Greece is home to one of the great ancient civilizations. Its culture, history, art, philosophy, and ideas about government have been an inspiration and influence on the world ever since its emergence in ancient times. Ancient Grecian architecture, characterized by columns and domes, has permeated the architecture of much of the world. The teachings of Aristotle, Socrates, and Plato serve as the foundation of philosophy. Their principles of art inspired much of the Medieval and Renaissance art that was produced.The historic sites of Greece are still awe inspiring, to this day, from the Parthenon of Athens to the ancient site of Olympia, the Epidaurus Theatre, and the archaeological site famous for its acoustics at Delphi. Some of the most beautiful beachside resorts in the world can be found on the gorgeous Greek Islands such as Mykonos, Santorini, and Paros. The Greek food and unique drink, Ouzo, add yet one more delightful feature to any Greece tour. We can take you there!
● Visit the Parthenon
● Walk through the streets of Mykonos
● Hike at Samaria Gorge (in Crete)
● Stand on Mt. Olympus
● Explore Meteora
Facts & Statistics:
Capital: Athens; 3,238,000
Religion: Greek Orthodox
● Approximately 16.5 million tourists visit Greece each year, more than the country’s entire population.
● Continuously inhabited for over 7,000 years, Athens is one of the oldest cities in Europe. It is also the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, the Olympic Games, political science, Western literature, historiography, major mathematical principles, and Western theories of tragedy and comedy.
● Greece has more archaeological museums than any other country in the world.
● Many Greek structures such as doors, windowsills, furniture, and church domes are painted a turquoise blue, especially in the Cyclades Islands. It is used because of an ancient belief that this shade of blue keeps evil away. They called the color kyanos, which the words “cyan” and “cyanide” are derived from.
● The saying “taking the bull by its horns” comes from the Greek myth of Hercules saving Crete from a raging bull by seizing its horns.
● The first Olympic Games took place in 776 B.C.
● The Greeks revolutionized the art of sculpture. Greek artists began to carve statues of people that showed both movement and emotion.
● The Parthenon (“Place of the Partheons,” from parthenos or “virgin”) was built almost 2,500 years ago and sits on the Acropolis above the city of Athens.
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