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Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece. Athens dominates the Attica region and is one of the world's oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning around 3,400 years. Classical Athens was a powerful city-state. A centre for the arts, learning and philosophy, home of Plato's Academy and Aristotle's Lyceum, it is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy, largely due to the impact of its cultural and political achievements during the 5th and 4th centuries BC in later centuries on the rest of the then known European continent. Today a cosmopolitan metropolis, modern Athens is central to economic, financial, industrial, political and cultural life in Greece. In 2008, Athens was ranked the world's 32nd richest city by purchasing power and the 25th most expensive in a UBS study.


The Athens Larger Urban Zone (LUZ) is the 7th most populous LUZ in the European Union (the 4th most populous capital city of the EU) with a population of 4,013,368 (in 2004). Athens is also the southernmost capital on the European mainland.


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 and Byzantine monuments, as well as a smaller number of Ottoman monuments.


Athens is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Acropolis of Athens and the medieval Daphni Monastery. Landmarks of the modern era, dating back to the establishment of Athens as the capital of the independent Greek state in 1833, include the Hellenic Parliament (19th century) and the Athens Trilogy consisting of the National Library of Greece, the Athens University and the Academy of Athens. Athens was the host city of the first modern-day Olympic Games in 1896, and 108 years later it welcomed home the 2004 Summer Olympics. Athens is home to the National Archeological Museum, featuring the world's largest collection of ancient Greek antiquities, as well as the new Acropolis Museum.

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They are frequently dispatched to intercept Turkish jets encroaching on what Athens considers Greek airspace. Read more: Erdogan's prickly visit to Greece. Officials in Ankara recently issued statements disputing Greek claims of sovereignty over a number of islets close to Turkey's Aegean shoreline. F-16
In a speech before Greece's Parliament on Thursday, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker expressed optimism about Greece's economic recovery and called on its European partners to honor pledges for debt relief. Juncker praised the fiscal adjustment Greece has achieved ...

Athens is far more than just your port of entry to a week spent island hopping. In the last few years, the Greek capital has enjoyed renewed status as a European arts capital—perhaps best signified by the arrival of the $623 million, Renzo Piano–designed Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in ...
On a day when Turkey's premier, Binali Yildirim, claimed Turkish forces removed a flag from a Greek islet, Thanos Dokos, director-general of the Athens-based Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy, was quoted by Bloomberg warning of an accidental incident sparking a conflict. However ...
ATHENS, Greece — A teenager with missing teeth stands next to a yellow phone booth, his brown eyes dull and glassy. Just 17 when he left Afghanistan, ... Two years ago, the Balkan countries to the north of Greece closed their borders, blocking the migrant route to Western Europe. The United Nations ...
Thousands of Greeks turned up at a rally and march in central Athens organized by the Communist Party to protest the US-led airstrikes against Syria, and more marches are being planned against the operation. Thousands turned up at a rally and march on Saturday in central Athens organized by the ...

