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Jun 30 2017

Historical Sites to Visit near Athens

Category: Destinations | General | Sightseeing | Historykmaxwell @ 09:12

There is much to explore in Athens—from museums to ancient architecture to the vibrant nightlife. But many of the region's most fascinating archaeological sites lie outside the city. If you're ready to dig deeper into Greek history, head to these remarkable spots. ("Yamas" [cheers] to adventure!)

Mycenae

Located southwest of Athens, in the northeastern Peloponnese (a peninsula in southern Greece), this archeological site was one of the major centers of Greek civilization during the late Bronze Age Era. In fact, the period of Greek history from about 1600-1100 BC is called "Mycenaean" in reference to this important citadel.

According to Greek myth, Mycenae was founded by the legendary hero Perseus, son of Zeus and Danae. It was also the home of Agamemnon, commander-in-chief of the Greeks at Troy. Be sure to check out the Lion Gate, which served as the main entrance to the citadel and is the only surviving monumental piece of Mycenaean sculpture.

The Lion Gate at Mycenae; via Wikimedia Commons

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Nov 7 2011

A weekend in the Classic City

Category: Destinations | DiningChristine @ 08:34

Thinking of flying south for the winter? If you happen to find yourself in Georgia, consider making a detour to Athens. More...

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Oct 20 2011

Five Foot Races for the Adventurous Athlete

Category: RecreationMegan Leader @ 06:15

Nearly every large city in the world has its own annual marathon. But for travelers looking for something a little more exotic, these five foot races are sure to pose unique challenges to even the most experienced marathoner.More...

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