Interesting facts -Athens

by Tailor Your Holiday Team Greece

Interesting facts -Athens
  • The city of Athens was named after Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom and war. She and the god of the ocean, Poseidon, had a rivalry over who would become the patron of this new city. Each bestowed a gift to the city and were judged on which was the better gift. Depending on the different versions of the legend, Poseidon either gave the gift of water or the horse.
  • Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world, its origins date back to 3000 BC. Athens prides itself for being considered as the “Cradle of Civilization” since it was the birthplace of democracy, western philosophy, Olympic games, political science, Western literature, major mathematical principles and theater. 
  • The first Olympic Games were held in 776 B.C. in Olympia, in Peloponnese, but the city-state of Athens also had its own games, called the Panathenaic Games since 566 B.C.
  • Democracy was established in Athens around 500 B.C.
  • Athens is home to 148 theater stages, more than the West End and Broadway combined.
  • Over 50,000 artifacts were excavated during construction of Athens Metro. 
  • The marathon is a commemoration of the run of the Greek soldier Pheidippides , who ran from Marathon to Athens to report the Athenians’ victory against the Persians in 490 B.C.
  • Acropolis overlooks the old Theatre of Dionysus, which could hold up to 17,000 people. The buildings on top of the Acropolis include the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, and the Propylaia, all of which date back to the 5th century BC.
  • The oldest discovered evidence of human settlement in Athens is the Cave of Schist, which might date back as far as 11,000 to 7,000 BC.
  • Athens is home to a total of 17 Foreign Archaeological Institutes.
  • In 2015, 240,000 people were asked by European Best Destination to vote on which European city was the best one to visit. Athens came in third place.
  • Athens contains the largest of the many international airports found in Greece. Greece has one of the highest numbers of international airports of any country in Europe