Presentation of the destination
Chalandri is a suburb in the northern region of Athens, Greece. Throughout the mid to late 1900’s the former small village began merging with nearby Athens as both cities experienced population overflow until the distinction between the two became nearly undetectable. Despite these expansions, the Chalandri-Athens area enjoys a high ratio of open green land per inhabitant as it is still a relatively thinly populated part of the country and therefor is home to a number of Greece’s embassies. In Ancient Greek, Chalandri was formerly known as Chalandrion and is known as the birthplace of popular Greek figure Euripides. Visitors traveling to Chalandri will enjoy the areas warm summer Mediterranean climate and refreshing yet buzzing atmosphere.
Points of interests / things to see
Situated northwest of Athens near the center of Chalandri is Daphni Monastery, an 11th century Byzantine monastery near the Daphni Forest. In 395 the Sanctuary of Apollo Daphnaios was desecrated by the Goths and then Christianized when the Daphni monastery was founded on the same site around the turn of the 6th century. Much of the structure was reused in building the monastery including the ancient temple of Apollo’s Ionic columns. Today only one of the columns remains on the site, the rest of them having been moved to London by the 7th Earl of Elgin. The monastery’s main church is an 11th century Byzantine structure, octagonal in shape with a high, broad dome. Before the Ottomans expelled them from the monastery in 1458, the French monks made a number of changes to the church and the monastery grounds including constructing a wall around the entire monastery. After being returned to and Orthodox community, the Daphni monastery began to gradually fall into disrepair and in 1821 the Ottomans abandoned the monastery. In 1888 its restoration began and in 1990 the monastery was declared a World Heritage Site. Currently, the site is still closed to the public while it is still undergoing restoration after being heavily damaged during the Athens earthquake in 1999. More information about Daphni monastery is available at: http://www.visitgreece.gr/en/main_cities/athens or at http://www.greece-athens.com/
At the height of power for the Athenian empire, construction began on a temple dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena who the people of Athens believed to be their virgin patron. The Parthenon, completed in 438 BC after nearly a decade of construction, is considered one of the most important classical buildings still surviving in Greece today. The temple, an excellent showcase of Ionic architecture, houses the statue of Athena Parthenos sculpted by Phidias. The Parthenon’s sculptures and classical decorations are considered to represent the highest points of Greek art. One of the world’s most paramount cultural monuments, it is regarded as a long surviving symbol of Athenian democracy. Currently, the Greek Ministry of Culture is coordinating a number of initiatives of reconstruction and selective restoration in order to insure that the structure remains stable and preserved. The temple draws visitors and tourists from all over the world each year and for anyone visiting Chalandri, the Parthenon is a must see site that adds beautifully to the classical and ancient atmosphere of the area. More information about The Parthenon is available at: http://www.visitgreece.gr/en/main_cities/athens or at http://www.greece-athens.com/
Dedicated to the king of the Olympian gods, the Temple of Olympian Zeus is a massive ruined temple in the center of the Athens/Chalandri area. The Athenian tyrants, desiring to build the greatest temple in the ancient world, began construction of the Temple of Olympian Zeus during the 6th century BC. The temple was not completed however for another 638 years during the 2nd century AD. The temple housed one of the largest cult statues in the world and was recognized as the largest temple in Greece. The glory of the temple did not last forever though. During the 3rd century AD, the temple was pillaged during a barbarian invasion and was never fully repaired, eventually falling to ruins. In later years, the temple served as a supply of building materials for a number of projects around the area. Despite being picked nearly dry, remains are still visible today and the temple remains a very popular tourist attraction in Greece. Any visitor to the Chalandri area will want to stop and take in the site for themselves. The Temple of Olympian Zeus joins a number of other ancient structures and ruins in forming an historical precinct that is administered and maintained by Ephorate of Antiquities of the Greek Interior Ministry. More information about the Temple of Olympian Zeus is available at: http://www.visitgreece.gr/en/main_cities/athens or at http://www.greece-athens.com/
Near the end of the Persian Wars, the Athenian leader known as Pericles gave direction and responsibility to Phidias for the rebuilding of the Acropolis. Construction ended in 432BC after still being unfinished after five years of construction. Propylaea, considered to be the gateway to the Acropolis, was a structure made of gray Eleusian marble or limestone, white Pentelic marble, and structural iron. The structure itself features a main central building with adjoining wings on the north, south, and west side as well as a six columned Doric façade on both sides for those entering the acropolis as well as for those exiting. Restoration of the Propylaea has been underway since the mid 1980’s and is currently the main entranceway for the site’s thousands of visitor each year. For a number of years directly prior to the 2004 Olympic games in Athens, the building was covered in scaffolding while being restored and was revealed in 2009 and open to view again by visitor and locals alike. More information about Propylaea is available at: http://www.visitgreece.gr/en/main_cities/athens or at http://www.greece-athens.com/
