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Athens, Greece is one of the world’s oldest cities is embedded with sordid history and thrilling mythology. Here are just a few intriguing facts that you may not have known.
ATHENS IS EUROPE'S OLDEST CAPITAL CITY
Athens’ origins date back to 3,000 B.C. To put its age into perspective: the first permanent settlement in the United States (St. Augustine, Florida) wasn’t founded until 1565!
ATHENS HAS THE MOST THEATRICAL STAGES IN THE WORLD
It’s understandable that the Greeks take theater very seriously, as the tradition of theater dates back to the time of Athens’ first democracy – so much so that Athens is home to 148 theater stages, more than the West End and Broadway combined.
A WOMAN IS RESPONSIBLE FOR TODAY'S SIDEWALKS IN ATHENS
From the late-19th century to the 1990s, the sidewalks of downtown Athens used to be paved with marble. Athens’ first female mayor, Dora Bakoyannis, decided to give the city a much-needed facelift in 2003, as the marble had aged and would get slippery on rainy days. While some of marbled sidewalks are still in place, Athenian roads and walkways were modernized, making the entire city more accessible for everyone – just in time for the 2004 Olympics.
IF IT WEREN'T FOR AN OLIVE TREE, POSEIDON MIGHT HAVE BEEN THE CITY'S PATRON
According to mythology, Athena and Poseidon competed for the title of the guardian of the city. They each offered a gift to gain favor of its people and the gods, but Athena’s olive tree was deemed more valuable than the salt water spring given by Poseidon, so her name was given to the city-state.
ATHENS HAS IMPLEMENTED EVERY FORM OF GOVERNMENT
Inhabitants of Athens have experienced life under democracy, capitalism, socialism, monarchy and communism.
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