New Hotel In Athens

New photos of the Athens hotel, 16 rue Filellinon | Syntagma Square, Athens 10557, Greece (formerly Olympic Palace Hotel)

Athens (/ æθɪnz /, [2], modern greek: Αθήνα, Athina, IPA: [aθina] katharevousa: Ἀθῆναι, Athina, ancient greek: Ἀθῆναι, Athenai), is the capital and largest city of Greece. Athens dominates the Attica periphery, and is one of the oldest cities in the world, because of its history stretches for about 3400 years.

The Greek capital has a population of 745,514 (2001), its administrative limits [1] and covers an area of ​​39 km2 (15 sq mi). [3] The urban area of ​​Athens extends to the administrative boundaries of the city of 3,130,841 inhabitants (2001) [1] and covers an area of ​​412 km2 (159 sq mi). [3] According to Eurostat, Athens, larger urban zone (LUZ) is the most populated LUZ 7 in the European Union (4 th most populous metropolitan EU), population 4,013,368 (2004).

A cosmopolitan metropolis, modern Athens is at the heart of the economy, financial, industrial, political and cultural life in Greece and it is classified as an alpha world city. [4] In 2008, Athens 32nd largest in the world richest city in the purchasing power [5] and 25 expensive [6] in a study of UBS.

Classical Athens was a powerful city-state. A center for art, learning and philosophy, home of the Academy of Plato and Aristotle's Lyceum, [7] [8] It is commonly known as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy [9], [10] largely due to the effect of cultural and political achievements in the 5th century BC and 4 the rest of the continent then known in Europe [11].

The legacy of the classical era is still evident in the city, represented by a number of ancient monuments and artworks, the most famous of all is the Parthenon, considered by many as a landmark of early Western civilization. The city also retains a wide variety of Roman and Byzantine monuments, as well as a small number of Ottoman monuments projecting the city's long history through the centuries. Athens has two World Heritage sites of UNESCO, the Acropolis and the medieval monastery Dafni. Monuments of the modern era, dating from the creation of Athens, the capital of the independent Greek state in 1833, including the Greek Parliament (19th century) and the trilogy of Athens National Library of Greece, Athens University and the Academy Athens. Athens was the host city of the modern Olympics in 1896, and 108 years later it welcomed home the Olympic Games in 2004.

[12] Athens is home to the National Archaeological Museum, the world's largest collection of ancient Greek antiquities, and the new Acropolis Museum.


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