O Pirgos Ton Anemon

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  • Day2

    Athen bei Nacht

    June 14, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Unser zweiter Tag in Athen, Abends.
    Wenn es etwas kühler geworden ist beginnt das Leben und überall sitzen Menschen vor den Bars, Restaurants und Cafés.
    Alle Straßen sind erleuchtet und man hat richtig Lust noch draußen zu sitzen, die Atmosphäre zu genießen und dem Treiben zuzuschauen.
    Natürlich gibt es auch mehrere gute Punkte in der Stadt von wo aus man einen guten Blick zur beleuchteten Akropolis hat.
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  • Day3

    Plaka Area

    May 12, 2015 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Majority of the group decided to do the ME TIME optional, we started by walking through Plaka area and made our way to Abepna where we were spoilt with a three course traditional Greek meal. The food was AMAZING we had plenty of it! While there we got to listen to and watch traditional dances, they even pulled a few of our group up to dance with them.Read more

  • Day62

    Gate of Medrese (Madrasah), Athens

    October 30, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Today is the day Brad gets to visit the Acropolis and he is so excited about it. Seeing it lit up on the hill when we were out last night was a bit surreal. There are so many ancient ruins throughout Athens that are just a part of every day life here. So much history and so many interesting things to see. On our way to the Acropolis I saw this beautiful door and decided to photograph it. It stood out, probably because of its colour or its position, and it wasn’t until we were back at our room that I discovered the importance of that door.

    It is called the Gate of Medrese and is a visible reminder of dark times. The doorway is all that remains of the Ottoman era Islamic Madrasa (Theological School) of Athens. In the center of the courtyard was a large plane tree that became a gathering place for leaders of the Muslim community. Over time, this tree became the symbol of the Madrasa.

    The school was built in 1721 and was later converted to a prison. During its years as a prison, the living quarters became overcrowded, inhumane prison cells, and the plane tree became a hangman’s tree for hundreds of executions. Those not executed were subjected to torture and slavery.

    The Madrasa was nearly destroyed during the early part of the Greek War of Independence. After the liberation of Athens, the Madrasa was rebuilt and used as barracks by the Greek Army for the remainder of the war. After the Greeks’ victory, it was converted yet again, this time into a prison for both Turks and Greek political prisoners. The new Greek government revived the hangings on the plane tree for “deserving” Turks and traitorous Greeks.

    The prison was finally closed right before the 20th century, and the Archaeology Department began demolition in search of older and more important artefacts. By 1915, all that remained was the main door and a small portion of the adjacent exterior walls. The tree was destroyed by a lightning strike in 1919, appropriately closing a chapter on the horrific things that took place on and around it.

    The door is now a symbol of its history, a dark reminder of what has been before.
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  • Day66

    Tower of Winds, Athens

    November 3, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Opposite the Gate of Medrese is the site of an ancient octagonal weather station named for the eight Greek gods of wind. Horologion of Andronikos Kyrrhestes or the Tower of Winds, is an octagonal Pentelic marble clock tower in the Roman Agora and is considered the world's first meteorological station.

    The structure features a combination of sundials, a water clock, and a wind vane. It was supposedly built by Andronicus of Cyrrhus around 50 BC, but according to other sources, might have been constructed in the 2nd century BC before the rest of the forum. In summer of 2014, the Athens Ephorate of Antiquities began cleaning and conserving the structure; restoration work was completed in 2016.

    The octagonal structure was made almost entirely out of Pentelic marble, the same kind used for the Parthenon, which is rare to find in any structures other than temples. Built to measure time, it is also known as a horologion, meaning timepiece.

    Each of its eight sides faces a point on the compass, and features a frieze depicting each of the eight ancient Greek wind gods, giving the tower its name. Beneath the friezes are eight vertical sundials where the shadow was cast on hour lines that, while faint, are still visible today.

    The interior of the structure contained a complicated internal water clock, which was driven by water flowing down from a large well under the Acropolis. This was essential for use on cloudy days or at night when the sundials were ineffective.

    Once again it is amazing to see a structure built so long ago and even better to see that the people of Athens take the restoration of these sites very seriously.
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  • Day1

    Dining at the feet of the Acropolis

    September 3 in Greece ⋅ 🌙 25 °C

    Since we are not normal people, the first thing we do (after turning on the AC) is turning on our work laptops to check on emails (me), have a job interview (me again) and prepare job applications (Ludo). 🙈

    By the time we are done, it's already 9pm and the only grocery store still open is luxurious organic food shop, where we spend 20 euros on a box of cherry tomatoes, two yogurts, 3 pears and a bottle of soja milk. That will do for tomorrow's breakfast, but I guess tonight we will have to dine out... 😁

    On Trip Advisor we found the name of a café that us supposed to have decent prices and a nice view, but we are open to anything, really. After leaving the apartment, we start exploring the neighbourhood walking towards the Plaka area, finding us surrounded by pictoresque stone alleys with bistros and cafés perched on the hilly ground and stairs... Not to forget stunning archeological sites like the Roman agora. Everything is colourful, joyful and beautifully lit. The only problem are prices...

    We keep walking until we find the café suggested on Trip Advisor and we have no doubts: this is the place! It's called Klepsydra and is characterised by an outdoor dining aerea with beatiful lights and decorations and the café section consisting of tiny tables and chairs placed on the stairs leading to the Acrópolis. We obviously go for the café section and enjoy a beatiful meal made of fish, gyros and "Greek spritz" (I home my Italian passport won't been revoked)... 🍹😬

    And while we enjoy our meal with the amazing view of ancient Athens in front of us, we finally realise we are on holiday!
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