The monuments here are considered the greatest architectural feats of Greek antiquity. The Parthenon temple, dedicated to the goddess Athena, is perfectly proportioned and considered the world’s finest Doric masterpiece (and there are many).
The National Gardens
This grandiose park was commissioned by Queen Amalia, the first queen of Greece, in 1838. The Gardens cover 16 hectares of narrow gravel paths and ponds, as well as a small zoo with wild Greek goats, peacocks and chickens.
Museum of Cycladic Art
Here you can see the distinctly shaped slender marble figurines and statues that date back to the Bronze Age as well as about 150 objects from the ancient Greek art collections, including vases and figurines.
Things to do in Santorini include sunbathing at the black volcanic sand beaches on the south and east coasts and visiting the archaeological site of Akrotiri, an ancient Minoan settlement. It was buried below lava after the volcanic eruption that created the caldera.
One of the most unusual things to see in Greece has to be the Thessaly Plain, where bizarre rocky outcrops are capped by the centuries-old monasteries of Metéora. Six of the monasteries are open to the public. You need to climb up several flights of stone steps, carved into the rocks to reach each monastery, and inside, you'll find flickering candles, religious icons and Byzantine frescoes.
There are nine recognized regions: Thrace, Macedonia, Epirus, Thessaly, Central Greece, the Peloponnesos, the Ionian Islands, the Aegean Islands, and Crete. Although these regions sometimes operated as separate entities in the past, they have been integrated into the state and their cultural distinctions are diminishing.
The population rose from slightly over 750,000 in 1836 to 10,264,156 in 1991, reflecting the expansion of national boundaries and the return of ethnic Greeks from the eastern Mediterranean. An even greater increase was prevented by emigration and a declining birth rate.
Greek is the official language and is spoken by nearly all the citizens. It is an Indo-European language that has been used in this area since the second millennium B.C.E., although it has undergone considerable change.
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