European Adventure Part V

Still touring Athens, we still had a few sights on our list to see.


The Temple of Olympian Zeus (GreekΝαὸς τοῦ Ὀλυμπίου Διός, Naos tou Olympiou Dios), also known as the Olympieion or Columns of the Olympian Zeus, is a colossal ruined temple in the centre of the Greek capital Athens that was dedicated to Zeus, king of the Olympian gods. Construction began in the 6th century BC during the rule of the Athenian tyrants, who envisaged building the greatest temple in the ancient world, but it was not completed until the reign of the Roman Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century AD some 638 years after the project had begun. During the Roman periods it was renowned as the largest temple in Greece and housed one of the largest cult statues in the ancient world. Wikipedia


Greece is where the Olympic Games began in the 11th century BC, as a festival dedicated to the god Zeus. The first modern Olympics was held in Athens in 1896 in the Panathinaiko Stadium, a 4th century BC stadium which was restored for the 2004 games.


The Panathenaic Stadium or Panathinaiko (GreekΠαναθηναϊκό στάδιο, also known as the Kallimarmaro (Καλλιμάρμαρο, meaning the "beautifully marbled"), is an athletic stadium in Athens that hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Reconstructed from the remains of an ancient Greek stadium, the Panathenaic is the only major stadium in the world built entirely of white marble and is one of the oldest in the world.  Wikipedia

Monument of the Unknown Soldier on Syntagma Square in Athens

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier refers to a monument in dedication to the services of an unidentified soldier and to the common memories of all soldiers killed in any war.  Such tombs can be found in many nations and are usually high-profile national monuments.  Wikipedia

Two quotations by Thucydides from Pericles' Funeral Oration are inscribed on the retaining wall: Μία κλίνη κενὴ φέρεται ἐστρωμένη τῶν ἀφανῶν ("... and one bed is carried empty, made for the unknown ones"), and Ἀνδρῶν ἐπιφανῶν πᾶσα γῆ τάφος ("For eminent men, every place is (worthy) burial ground"). The inscriptions flank a central sculpture in low relief, depicting a dying hoplite.


The monument is guarded round the clock by the Evzones of the Presidential Guard shown wearing their summer ceremonial dress uniform (Doulamas).


For those of you celebrating the 4th. of July, enjoy and stay safe. For everyone else... have a great day!


Keep-up with our European Adventure!
Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV

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Stephen Hayes said…
So interesting to see the place where our civilization as we know it began. Great pictures. It looks like you're having the time of your life, and I couldn't be happier for you.
TexWisGirl said…
the ruins are just so neat! the uniforms are unique, too. :)
EG CameraGirl said…
Fantastic adventure! I'm jealous! :)
Lisa Gordon said…
Those columns are amazing, Daniel!!
Tammy said…
That is a very cool photo of the stadium! Looks like a great trip!! Enjoy!
Red said…
There's much more history and tradition in Europe. We are too young to have many experiences to base our celebrations on.
Gale said…
The Evzones costumes are so unique!
Excelente fotografias de Valioso Património....
Terri said…
Oh my gosh- I would love to see that in person!

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