7 Facts About Athens

1. The city of Athens got captured and sacked twice by the Persians within one year after Thermopylae.

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2. Name of Athens, connected to the name of its patron goddess Athena, originates from an earlier Pre-Greek language.

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3. In the last round of voting, Athens defeated Rome with 66 votes to 41.

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4. The National Garden of Athens was completed in 1840 and is a green refuge of 15.5 hectares in the centre of the Greek capital.

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5. In January 2007, Athens faced a waste management problem when its landfill near Ano Liosia, an Athenian suburb, reached capacity.

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6. In 2012, Athens was ranked the world's 39th richest city by purchasing power and the 67th most expensive in a UBS study.

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7. In modern times, Athens is a large cosmopolitan metropolis and central to economic, financial, industrial, maritime, political and cultural life in Greece.

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