The Grand Bretagne is the most luxurious city hotel in Greece.
It is located in central Athens immediately adjacent to Syntagma Square, on the corner of Karageorgi Servias and Stadiou Streets, and is now part of "The Luxury Collection" hotel chain, owned by an American company. The structure was built in 1842 as a house for Antonis Dimitriou, a wealthy Greek from the island of Limos, only 12 years afte Greece's independence from Ottoman Rule.The Hotel is also located nearby from the Plaka a picturesque old historical neighbourhood of Athens, just under the Acropolis, with labyrinthine streets and neo-classical architecture.
Athens and dogs...We noticed a lot of dogs wandering around and we were told that they were all fed by the city. (We then noticed that they all wore blue collars.) We even saw one sleeping at the feet of a cop will he was doing trafffic duty. (On a small island.) They often would go on their backs and request tummy rubs... No kidding.
Long shot from Syntagma Square of the palace guards doing their thing.
The Old Royal Palace is the first Royal Palace of modern Greece, completed in 1843. It has housed the Hellenic Parliament since 1934. The Old Palace is situated at the heart of modern Athens, facing onto the Syntagma Square.
The Temple of Olympian Zeus (also known as the Olympieion, is a temple in Athens. Although work began in the 6th century BC, it was not completed until the reign of the Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century AD. In the Hellenistic and Roman periods it was the largest temple in Greece.
Hadrian's Gate at the entrance to the Temple of Zeus. (Only a few minutes away on foot from the above Hotel.)
The Parthenon on THE ACROPOLIS
The Erecthion sits on the most sacred site of the Acropolis where Poseidon and Athena had their contest over who would be the Patron of the city.
The Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, was constructed in 444–440 BC, over the ruins of a temple dating from the Archaic Period. It is perched above the sea at a height of almost 60 metres (200 ft). The design of the temple is a typical hexastyle, i.e., it had a front portico with six columns.
The Corinth Canal is a canal that connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. It cuts through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth and separates the Pelopnnesian peninsula from the Greek mainland and therefore effectively making the former an island. The canal is 6.3 kilometres in length and was built between 1881 and 1893 although it has a been project since the 7th century B.C.
Temple of Apollo
That's me, folks... ;-)
Way before Barbie dolls...
Photo taken at a tour bus stop outside of Athens.
Added the caption...