Greece, still in the midst of a long-running economic crisis, has seen visitor numbers soar in recent years, with Athens receiving a record number of tourists in 2017, up to 5 million. According to the Bank of Greece, the number of inbound visitors to the country rose 9.7 per cent to 27.1 million last year.
Uber is still very much at odds with some cities over their attitudes toward ridesharing. The company is suspending UberX service in Athens, Greece from April 10th onward in the wake of newly-approved laws that limit how ridesharing companies can operate in the capital. It's not clear "if and how" Uber can ...
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Brief scuffles broke out between demonstrators and Greek police in central Athens during a protest by teachers and students demanding more hiring of teachers for state schools and universities. Toward the end of Friday's protest march by hundreds of demonstrators, police fired ...
Athens, Greece - Propped up on the radiator next to a battered door is a half-charred plaque that welcomes visitors to the office of the Afghan Community in Greece. The door, also burned, hangs loosely from the hinges. Inside, a wooden desk is collapsed in front of a soot-blackened wall, a shattered ...
Athens, Greece - The number of hate crimes motivated by race, national origin or skin colour in Greece nearly tripled in 2017 when compared with the previous year, a police spokesperson told Al Jazeera. Hate crimes of this type - among them attacks and hate speech - soared to 133 last year, according to ...
One in two Greeks (51 percent) have a negative view of the way their government is handling the case of two soldiers jailed in Turkey, a poll shows. In the survey conducted by Pulse on behalf of Skai television, 30 percent of respondents “definitely disagree” with the way Maximos Mansion handles the case ...
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek court on Friday rejected another request from Turkey for the extradition of eight Turkish servicemen who fled to Greece in July 2016 after a failed military coup. The Athens appeals court ruled that the men would not get a fair trial in Turkey and would face inhumane ...
A new video from Greek filmmaker and photographer Alexandros Maragos shows viewers a side of Athens they rarely get to see. ... In addition to showcasing the city's urban side, Maragos scaled some of the highest points both in and around Athens to capture mesmerizing overarching shots of the city ...
ATHENS - Palladian is organizing the Travel Law Forum2018 - Consumer Rights in digital era which will take place on Friday, March 16th, 2018 (attendance 09.00) at the hotel N.J.V. Plaza, in Athens, under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Tourism and in cooperation with the International Institute of Air ...
After a strong start, talks between government officials of both countries over the name dispute between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) have slowed down significantly as Athens awaits significant concessions from Skopje on Greece's key demand for changes to ...

