Sights of Interest in Greece
National Observatory of Athens08-06-2013 13:13The National Observatory of Athens is the oldest research institution of Greece and the Balkans. It was established after a donation made by the banker Baron George Sina in 1842. It is located on the top of the hill of the Nymphs at Thissio, borders with Philopapou Hill and is opposite the Acropolis hill and the Athenian Agora with its dome visible from all around.
The Hill of the Nymphs was selected as the place to build the Observatory, a Hill famous from antiquity, where the Nymphs were worshipped and next to one of the famous Observatories of the 5th century, where Meto’s Heliotropion was placed. The Hill of the Nymphs is aligned with one of the most celebrated and best preserved meteorological / astronomical Observatories, the Tower of the Winds, which is also the emblem of the Royal Meteorological Society and a rough copy of which was built at the University of Oxford. The new Observatory on top of the Hill of the Nymphs is a landmark in Athens, facing the Parthenon and has long been used by Greek and foreign Astronomers as the basis for astronomical, meteorological, geoastrophysical measurements and observations in its 160 years history.
The first building, known as Sinas building, was based on a project presented by Eduard Schaubert and designed by the Danish architect Theophil Hansen, it was the first building of the later famous Hansen, the architect who designed also the Neoclassical Trilogy of the National Library, the University and the Academy of Athens. The cross-like neoclassic building has its sides oriented toward the four directions of the horizon and there is a small dome for a telescope in the centre of the construction.
The Observatory of Athens foundation ceremony took place in June 26, 1842, a day of a Solar Eclipse and it was a magnificent official event. Present was the King of Greece Otto, members of the Government and of the Greek Church. Following the panegyric speech by professor Vouris, the foundation stone was set under music sounds and cannonade by a Danish frigate anchored in Piraeus port.
The building was completed in 1846. The first 50 years Astronomer - Director of the Observatory was Vouris G., professor of astronomy at the University of Athens and the German astronomer Julius Schmidt. The work of both scientists and especially Schmidt, who particularly distinguished by studying the Moon, the Observatory became world famous. Unfortunately after his death and until 1891 the Observatory practically closed, resulting in the destruction of much of its equipment, its library and archives.
The National Observatory, Athens is operating today five Research Institutes and provides the facilities for graduate student training in collaboration with Greek and foreign Universities. It hosts the UNESCO Chair for Natural Disasters and operates the National Seismological Network and it is participating in the OPTICON and other international research networks, hosting the Greek Focal Point on the Global Earth Observing System of Systems (GEOSS). It also houses an Astrogeophysics Museum with clocks, telescopes and other instruments and an extensive astrogeophysics library of the 19th century.
In recent years, the beloved habit of pancakes has begun to become widespread in Greece as well. Touristorama discovered in Nafplion the place that makes the most delicious pancakes, according to the original American recipe.
The statue of Poseidon, made of Parian marble, was found in 1877 on Milos island, along with a statue of his mate, Amphitrite. The larger than life-size statue depicts the god almost nude, wearing a himation covering the lower part of the body. In his raised right hand he will have held the trident. Next to his right leg is a support in the form of a dolphin. Today, the statue is exhibited at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens city.
More than just a famous tourist destination, Santorini boasts a romantic scene where you can have some really memorable moments with your partner. The time when the sun sets deep down to the Aegean Sea and the sky gets these amazing orange colors is the best to enjoy a cocktail. One of the best places to do so is the Classico bar restaurant in the capital of Fira.
“Brunch” is both a noun, a verb and way of life. It’s not only an opportunity to eat something nice, but also a way to catch up with friends in the middle of the day. In Athens city we love it for both reasons. We have even discovered an easily accessible spot, perfect for the citibreakers to enjoy a full breakfast or a brunch during their travel in the Greek capital.
Explore the fascinating volcanic island of Santorini the way you want it yourself! Enjoy a unique accommodation experience, with huge doses of privacy and luxury by choosing to stay in Incognito Villa.
Touristorama has been travelling all around Greece and its islands for over a decade. This year, during our trip to Naxos, the biggest of the Cyclades complex, we discovered an interesting spot, perfect for your night out on the island… which is what we do best: finding the best places and then propose you should visit them! Prime is a Scandinavian Bar, located on a privileged position in Chora of Naxos, opposite the port. It’s been operating for 21 years and enjoys a great fame to both foreign and local tourists.
The statue of Poseidon, made of Parian marble, was found in 1877 on Milos island, along with a statue of his mate, Amphitrite. The larger than life-size statue depicts the god almost nude, wearing a himation...
For the second consecutive year, three dynamic bodies, the Benaki Museum, Costa Navarino and Athens International Airport, join forces for culture. Leveraging on the Benaki Museum collection of printed...
The Museum of Prehistoric Thera houses finds from the excavations at Akrotiri, conducted under the auspices of the Archaeological Society at Athens, the earlier excavations at Potamos, made by members...
In 1249, the ruler of the Frankish Principate of Achaea William II of Villeharbdouin built a srong fortress, atop the naturally-fortified hill of Myzithra in Lacedaimon. It would play an improtant role...