• Posted:Wednesday, June 24, 2009
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Athens a history lovers paradise

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Athens  a history lovers paradise
Athens is a place dear to the hearts of many history lovers, including my good self. The Greek capital is awash with wonders of the ancient world and is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in the great civilisations of years gone by.

But those who may have taken it in on their previous backpacking travels could have a new reason to go and see it all again. Last week saw the Acropolis Museum open in the heart of the city, a state-of-the-art facility designed to bring history to life for visitors.

Sean Newsom wrote for the Sunday Times that while the centre might be missing the Elgin Marbles and doesn't have quite the same number of show-stopping pieces as the National Archaeological Museum down the road, it is the icing on the cake after a long period of renovation for the historical district.

"Consider the new museum as the final touch in the rehabilitation of the whole Acropolis site and you won't be disappointed," he remarked.

I for one would love an excuse to go back and am already debating which hostel to stay in. There's a reason why the Parthenon and other Acropolis attractions top Matt Barrett's Athens Guide list of the best things to do in the city, and there is so much to do elsewhere.

The Temple of Poseidon at Sounion is another great historical site, and for those looking for more modern culture there is the Monastiraki Flea Market and the Agora-Athens Central Market to sink your teeth into.

And if you just fancy a nice relaxing break with a breathtaking view over the entire city, Mount Lycabettus has exactly what you need.

Sam BuckleyADNFCR-2435-ID-19233605-ADNFCR
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