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Snow in Athens (Feb. 08)
Snow in Athens (Feb. 08)
Snow in Athens (Feb. 08)
Snow in Athens (Feb. 08)
The ancient temple of Athena Parthenon
The ancient temple of Athena Parthenon
City between columns
City between columns
Capital of Greece, located on the Attika peninsula of the southern mainland
Athens (Greek: Αθήνα), the capital and largest city of Greece, dominates the Attica periphery: as one of the world's oldest cities, its recorded history spans at least 3,000 years.



The Greek capital has a population of 745,514 (in 2001) within its administrative limitsand a land area of 39 km² (15 sq mi).The Athens Larger Urban Zone is the 8th most populated Larger Urban Zone in the European Union with a population of 3,894,573 (in 2001).

A bustling and cosmopolitan metropolis, Athens is central to economic, financial, industrial, political and cultural life in Greece. It is rapidly becoming a leading business centre in the Balkan area. In 2008, Athens was ranked the world's 32nd-richest city in a UBS study.



Classical Athens was a powerful city-state. A centre for the arts, learning and philosophy, home of Plato's Academy and Aristotle's Lyceum, Athens was also the birthplace of Socrates, Pericles, Sophocles and its many other prominent philosophers, writers and politicians of the ancient world. 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 on the rest of the then known European continent.



The heritage of the classical era is still evident in the city, represented by a number of ancient monuments and works of art, the most famous of all being the Parthenon on the Acropolis, widely considered a key landmark of early Western civilization. The city also retains a vast variety of Roman and Byzantine monuments, as well as a smaller number of remaining Ottoman monuments projecting the city's long history across the centuries. Landmarks of the modern era are also present, dating back to 1830 (the establishment of the independent Greek state), and taking in the Greek Parliament (19th century) and the Athens Trilogy (Library, University, and Academy). 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.

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