Souvenirs from Greece

The photographs on this website were taken during travels in Greece, in February, May, June and July 2002. All the visited places are not yet presented, and all the photographs are not yet on line.

Athens

Capital of Greece, Athens is the most populated town, and the most polluted too. It counts nevertheless number of curiosities and collections which are the witnesses of its rich history.

Acropolis

Acropolis : the high town.

The Acropolis, seen from the Olympic Stadium.
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Olympic Stadium

The Stadium of Athens hosted sport events since the 4th century B.C. In 1890, it was rebuilt in marble. In 1896, it hosted the first modern Olympic Games, revived thanks to the French Baron Pierre de Coubertin.

General view to the east, from the heights of the Acropolis. From the left, the National Garden and the Zappeio Hall, the Olympic Stadium, and Olympian Zeus temple. In the background, mount Ymittos, more than 1000 m. high, splitting Athens from Cape Sounio.
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The stadium lays against a hill, in which it is fully integrated. One of the tendancies of the greek architecture was to use the natural environment, in opposite to the roman style.
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The square in front of the Stadium.
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The entrance of the Stadium.
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On each side, some stones remember the winners of the Games.
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The right side.
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A view from the entrance.
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It is neither an optical illusion, nor an excess of Ouzo ! The rows of seats are not straight on their whole length : close to the entrance, they are slightly curved inside, for a better view toward the end.
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A view from the end of the Stadium.
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Larissa

Larissa is the main town of province of Thessalia. Inhabited since 6000 years BC, the town is today an important regional econonic center. It is also a important communications croos roads of the country.

Saint-Achilleios

Saint-Achilleios is the holly saint of the town of Larissa.

Saint-Achilleios church.
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The entrance of church St-Achilleios.
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The horse is the emblem of Larisa.
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The ancient theater

In the foreground, the remainings of a street formerly leading to the crossroads at the right of the photograph. Still today, this street is shown on many city maps.
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Le théâtre, vu sous un angle opposé à celui de la vue précédente.
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Sur la droite de la photo, le reste des murs des habitations récentes sacrifiées à la cause de l'archéologie.
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Around Larissa

Some visits near Larissa.

Falani

Falani is a small village, located north of Larissa.

The church of Falani.
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The typical greek 'Taverna'.
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'O mavros gatos' : the Black Cat ! After the cabaret, the tavern ;-)
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Another 'Black Cat'... !
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A very common view along the greek roads. People stop to lay there candels, gifts, sometimes food of beverage. In the background, mount Ossa, with its particuliar conical shape, which is almost 2000 meters high, and splits Larissa from the Egean sea.
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Platamonas

The castle of Platamonas lies on the coast of the Egean Sea, on the road from Larissa to Thessaloniki, after the Tembi valley, unique way between mount Olympus and mount Ossa.

The castle keeps the watch on the road to Thessaloniki since the 13th century.
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Seen from the village of Nea Panteleimonas
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The castle, and the church of Nea Panteleimona
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Another aisle of the castle, with some more recents construction.
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Meteors

Monasteries of Meteors (Meteora : hung in the air) were established on the 14th century.

Kalambaka

The town of Kalambaka is established close to the Meteors, located in the background.

Arriving at Kalambaka.
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Entrance of Kalambaka.
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In Kalambaka.
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Saint-Nicholas

Saint-Nicholas


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Varlaam

Varlaam


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Varlaam, seen from the road leading to the Great Meteora.
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Roussanou

Roussanou


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Saint-Stephan

Saint-Stephan


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The mountains

The rocks stand 300 m. over the town of Kalambaka and the Pineios valley.


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Delphi

Once navel of the world, according to the ancient greek mythology, Delphi is famous for having been the main site of devotion to Apollo, for the Pythia goddess and her oracles, and for the Pythian Games, which were held every four years.

The sanctuary

The sanctuary of Pythion Apollo. Built on the southern slopes of the Mount Parnassos, it faces the valley leading from Lamia to Itea and to the Korinthiakos gulf.

The whole site, as the pilgrims could see it when arriving by the road coming from the Gymnasium and the temple of Athina Pronaia.
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On the left, the Sacred Way which runs through the sanctuary and leads to the temple of Apollo. In the background, the Gymnasium. In the very background, the valley leading to Itea and its 'sea of olive-trees'.
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In the background, mount Parnassos.
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The theatre

The Pythian Games also included artistic contests.

The theatre, place where were held the dramatic and lyric contests of the Pythian Games.
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Among the participants were also poets, musicians, singers and philosophers.
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In the background, the temple of Apollo.
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The temple

The temple of Apollo

The southern aisle of the temple.
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Some remaining pillars of temple of Apollo, close to the entrance.
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The stadium

The stadium of Delphi, located above the sanctuary of Apollo.

It could host 6500 persons.
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The entrance of the Stadium.
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The gymnasium

Like most of the greek cities, Delfi had its own Gymnasium, for the training of the young athlets.

The gymnasium, seen from the road leading also to the sanctuary of Athena Proneia. In the background, the valley leading to Itea.
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In the foreground, the remainings of the pillars spliting the 'xystos dromos', and the 'paradromis', places used to practice in bad or good weather. In the background, the hall, the pool, and the baths.
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The remainings of the gymnasium.
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The remainings of the gymnasium.
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The 'xystos dromos', the former covered lanes.The sanctuary of Apollo is in the far background, against the hill.
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Athena Pronaia

The sanctuary of Athena Pronaia.

The three famous columns of the Tholos of the temple of Athena.
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