CIVILISATION

CIVILISATION 2018-10-16T18:38:13+00:00

Saying that the land of Saronikos, Mesogeia and Lavreotiki had already been inhabited since the neolithic age (6000 – 2800 BC) may not impress that much when referring to a country like Greece. However, archaeological findings, monuments and memories speak of a land blessed with natural beauty, unique settlements, and historical figures that were born here and excelled in the wider region of Athens. They speak of the age-old cultivation and production of goods that are still an integral part of our daily lives, works of art that still enchant in every part of the world, sacred traditions and events in harder and better times long ago. We are the homeland of Cleisthenes, reformer of the Athenian democracy and Themistocles, the great general. We are the “homeland of Kouros statues”, the most beautiful Kouros statues created during the Archaic period. We are the land that produced the best natural “salt of the earth” worldwide in the salt lake of Anavyssos. We are the land that pilgrims crossed (through Strata tou Asteos or Strata tis E(O)lympos, named after the settlement of Olympos) to come from Athens to the temple of Poseidon in Sounion. We are the small sacred islets scattered among natural landscapes, the early Christian basilicas, Byzantine temples and medieval settlements, like age-old sacred havens throughout the land of Mesogeia. We are the land that welcomed refugees who shared their knowledge and culture throughout Europe. We are a historic “melting pot”, one of the most extraordinary in the land of Attica and this is something we want to share with you.