Considered to be one of the largest and most modern sports arenas in all of Europe, the Athens Olympic Sports Complex or the Olympic Sports Hall is part of the Olympic Athletic Center of Athens (O.A.C.A.). It was also the largest indoor venue during the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. Construction of the complex was completed in 1995 and is distinguishable by its A-frame roof featuring four giant pillars. The pillars themselves stand 35 meters tall and are 108 meters apart. The complex’s distinctive construction permits a beautiful amount of natural light into the arena during the day as well. The arena itself can seat upwards of 19,000 people for some types of sporting events and the Greek Ministry of Sports claims that the Olympic Sports Hall is currently the largest indoor sporting arena in the world. During the 2004 Olympics, the arena hosted a number of Olympic events including the artistic gymnastics and trampolining tournaments as well as the finals of the Olympic basketball competitions. More information about the Athens Olympic Sports Complex is available at: http://www.visitgreece.gr/en/main_cities/athens or at http://www.greece-athens.com/
Boasting a height of 277 meters above sea level, Mount Lycabettus is a limestone hill just outside the Chalandri area in Athens. It is the highest point in the city and is one of the city’s most popular tourist destinations. The top of the hill features and open air style theater that hosts a number of national and international concerts. The hilltop theater can be accessed by a railway that ascends the hill from a terminal at Kolonaki. Also at the hill’s peak are a restaurant and the 10th century Chapel of St, George. The base of the hill is covered with beautiful pine trees.
Visitors wishing to enjoy the most green and natural areas near Chalandri may want to consider spending some time in the National Garden. The garden is a park open to the public and is located next to the Greek Parliament building across from Panathenaiko Olympic Stadium that housed the 1896 Olympic Games. The garden features Corinthian capitals of columns, mosaics, tambourines, and other ancient ruins along with a number of other ancient and natural Greek beauties. While enjoying the garden, visitors will also notice a number of statues and busts of prominent Greek figures including poets, politicians, artists, and authors.
Showcasing some of Greece’s most important pieces of history, the National Archeological Museum features artifacts from all over Greece from the countries prehistory to late antiquity. Featuring the richest collection of artifacts from Greek antiquity worldwide, the museum is renowned as one of the greatest museums in the world. The museum’s collections have been moved around to a number of different sites since 1829 when the first national archeological museum was founded, until they were finally settled into the museum’s current location just outside Chalandri in central Athens. More information about the National Archeological Museum is available at: http://www.visitgreece.gr/en/main_cities/athens or at http://www.greece-athens.com/
After undergoing a huge expansion in the 1950’s when a large amount of new artifacts were discovered from continued excavations on the site, the new Acropolis Museum was founded in 2003 and opened its doors to the public in June 2009. The Museum is mainly an archeological museum featuring the findings of ongoing excavations of the Acropolis in Athens. The museum houses artifacts and archeological findings from the Greek Bronze Age to Byzantine and Roman Greece. The building is over 14,000 square meters and showcases almost 4,000 objects. Currently the museum is chaired by Dimitrios Pandermalis of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The Acropolis Museum welcomes thousands of Chalandri’s visitors each year who are interested in the areas rich and ancient culture. More information about the Acropolis Museum is available at: http://www.visitgreece.gr/en/main_cities/athens or at http://www.greece-athens.com/
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How to get there ?
The closest airport to Chalandri, Greece is Athens Airport. Athens Airport is a major hub for most national and international airlines and therefor can be easily accessed from within Greece or from many places around the world. Tourist information is available at the airport as well with additional information about traveling within Greece and more specifically around the Athens area. From the airport, Chalandri is easily accessible by car, train, or taxi as well as by an excellent public transit system into the city. Over the course of the last decade, public transportation in and around the Chalandri and Athens area has improved exponentially. Now, visitors can purchase an integrated ticket for around 1.40 euros and have access to a number of different means of transportation around the city including metro, trams, trains, busses, and trollies with an unlimited number of transfers anywhere within the city. Visitors may also choose a similar option to purchase a slightly more expensive integrated ticket (usually around 4 euros) for 24 hour access or a weekly ticket for around 14 euros. More detailed information about getting to and around Chalandri can be found at: http://www.visitgreece.gr/en/main_cities/athens or at http://www.greece-athens.com/
Chalandri city hall
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