A Hallowed Past: Odeon of Herodes Atticus

Greece Odeon of Herodes Atticus

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Acceded to the EU in 1983, Greece is famous for its olive oil, coups, beaches and islands. There are many enchanting Byzantine churches especially in Athens for family with children. Honeymooning couples can have romantic slow boat voyages to the rocky isles. 

Dating back to 161 AD, Odeon of Herodes Atticus was built 2 years before the Parthenon, by Herodes Atticus in memory of his wife Aspasia Annia Regilla. Herodes Atticus was a distinguished Greek aristocrat who served as a Roman Senator and a Sophist who teach and specialized in using the tools of philosophy and rhetoric for the purpose of teaching virtue to the young nobility.

Hallowed Past and Sacred Dedications 

Up on the hill, you can find the Temple of Hephaestus in Athens dedicated to Athena Ergane (a city’s patron goddess). Athena Ergane was responsible for pottery and other crafts and Hephaestus was the Greek god of volcanoes and metalworking who was physically imperfect as he was lame. Unfortunately he had to perform manual labor as a blacksmith, crafting the armor. 

Tholos

Greece Bouleuterion ©Aigai Aiolis/flickr

Greece Bouleuterion ©Aigai Aiolis/flickr

At the Ancient Agora, this circular building of 18 m in diameter used to be an all-purpose venue with dining hall and it housed the council of citizens (members of the senate) or boule in Ancient Greece. The Tholos was also with sleeping quarters. Dating back to approximately 460 B.C, and it was part of the Bouleuterion complex at Olympia.

Before You Get There

Credit Cards, ATMs or Cash: The high season for Greece travel is July/August. So it means if you go there in these months, the daily budget for traveling on solo can be as much as €90 – €130.

It is recommended that you tender coin or small denomination notes. You can get those from money changer. Well, there are ATMs that charges a hefty commission if you do not mind. However, cash is the best though you should not be surprised that the Greek vendors are usually without small change. Alternatively, you can withdraw money using your MasterCard or Visa, Access (UK). European currencies are accepted too, even Australian or Japanese yen. US dollars are good currency to use.

As for Credit cards, the acceptance is wide in Greece. Any better restaurants, smarter hotels and C-class hotels or accommodation providers, car hire accepts MasterCard, Visa (Access UK), as well as Eurocard. Charge cards accepted are American Express and Diners Club.

Unfortunately, those travellers cheques are not so popular.

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