europe were formed here in the city-states of Athens and Sparta. From Greece came what we now call classic philosophy and art. Greece became part of the Roman and then Byzantine Empires and was ruled by the Ottoman Empire until 1821, when the Greeks rebelled and formed a monarchy.

In 1896 the Olympic games were revived in Athens. From the years 1944-1966 Greece suffered turmoil and civil war. This continued with the military junta that was established from 1967-1974. Afterwards, democratic rule was restored.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Capital: Athens

Climate: Greece has mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers.

Currency: Euro

Power: 220 V, 50 Hz

Languages: Greek, English, and French.

Time Zone: DST +0300 UTC

ATTRACTIONS

Greece is full of archaeological sites and monuments of wonderful prestige and charm, all of which are linked to known periods of its long-standing history, each of which have left their own mark.

Holy Monastery of Docheiariou:

The Refectory ends at the uppermost point on a high tower which dominates the Monastery. The Katholikon, which is equally high, has been built over the walls of the older church.

Church of Protaton at Karyes:

The Church of Protaton is a three-aisle basilica with its central aisle on a higher level and an external gallery along the northern side. The tall, rectangular bell-tower is built a few meters away from the northeast corner of the church. The marble screen of the church is still in its place, as well as the portable icons painted by Theophanes in the mid 16th century. Inside the sanctuary one can see the miraculous icon of the Virgin Axion Esti.

Palace of the Grandmaster:

Built by the Knights of St.John of Jerusalem on the site of a 7th century Byzantine fortress.

Decorative Arts Museum of Rhodes:

Here on display are wood-carved and ceramic vessels made in Europe and the East. You will also find folk costumes and embroideries from all the islands in the Dodecanese. The exhibits date from the 17th to the early 20th century.

Ancient Cemetery at Aghios Ioannes:

The cemetery is located in the central part of the extensive Rhodian.

The National Theatre of Rhodes:

A facinating building in the Town Hall Square, The National Theatre of Rhodes is a wonderful combination of the International and Fascistic styles. Another thing to check out while your there is the impressive performance hall.

LODGING

Hotel Fresh: This 4 star hotel is located in the heart of Athens and is a cool and stylish hotel that you won't be disappointed with. The hotel is within walking distance to shopping, dining, and public transportation.

Pelican Hotel: This lovely 3 star hotel is located in Santorini and is both a modern and traditional hotel all rolled into one.

Best Western The Park Hotel Piraeus: This is a 3 star hotel located in the center of Piraeus and not far from the boat harbor. The hotel offers an inhouse restaurant and is only a short distance from shopping and dining.


 
 
 
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