Where to go in Greece
You can not see the sights of GreeceOne week, and if you dig deeper - not one year. After all, one of the most powerful ancient cultures was born and developed here, which gave so much to the present. It's not for nothing that the proverb is known that everything is in Greece.
Start an inspection of antiquities and acquaintance withGreek traditions stand with Athens, which still retain the status of the capital city. The heart of Athens is the ancient Acropolis and a museum on its territory, recognized as part of UNESCO's World Heritage. It is interesting that the Parthenon - the main temple of Athens and all of Attica - was rebuilt at various times by invaders for their religious needs, was a temple of the Virgin, a mosque and even a harem of the Sultan.
In ancient times - the abode of the gods, and now -The national park and the highest mountain range in Greece. Here there are 23 unique species of plants and many rare animals. For the first time the highest point of Olympus was conquered by climbers in 1913. If you look at the peak of Stephanie at a certain angle, it resembles a giant throne.
Temple of Olympian Zeus
One of the recognized wonders of Greece, the greatestA cult object of antiquity throughout the country. According to legend, once in his place Deucalion, the mythical forefather of mankind, communicated with the gods. The temple was built (and understood) by various kings for 650 years. The Roman emperor Sulla took some of the design details out of him in order to build a similar structure in Rome. Earlier in the temple was one of the wonders of the ancient world - the statue of Zeus of the Olympian, not preserved until now.
Labyrinth of the Minotaur
Absolutely original culture developed inAncient time on the island of Crete. It's worth to look at Knossos palace of King Minos, better known as the Minotaur Labyrinth. Legend has it that in the palace was hidden the ugly son of the ruler, born with the head of a bull. Until now, the walls have preserved numerous thematic murals and secret signs that archaeologists can not decipher.
The Rhodes Fortress
Rhodes is another excellent Greek resort,Can boast a knight's castle (actually the Rhodian fortress) of the 14th century and numerous traces of the stay of the defenders of the Holy Sepulcher. Here the crusaders held back the attacks of Muslims for more than 200 years and were conquered only by Suleiman the Great. The fortress is also called "Castello" or "Palace of the Grand Masters". Its foundation was laid on the site of the destroyed temple to the Greek god Helios.
The Dictaean Cave
The Dictus Cave or the abode of Zeus,Located on about. Crete, according to legend, is the birthplace of the head of the ancient Greek pantheon. Fanciful stalactites and stalagmites create in it an unusual beauty of the column, and inside the visitors there is a crystal clear lake. In the 19th century excavations were carried out here, as a result of which the altars and statuettes dedicated to Zeus were recovered.
Monasteries of Meteora
In the north of Greece, in the mountains of Thessaly,Travelers are waiting for another cult place - the monasteries of Meteora. Six massive rocks support six monasteries, erected at different times by Christian hermits. Only in the early 20th century tourist routes were laid for them. Previously, there were more buildings here, but only the most significant ones remained:
- St. Varlaam;
- Monastery of Rusan;
- St. Nicholas of Anapavsas;
- St. Stephen's;
- Holy Trinity.
Are not you tired of the excursions and you want more? Then be sure to look at the island of Elafonissi with its wonderful pink sand, climb Mount Athos, admire the Golden Delphi or the numerous museums of antiquities.