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Mike's Odyssey to Greece - 2005

Part 12: Miscellaneous Athens

After returning from our trip to the Peloponnese, we decided to hang out and tour around Athens after work.  There are actually a lot of cool sights to see around town.  Here are some of the them.

A Byzantine-style Orthodox church built at the base of the Acropolis.  Many Orthodox churches sport this type of design.

Filopappos Hill.  The monument was built in 116 AD to honor a Roman consul.

Lykavittos Hill.  Upon the summit is the Church of Agios Giorgios.

A view of the hills of Athens from the Acropolis.

Panathenaic Stadium.  Built by the Romans, it was renovated in 1895 for use in the first modern Olympic games.

One night, we took the Metro to the Omonia station and went out to walk around.  In addition to a bunch of shops and theaters, there was also the National Library and the University of Athens, which is designed in the classical Greek style.

The Greek National Library.

University of Athens.

The statue of Athena at the University of Athens in detail.

One of the university buildings lit up at night, showing the gold leaf and painted mural.

After one of the trips on the subway, I left our station the Kifissia and saw a sign stating there were Roman tombs nearby.  I didn't realize it at first, but the Roman tombs are in a small building across the street from McDonald's that blended in with all the storefronts on the street.  We must have passed that place a dozen times and never realized it contained archeological finds.

The Roman tombs at Kifissia.

Another sarcophagus at the Roman tombs.

The sarcophagi are lit up at night to show the detailed carvings.

Continue on to Part 13:  Marathon (or "Insert your own long distance joke here")