1 ICWNDT ABOUT ATHENS

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HELLENIC SOCIETY OF NDT & WELDING GREEK INSTITUTE

1st ICWNDT – 2018
1st INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON WELDING & NON DESTRUCTIVE TESTING 2018
OCTOBER 22-24, 2018, ATHENS, GREECE

About-Athens

Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece. Athens dominates the Attica region and is one of the world’s oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning over 3,400 years, and its earliest human presence starting somewhere between the 11th and 7th millennia BC. Classical Athens was a powerful city – state that emerged in conjunction with the seagoing development of the port of Piraeus, which had been a distinct city prior to its 5th century BC incorporation with Athens.

A center for  the arts, learning and  philosophy, home of Plato’s Academy and Aristotle’s Lyceum (Λύκειον), it is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy, largely because of its cultural and political impact on the European continent, and in particular the Romans. In modern times, Athens is a large cosmopolitan metropolis and central to economic, financial, industrial, maritime, political and cultural life in Greece.

Athens is recognized as a global city because of its location and its importance in shipping, finance, commerce, media, entertainment, arts, international, culture, education and tourism. It is one of the biggest economic centers in southeastern Europe, with a large financial sector, and its port Piraeus is both the largest passenger port in Europe and the second largest in the world.

Athens is also the southernmost capital on the European mainland.

The heritage of the classical era is still evident in the city, represented by ancient monuments and works of art, the most famous of all being the Parthenon, considered a key landmark of early Western civilization.

Landmarks of the modern era, dating back to the establishment of Athens as the capital of the independent Greek state in 1834, include the Hellenic Parliament and the so-called «architectural trilogy of Athens», consisting of the National Library of Greece, the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the Academy of Athens.

Athens was the host city of the first modern-day Olympic Games in 1896, and 108 years later it welcomed home the 2004 Summer Olympics. Athens is also home to several large museums, such as the National Archeological Museum, featuring the world’s largest collection of ancient Greek antiquities, the Byzantine and Christian Museum and the new Acropolis Museum.

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