ATHENS, Greece — Arriving in Athens this month, I never thought I would find myself in an atmosphere reminiscent of the troubled 1980s. At that time, I was a frequent visitor to Greece and I followed the country's elections, when Greek politicians were riding anti-Turkey sentiments among the public for ...
Athens, Greece - Greek police raided three anarchist squats in the capital and arrested at least 12 people, local media reported on Monday. Police officers carried out the evacuations of Gare and Zaimi, a pair of squats in the Exarchia district of Athens, and another in Koukaki, another nearby neighbourhood ...
IN A STATEMENT released on March 1, a group identified only as 'Anarchists' claimed responsibility for a number of attacks across Greece - including one on a police station - and threatened further attacks in the capital Athens, The Times reported. The statement referred to the detention of 29-year-old ...
Ancient monuments, such as this, are hallmarks of the city - both highlighting a rich heritage and adding a classic, historical feel to the city. This historical energy is what separates Athens from many other major cities of the world which have been globalized to such an extent that they have lost all remnants ...
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Athens and other cities Wednesday, vowing to challenge ongoing bailout-related austerity measures after the rescue program ends in a few months. Three successive demonstrations were held in Athens in opposition to the sale ...
Chief of the Hellenic National Defence Staff Admiral Angelos Apostolakis met U.S. Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey R. Pyatt on Wednesday to discuss regional developments, including the country's increasingly tense relationship with its neighbours in Turkey, Greek newspaper Kathimerini reports.
Investors are now seemingly content with holding Greek debt. On February 8, Greece issued a new seven-year bond and raised 3 billion euros ($3.72 billion) at a yield of 3.5 percent. The issuance proved to be oversubscribed. Greece is set to break free from years of international help in August when its ...
Greece's highest research institute — the Academy of Athens — has said Skopje needs to revise its claims to “the history, culture and symbols of our country”. In an announcement on Friday it said: “The Academy of Athens has closely monitored this nationally important issue and has repeatedly stated its ...
Footage revealed by Greek newspaper Kathimerini appearing to show a Turkish patrol boat ramming a Greek coast guard boat near the disputed uninhabited islets of Kardak/Imia on Monday have illustrated the recent rise in tensions between the two Aegean powers.
Athens toughened up its stance on Turkish action in the eastern Aegean, with the foreign minister and the government spokesman making it clear to ... Kotzias also clarified that “Imia is Greek” and warned Ankara “you should not open a gray-zone issue, because if we do, based on international law, not only ...
Chinese artists perform at an art show "Happy Chinese New Year, Night of Beijing" in Athens,Greece, on Feb. 10, 2018. Greeks joined their Chinese friends living in Athens on Saturday in celebrations ahead of the Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival. Under the theme "Night of Beijing", artists from the ...
Soak up the energy. Athens today is what Berlin was like 20 years ago—or at least, so say my middle-aged Berlin friends. Greece's financial troubles are not over, but the city keeps humming along, and is attracting the young and ambitious. Compared to some European capitals, rent in Athens is dirt cheap, ...
People with Greek flags attend a rally in Athens, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. Protesters gather in the Greek capital for a massive rally to protest a potential Greek compromise in a dispute with neighboring Macedonia over the former Yugoslav republic's official name. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)more +.
The Greek parliament voted earlier this week in favor of a bill that will change how Islamic law is applied in the country's Western Thrace region. With the new legislation, Muslim Turks in Western Thrace will be able to choose between civil courts or Sharia courts to settle family issues and inheritance ...
An op-ed in the online edition of Germany's Spiegel on Thursday accused Greece of “sacrificing” the human rights of eight Turkish servicemen seeking political asylum in their homeland over the failed coup of 2016 in order to appease Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Written by Giorgos Christides ...
Communist-affiliated PAME workers unionists holds a banner reading "We go into a counterattack - hands off strike" as they march past police vans outside the Greek Prime minister's office in Athens, as they protest against a law submitted to the parliament which includes strike restrictions as part of the ...
Following a request by archaeologist Efi Baziotopoulou-Valavani, Papagrigorakis said his team researched the cause of the plague that decimated Athens in 430 BC (during the Peloponnesian War) from ancient DNA, with the help of a Greek dentist/biologist/geneticist. In 2006, the team established that the ...
Deputy Prime Minister of Macedonia Bujar Osmani center, arrives for a meeting with Greek Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs George Katrougalos in Athens, Greece, on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. Osmani is in Greece as the two countries have agreed to resume efforts to try and resolve a long-standing name ...
Dynamo Kiev supporters who are in Athens for a soccer game against local club AEK, created significant damage to a cafeteria in Kolonaki during a fight on Thursday ... They ran away when neighboring shopkeepers called the police, which has detained at least 18 people, all of them non-Greeks.
Greek destinations Herakleion and Athens are “standout performers in 2017”, according to research for World Travel Market London – the ...
With the bailout due to end next year, Greece is making a tentative return to the ... Athens tested market sentiment in July with the release of a ...
The Greek government has reacted very calmly to the expropriation of homes and businesses of the Greek minority in Himara, after the ...
Athens in Greece is one of the most majestic cities in the world. These spectacular Athens images show why you must visit it at least once.
“The Fall of Athens,” Gail Holst-Warhaft's heartbreaking yet uplifting book on Greece and the Greeks, begins with a link to a song. “A song every ...
Athens said on Tuesday that it is closely monitoring events in Albania as ... as unconstitutional while Greece has warned it could hurt Tirana's ...
By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Athens, Greece, Oct 28 – Greek police said they arrested a suspect Saturday over a series of letter bomb ...
ATHENS — Greece expects to beat creditors' projections and achieve a higher primary surplus this year and buoyant growth in 2018, ...
As one of the most centrally located luxury hotels in Athens, guests are within .... Restaurant is the hotel's fine-dining option featuring Greek-inspired gourmet ...
... the multi-Grammy-winning FOO FIGHTERS as they tear through their classic hit "The Pretender" live from the Acropolis in Athens, Greece.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say they have finished cleaning up a section of Athens coastline polluted by a large oil slick more ...
Syntagma Square is one of Athens's hubs – a broad space at whose east end the Greek Parliament stands. Take a stroll along Mitropoleos and ...


 

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