Athens, Greece. June 2018 (11 photos)
This is Part 1 of my Greece 2018 photo series, and also Part 10 of my Europe 2018 photo series.
Leaving Vienna, I headed towards the Mediterranean and arrived onto Greek soil for a 10 day stay, dividing my time between 3 vastly different parts of Greece. Athens was the first of those areas I visited in Greece. Here’s a quick look at Athens.
Above is part of Monastiraki, with a view to the Acropolis in the background.
“Church of Panaghia Kapnikarea”
Dwarfed by more modern buildings.
“Athenian Street Art”
Street art, good and bad, is a major feature in Athens, post Greek Financial Crisis.
“In the Plaka”
Tables at a taverna in the Plaka district. In fact, I ended up back here for lunch a few hours later, seated at the 3rd table up.
“Lunch is late”
Still in the Plaka area.
Central Municipal Athens Market
“A view above Athens”
“Sunset on the Acropolis”
The Acropolis is an ancient citadel located on a rocky outcrop above the city of Athens and contains the remains of several ancient buildings of architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon which you can see on the right.
The Parthenon is a former temple dedicated to the goddess Athena, daughter of Zeus, whom the people of Athens considered their patron. Construction began in 447 BC when the Athenian Empire was at the peak of its power.
“Watching the father”
The view from the Acropolis, looking toward the Temple of Olympian Zeus. On the bottom left of the photo you can see The Arch of Hadrian, supposedly built to celebrate the arrival of the Roman Emperor Hadrian and to honour him for his many benefactions to the city, on the occasion of the dedication of the nearby temple complex in 131 AD.
The Temple of Olympian Zeus is a former colossal temple dedicated to “Olympian” Zeus, a name originating from his position as head of the Olympian gods. Construction began in the 6th century BC during the rule of the Athenian tyrants, who envisaged building the greatest temple in the ancient world.
Zeus is the sky and thunder god in ancient Greek religion, who rules as king of the gods of Mount Olympus. Looking upon the ruins, I was reminded of a poem by Percy Shelley, entitled: Ozymandias.
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert… near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal these words appear:
‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings;
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
“Zeus was here…
…and so was Draco”