Monday, November 24, 2014
The location of of the arch is very unique and important. Is located north from the Temple Of Zeus. In the picture you can see a little bit of the temple in the background. It is south of the Acropolis complex. But most importantly, it located on an ancient road that crossed most of Athens. When the Roman Empire Hadrian came into the city he ordered a gate to be made in his honor welcoming people. This is one of the many version that are giving as the reason the Arch was built.
The national library of Greece which is located in Athens near the center of the city, was built in 1832 in a neo-classical style by architect Freiherr Von Hansen. This has to be one of the nicest buildings in Athens. I expected all the buildings in Athens to be based on neo-classicalism. But that was just not the case. Most of the architecture in Athens is very simple and basic.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Greece is an amazing place to see street art. The streets are filled with it. Mostly it is protest art. There is a large anarchist community in Athens that is very involved in political activism, and they use street art as a platform to get there political views to large number of people.
The church of Ago is Eleftherios, is very small church located next to the Metropolitan Cathedral Of Athens. The church is from the Byzantine period and it dates back to the 13th century. The church is located near a shopping and restaurant district. The area is amazing because it is covered with trees that provide great shade during long and hot Mediterranean day. There is just really relax vibe going on in this area.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
The runner is sculpture located in near the parliament and Evaggelismos general hospital. The sculpture was created by Costas Varotsos in 1988. What makes this such a unique piece of art is that is made out of green glass. The glass gives a really unique sense of movement. It has become world renowned for being one of the weirdest works of public art in the world. Throughout my trip I found this to be one of my favorite works of art. The only other place that has such unique statues has to be Bratislava.
As you might have guessed, the museum is dedicated to all the wars the modern day and ancient state Greece has fought throughout its history. The museum has a vary large collation of ancient weapons, As well as a large amount of artifacts from the second world war, and a room dedicated to the Turkish invasion of Cyprus It was a little shocking to me that such a cool museum was empty. It felt like a ghost town.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Sunday, November 16, 2014
The Greek parliament is home to two very interesting things. One is the changing of the guard. Which happens ever hour on the hour, rain or shine, 24/7. The ceremony of the changing of the guard is very unique and elaborate. Also the tomb of the unknown soldier is located in front of the parliament. In the picture behind me there is a carving of an Hellenic soldier laying down. That is the tomb of the unknown soldier.
The Church of Panagia Kapnikarea, is a byzantine church dating back to 1050. The church is located on Ermou street, which is right in the center of Athens. Which makes this a really unique place. Because the area is so rounded by shops and restaurant's and right in the middle of all that, is this small old church. Its very surreal. Inside the church during periods when it is open to the public, there are always two Nuns, who make sure the church is clean and people are not damaging it. For such a small space it is filled with amazing pieces of art that go back more then 900 years. Its a great place to find quite in the middle of the hectic city.
Friday, November 14, 2014
Syntagma square is located in front of the Greek parliament. It is small square with not a lot of things but a fountain and so street vendors. But because its location it might be the most important square in Athens. When there are large national events mostly relating to politics people gather in this square.
Ermou Street is one of the mean shopping streets in Athens. Most of the shops located on the street are western shops, and some local Greek clothing stores. The street is also very important because it one of the streets that leads up to the Greek parliament. Due to this fact the street is swarming with riot police. The police according to locals, are just there to make tourist feel safe. But they are also there to keep an eye on protest, or riots that may break out. In the last couple of years Athens has being rocked by protest due to weak economy.
Monday, November 10, 2014
When i ordered my first gyro I made the mistake of asking for Beef. Apparently in Athens you are suppose to ask for it on a pita, which includes everything even beef. So instead I just got a plate of meat with bread. It was also expensive, I guess those things happen to tourist.
Those are Beef and Lamb racks of meat that are used to make Gyro's. A traditional Greek dish made out of meat, chop tomatoes, onions, lettuce, and Tzatziki sauce, wrap on pita bread. In Athens in every street corner Gyro's a sold for only a few Euro's. It has to be the cheapest meal I had in Europe.