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“With its sparkling white beaches, crystalline water and venerable ancient sites, Greece lives up to all the hype… with enough islands to suit everyone’s taste and antiquities dotting the landscape like a historical map of Western civilization” ALEXIS AVERBUCK Lonely Planet

Greece has been a landmark with a culture and history dating back in ancient times, many centuries ago and with a significant contribution and influence on the arts, politics, philosophy, major scientific and mathematical principles, literature, sports, etc. Greece is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, ranked in the world’s top 20 countries according to the UNWTO.

Combining the solution to their health problem, many health travelers find the opportunity to visit famous, important archaeological sites and museums.

Archeological sites

Greece is literally a vast archaeological site. As the country was already inhabited from prehistoric times, traces of human civilization can be found everywhere, in all corners of the land.

The Acropolis, standing loftily on the rock of the same name, is a monument from the most illuminated period known in human history, the “Golden Age”. Parthenon is a world famous monument that people from all over the world come to Greece to admire it.

The unified archaeological sites around the Acropolis, the Agora and the Areopagus, Kerameikos, the Roman agora, the Olympieion, the Kallimarmaron Stadium, are filled with the echoes of great philosophers, orators, artists and scientists.

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Delphi, in Central Greece, was believed by ancient people to be the centre of the universe. At the point where the oracle of Delphi, the most important in antiquity, lies, there used to be a prehistoric shrine dedicated to the great Mother-Earth. The place exudes power and mysticism.

Nature, the commanding view and the mythical significance of the oracle give visitors the impression that they have lifted the veils of time and are standing at the beginning of the world.

In Olympia in the Peloponnese beats the heart of the Olympic Games. Every four years, just as in antiquity, disputes among men give way to noble rivalry. The great shrine of Olympia was once home to the chryselephantine statue of Zeus, named as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

The complex of buildings brought to light by excavations is stunning: the Doric temple of Zeus, the Philippieion, the stadium and the gymnasium present a picture of classical Greece.

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The “golden” city of Mycenae, the city of the legendary king Agamemnon, concur of Troy, is a brightly shining archaeological treasures of Peloponnese.

Archaeological evidence give us proof that Asklepieia offered in antiquity what we nowadays call holistic health care. The most important one was in Epidaurus, in eastern Peloponnese.

Each activity which took place at Epidaurus was designed to harmonize the mind, body and soul. The theatre of Epidaurus, this miraculous shell-like structure with its amazing acoustics and harmonious architecture, was a place where visitors could attend performances and “escape” from their small, debilitating everyday problems.

Even in our days, at summer time, Athens Cultural Festival’s activities are hosted in Epidaurus Ancient Theatre. Thanks to this festival the Epidaurus Theatre has seen the rebirth of Ancient drama more than half a century ago. Performances are in Greek but in the programme you will find summaries in other languages too and English surtitles.

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In the south of this unique island lies Akrotiri, one of the most important Aegean settlements of the early Bronze Age (first half of the 2nd millennium B.C.). The settlement was deserted because of the eruption of the volcano, but it was saved too for the same reason. Volcanic material covered it preserving the evidence of its glorious past.

Crete has many archaeological sites, as it hosted one of the most significant cultural civilizations of the ancient world. The key feature of this civilization was the joy of life and the lack of a war-like disposition. Excavations in the ancient cities of Knossos, Phaistos, Gortyn, Zacros and elsewhere, brought to light great monuments of Minoan civilization.

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At Vergina, on the southern Macedonia plain, 80 km southeast of Thessaloniki, one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time was made. The ancient city of Aigai, the first capital of the kingdom of Macedonia was brought to light. The richness of the finds is rare and of incalculable archaeological and historical importance, so much so that the territory of the kings of Macedonia, the land of Philip and Alexander the Great.

Furthermore, several kilometers northern, Pella, a bustling metropolis of the Classical period was discovered. A number of excavations of the site reveal the ancient city’s majestic grandeur. The monumental palatial complex with its outstanding mosaic floors and the ancient agora will certainly impress any visitor.

Museums

The wealth, depth and significance of this lasting Greek culture are on display in countless museums scattered across the country. Museums are arks of memory and memory in Greece reaches far back in time. The habitation of Greece from deep prehistory, the miracle of classical Greek culture, the glory of Byzantium, and the country’s modern history excite the imagination.

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The Acropolis Museum was founded to exhibit all the significant finds from the Sacred Rock and its foothills. It was inaugurated in the summer of 2009. The Museum hosts its collections across three levels, as well as in the archaeological excavation that lies at its foundations.

The Museum’s exhibition culminates on the third floor, in the glass-encased “Parthenon Gallery”. The relief sculptures of the Parthenon frieze depicting the Panathenaic procession are exhibited in continuous sequence along the perimeter of the external surface of the rectangular concrete core of the Gallery.

The National Archaeological Museum in Athens is the largest museum in Greece and one of the world’s great museums. The vast exhibition space house five large permanent collections and temporary exhibitions.

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The Museum’s exhibition proposal comprises of seven units, through which the visitors come in contact with the world of ancient Macedonia, its culture and its people.

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In a collection, that numbers more than 46.000 artifacts, aspects of the Byzantine and post-Byzantine culture are presented, through the display of original artifacts, mainly from Thessaloniki, the most important city of the Empire after Constantinople, but also from the wider area of Macedonia.

The Museum has over 30,000 artifacts. They date from the 3rd century AD to the 21th century AD: icons, wall-paintings, manuscripts and works on paper, works of minor arts, ceramics, textiles, paintings, mosaics, copies. Its areas of competency are centered on religious artifacts of the Early Christian, Byzantine, Medieval, post-Byzantine and later periods.

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