Welcome to Athens
Athens is the largest city and the capital of Greece. It has been continuously inhabited for at least 5,000 years, with the first settlements dating from the Neolithic age. In the 5th Century BC (the “Golden Age of Athens’ long, fascinating history) the city’s values and civilization acquired a universal significance. The heritage of the classical era is still evident in the city, represented by ancient monuments and works of art, the most famous of all being the Parthenon, considered a key landmark of early Western civilization. The city also retains Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman monuments, a rare historical archive. In 1834, it became the capital of the modern Greek state and in the course of the last two centuries it has become an attractive modern metropolis with unrivalled charm.
The historic center (Plaka, Monastiraki and Thission), lying just beneath the Acropolis, is famous for its plentiful neoclassical architecture, making up one of the most scenic districts of the city. It remains a prime tourist destination with tavernas, stylish cafés and bars, live performances, small shops, as well as upscale boutiques. A large part of the City’s historic center has been converted into a pedestrian zone (the largest in Europe), leading to the major archaeological sites (“archaeological park”), reconstructing – to a large degree – the ancient landscape.
The conference venue is within the historic center and an easy stroll to most monuments and attractions.
A travel agent will be at the venue for more information on exploring Athens and beyond.