Jul 19, 2008

Ancient Sightseeing

We pretty much tried to "conquer Athens" in a day by going, and when I say going, I mean walking, around to see all the ancient sites. It was fun to see it all, but this preggo girl's feet were a little pounding by the end of it all!

Temple of Zeus
A short walk from the acropolis you can visit the Temple of Zeus. Originally there were 104 Corinthian columns, but now there are only 15 left standing.
One of the columns actually blew down in a storm in 1852. I love this picture because you can see how they would make the columns in rings and stack them together. Again, it amazed us how they built such huge temples without a crane!
Panathinaiko Stadium
Home of the first modern Olympic GamesThe Agora
The Agora was a place found in almost every ancient Greek city where people gathered to conduct business and discuss politics and current events. In Athens, the Agora is where Greek democracy first came to life. This was truly the "downtown" of the ancient world where so many important events in the city took place. After walking around a while, it was cool to sit under an olive tree and wash your hands in the stone water fountain. So Greek!

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