V. Athens. Sources of Pleasure – Athens, Greece – Tourist Blog

"We are Morning Morning Cool …" and a drizzling rain. But if for someone it is a problem, then I prepared for such a turn of events. Breakfast and on the road. On this trip, I generally refused any kind of food at the hotel, deciding not to limit myself in any time, nor in taste addictions. There is a refrigerator in the room, which means you can buy products. Haryatiki or rustic salad (in our Greek) was cooked in 5 minutes. Next Sandwich and hot coffee. Raincoat – in the bag, umbrella – armpit. And I am ready for new discoveries.

While there was a monastica area, the rain stopped, and between the torcuch began to look at the warm rays of the autumn sun.

Monastiraki Square

As I managed to understand, this is the oldest and most popular area of ​​Athens, to which others are adjacent to the other no less interesting: Persius, Claw and Tenese. The area is crowded even in early hour. And in the evening, people are so much that "there is no way to fall" apple, "in the literal sense. The old church of the Assumption of the Virgin. Almost opposite the Metro Station "Monastiraki" is the old mosque, built by the Turkish warlord and with which the "terrible" legend is connected. The mosque was built using the materials of old buildings. To find the material for marble plaster walls, the Turks blew up one of the columns of the temple of Zeus Olympic, thus angry with the temple owner. And in the city after this event broke out a terrible hunger.

In the XIX century, the mosques were operated on the principle of "Who is what Most". And in 1924, the People’s Museum was posted in it. Then, as a gift, the museum was presented with valuable collections of furniture, dishes, paintings. Later, the museum was renamed the National Museum of Decorative Art. Today in the mosque is the department of the Museum of Folk Art, in which the most interesting collection of ceramic products is exhibited *.

Here, on the square, there is a former Catholic church. During the domination of the francs, he belonged to Monastery Nikolai Bonefatia. During the period of Turkish rule, he served as the Orthodox Church of the Virgin, and as the arrival of the Kasey Monastery.

But the most interesting and "malicious" area on the square is the famous flea market. Quietly suspect that the expression "in Greece is all!"Directly connected with this place. Making a small "journey" to the history of the city and all Greece, and also having acquainted with the objects of the life of Western culture, plunging into the world of the uncomplicated Greek fashion, having tried almost all the sorts of honey and the entire range of Greek sweets, followed by dozens of probes of Greek cosmetics, still found in themselves strength to walk to the Adrian library.

Making a zigzag between the houses, came out, according to the map, to the ruins of the Roman Agora. I do not suffer from cartographic cretinism, the map "Right", but I do not see the towers of the winds. "I’ll figure out a little later," I decided and went down to the library.

Adrian Library (and minus one root)

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This unique architectural complex was conceived by Emperor Adrian as a quiet place for pondering and spiritual recreation. It happened. It is possible that this majestic monument called the "library" in the middle of the XIX century was the main educational center of the Empire.

Visual traverser around the perimeter dispelled doubts – the building was built in the form of a rectangle. The main wall (facade) is posted from expensive marble. It is decorated with a colonnade, the remnants of which are well kept "shape" to this day.

The libraries’ halls were eliminated by a mosaic marble tile and decorated with numerous stone and gold-plated statues of Athens and Emperor Adrian. Along the walls of the library stood stone benches. For powerful walls of the building there was a small green courtyard with fountain and sculptural compositions. Due to the lack of tourists in the complex I had to do Selfie. Seeing my "torments", one of the guards of the complex Roboto offered his help. May I refuse! "Euvukharisto! Euarcho!"I say, having heard the climbing of the camera, smoothly moving from one arch to another, bypassing around the perimeter, probably, a former fountain. Photo session succeeded what I was definitely glad.

Walking along the garden of the former educational center of the Empire, went to the tiny museum, located here, on its territory. Incore entrance, stones, stones, and a bored tasteman of values. Having studied the few exhibits of the museum (mostly, these are books, scrolls, remnants of marble tiles and a couple of sculptures), decided to ask where the wind tower is actually. The response of the keeper of manuscripts shocked me. But a little later, in the chapter "Roman Agora".

* Entrance to the museum for a fee, its visit to the value of a single input ticket is not included.

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