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UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Greece Edition

You are all invited on a mini-tour of ancient archeological sites that I had the pleasure of visiting in Greece. (Note: Mycenae is missing because I didn’t take lots of pictures, but this place is famous for the two lions at their gate and for the cyclopean masonry)

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Delphi was the spiritual center of Ancient Greece as it was were the oracle would utter her prophecies.

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Our tour guide Ionna gives us the low down on this site

IMG_1657Beautiful view of the mountains, this place was actually unreal!

IMG_1658People would come here to watch games, but like bad-ass Greek games where people died.

IMG_1660_2Another stadium for such games, but they had races too. Okay, clearly I wasn’t paying as much attention as I should have been but you get the point!

On to one of the monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas. This place was so beautiful and peaceful.

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IMG_4126Such a beautiful mosaic. Dad, I demand one in my room upon my return! (My dad does mosaics for those of you who don’t know.)

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More mosaics

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Now here’s the one everybody knows, the Acropolis! This big ‘ol rock sits in the center of Athens and houses the incredible Parthenon.

IMG_4148Tourists on tourists on tourists! This day definitely sparked up somma those sentiments I just blogged about in my last post. There were 7 cruise ships at the Parthenon that day…SEVEN!

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This piece is titled: Tourist climbs on ancient rock with help of tourist friend. It says so much without saying anything at all…

IMG_4151There it is: the Parthenon! This was a temple dedicated to Athena and was a big deal because of it’s use of the doric order. Despite being bombed and looted the temple still stands and undergoes reconstruction.

IMG_4157Okay, this was my favorite part because it brought me back to AP Art History. The caryatids! These women stand beautifully on the porch of the Erechtheion. IMG_4155Me geeking out!

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IMG_4166Group photo!!!

Now onto the final UNESCO World Heritage Site we visited in Greece: Mystra. This place was so beautiful and I wandered alone through the churches and down the stone pathways. It was peaceful and reflective, but you can see that for yourselves.

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So that’s that. Hope y’all enjoyed the photoset and I promise, Italy posts are JUST around the corner.

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