Athens greeted the millennium with a sleek new subway and plenty of urban redevelopment, but for most visitors, it's ancient Greece that holds the greatest appeal. Athens is where you'll find the most imposing temple of Periclean Greece, the Parthenon, while drinking in heart-stopping views of the metropolis.
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- From many spots in Athens, the columns of the Parthenon loom over the city. The Acropolis is the womb of Western civilization, and its ruins have a magnetic beauty.
- The Agora was once the commercial hub of ancient Athens, where Plato and Socrates roamed (and where Socrates was sentenced to death). Today visitors can see foundations of some of the original buildings as well as sculptures.
- The unparalleled Benaki Museum covers Greece from prehistory to the modern Greek state. Displays include Byzantine icons, costumed mannequins, and Lord Byron's pistols.
- Every year in early November, the Athens Classic Marathon is run over roughly the same course followed in 490 BC by the courier Pheidippides.