Probably one of the best – known landmarks in the world, Parthenon resides on top of the Acropolis hill in Athens. One of the surviving Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the construction of the Parthenon temple started in 447 BC and was completed in 432 BC, replacing an earlier temple destroyed by the Persians. The temple has since been used as a fortress, a church, a mosque and a powder magazine. If you visit Athens, this is definitely one of your first stops.
If you visit the Cycladic Islands, make sure you go to the volcanin island of Santorini. It offers one of the most breathtaking sunset views on top of an active volcano; the view is only enhanced with the white – washed houses and the blue – domed churches scattered across the landscape. It is the perfect marriage of Venetian and Cycladic architecture, offering anything a visitor would ever need.
The Meteora rocks (meaning “suspended in the air” in Greek) is a cluster of rocks towering over the city of Kalabaka near the Pindos mountain range in Central Greece. The monasteries that are built on top of these rocks comprise the second most important monastic complex in Greece after Aghion Oros. The monasteries have been included in the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1988.
How about a visit to the “navel of the world”? Greek mythology tells us that Zeus once let two eagles fly on opposite directions around the globe and they met in Delphi, which became the centre or “navel of the world”. Delphi is also known by the Oracle that was built here; although this has not survived today, you may visit the Ancient Theatre built on a hill, giving spectators a view of the sanctuary and the spectacular landscape.
Of course, the most important Ancient Theatre of all was the one in Epidavros, which has also been included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site List. This theatre is the most beautiful and the best preserved; it was built in 340 BC to cater for the entertainment of sick people that came here to be healed at the Asclepion Temple. It is known for its excellent acoustics and it is used even today for theatrical performances.