17th IEEE International On-Line Testing Symposium
Athens, Greece,
July 13 – 15, 2011.

Social Event: Visit to the Acropolis, the New Museum of Acropolis, and Ancient Greek Tastes

Visit to the Acropolis of Athens:

The greatest and finest sanctuary of ancient Athens, dedicated primarily to its patron, the goddess Athena, dominates the centre of the modern city from the rocky crag known as the Acropolis. The most celebrated myths of ancient Athens, its greatest religious festivals, earliest cults and several decisive events in the city's history are all connected to this sacred precinct. The monuments of the Acropolis stand in harmony with their natural setting. These unique masterpieces of ancient architecture combine different orders and styles of Classical art in a most innovative manner and have influenced art and culture for many centuries. The Acropolis of the fifth century BC is the most accurate reflection of the splendor, power and wealth of Athens at its greatest peak, the golden age of Perikles. The most important buildings visible on the Acropolis today (the Parthenon, the Propylaia, the Erechtheion and the temple of Athena Nike), were erected during this period under the supervision of the greatest architects, sculptors and artists of their time. The temples on the north side of the Acropolis housed primarily the earlier Athenian cults and those of the Olympian gods, while the southern part of the Acropolis was dedicated to the cult of Athena.


Visit to the New Museum of Acropolis:


The Acropolis Museum is an archaeological museum focused on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens. The museum was built to house every artifact found on the rock and on its feet, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece. The museum is located by the southeastern slope of the Acropolis hill, on the ancient road that led up to the "sacred rock" in classical times. Set only 280 meters (310 yd), as the crow flies, away from the Parthenon the museum is the largest modern building erected so close to the ancient site. The entrance to the building is on Dionysiou Areopagitou Street and directly adjacent to the Akropoli station, line 2 of the Athens Metro. The design of the museum by Bernard Tschumi revolves around three concepts: light, movement, and a tectonic and programmatic element. Together these characteristics "turn the constraints of the site into an architectural opportunity, offering a simple and precise museum" with the mathematical and conceptual clarity of ancient Greek buildings. The collections of the museum are exhibited on three levels while a fourth middle level houses the auxiliary spaces such as the museum shop, the café and the offices. On the first level of the museum there are the findings of the slopes of the Acropolis. The long and rectangular hall whose floor is sloping, resembles the ascension to the rock. Then, the visitor is found at the large trapezoidal hall which accommodates the archaic findings. On the same floor there are also the artifacts and sculptures from the other Acropolis buildings such as the Erechtheum, the Temple of Athena Nike and the Propylaea and findings from Roman and early Christian Athens. However the visitor is intended to see the latter during descent so as to keep the chronological order because he will first be directed to the last level of Parthenon marbles. The Parthenon hall has the same orientation with the temple on the Acropolis and the use of glass allows the natural light to enter.







Dinner and Thematic Events at the “Ancient Greek Tastes”:


The Ancient Greek Cuisine, the one that inspired so many others, makes a unique comeback after 25 centuries in the unique thematic restaurant “Ancient Greek Tastes” (“Archeon Gefsis” in Greek). The ancient Greeks were not only eating, but they had elevated food into sheer pleasure. In order for “Archeon Gefsis” (Ancient Tastes) to become a reality, a large number of specialized scientists such as linguists, archaeologists, architects and tasters put a considerable amount of time into studying rare manuscripts with the aim to collect recipes and identify the eating habits of the ancient Greeks. It is enough to say that a publication called “Deipnosophistes” consists of 15 volumes exclusively on ancient abbreviations and customs. The cuisine is healthy, delicious and incomparable! The tastes are remarkable and forgotten! The combinations are distinctive, fine and innovative! Innovative in the sense that ancient Greeks did not have for instance potatoes, rice, tomatoes, coffee or sugar and they would use other ingredients such as honey, bulgur, legumes, thickly ground barley, surely healthier than the ones we use today. At “Archeon Gefsis” we will enjoy a unique and memorable experience. We won’t only eat, but we will also learn from special thematic events.



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