Horiatiki Greek Village Salad & Acropolis of Athens are two of my most favorite things that I loved about my recent travels to Athens, Greece! The Greek Village Salad or Horiatiki Salata is served at restaurants as well in homes. Simply delightful! It’s made with fresh from the vine tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and red onion. . . served with a thick slice of greek feta cheese, drizzled with greek olive oil, a handful of kalamata olives, and sprinkled with dried oregano. Simply Heaven! AND how do I even begin to express the Acropolis of Athens?! It’s completely amazing! I’m so grateful I was able to experience this historical wonder just a few of weeks ago on my trip to Greece. I’ve been sharing some recipes and highlights as part of our Culinary Journey Around the World: so far we’ve enjoyed Yiaourti Me Meli & Evia Island, Greece, Blueberry Lemon Mastiha Cocktail Recipe & Greece Travel and today’s Horiatiki Greek Village Salad & Acropolis of Athens! We’re not done yet. . . there will be more coming soon! The wanderlust in me loves being immersed in cultures, cuisines, and histories of the world. And then getting to share with all of you is the most joyful part! 🙂
Horiatiki Greek Village Salad
Horiatiki Salata or Greek Village Salad is a simple and beautiful salad that I saw on many restaurant’s menus and enjoyed many times around the tables of my friends home. I loved being in Greece with some of my dearest friends, who I now refer to as my Greek family. I’m so happy to have been a part of their kitchen, watching and learning from Vivi and Victoria. I was also able to learn some about the Greek way of life. . . to visit historical sites, restaurants, and the city of Athens with them. It was wonderful and I’m so very grateful to the Karpos family for welcoming me into their home.
The Parthenon of Athens, Greece
The Parthenon of Athens has a long and complex history. Built nearly 2,500 years ago as a temple dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena, it was for a thousand years the church of the Virgin Mary of the Athenians, then a mosque, and finally an archaeological ruin.
In the 5th century BC, the Athenians, empowered from their victory over the Persians, carried out an ambitious building program under the leadership of the great statesman Perikles, comprising a large number of monuments including the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, the Propylaia and the temple of Athena Nike. The monuments were developed by an exceptional group of architects (such as Iktinos, Kallikrates, Mnesikles) and sculptors (such as Pheidias, Alkamenes, Agorakritos), who transformed the rocky hill into a unique complex, which heralded the emergence of classical Greek thought and art. On this hill were born Democracy, Philosophy, Theatre, Freedom of Expression and Speech, which provide to this day the intellectual and spiritual foundation for the contemporary world and its values. The Acropolis’ monuments, having survived for almost twenty-five centuries through wars, explosions, bombardments, fires, earthquakes, sackings, interventions and alterations, have adapted to different uses and the civilizations, myths and religions that flourished in Greece through time. To read more visit UNESCO
The Parthenon was the center of religious life in the powerful Greek City-State of Athens, the head of the Delian League. Built in the 5 century B.C., it was a symbol of the power, wealth and elevated culture of Athens. It was the largest and most lavish temple the Greek mainland had ever seen. Today, it is one of the most recognized buildings in the world and an enduring symbol of Ancient Greece.
The building was altered and the sculptures much damaged over the course of the centuries. The first major loss occurred around AD 500 when the Parthenon was converted into a church. When the city was under siege by the Venetians in 1687, the Parthenon itself was used as a gunpowder store. A huge explosion blew the roof off and destroyed a large portion of the remaining sculptures. The building has been a ruin ever since.
Making your way to the top of the Acropolis is no small endeavor and I was a little surprised to discover that it is somewhat slippery. Be sure to wear shoes that are good for exercise (at least tennis shoes) and have good traction, because the natural dust of the Acropolis gets quite slick. Even with my hiking Chaco sandals, I had to be careful and I even had to catch myself from slipping on the paths or steps at least a couple of times! Be prepared to climb many stairs (I’ve read there are 150 stairs) and walk carefully for about an hour. 🙂
Video of the Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece
Healing of the Parthenon
Architects, archaeologists, engineers, conservators, draughtsmen, marble masons and workers – the staff of the Acropolis Restoration Service (YSMA) – are the people we may see around us on every visit to the Acropolis, on scaffolding, on cranes, running the organized work areas. On a daily basis, they deal with the structural problems of these ancient monuments, dismantling ailing parts that need “healing,” conserving architectural members, completing them where necessary with new Pentelic marble, and repositioning them.
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Temple of Athena Nike
This temple, with its dramatic pillars, was built atop a sacred rock on a bastion around 420 BC and is considered the earliest fully Ionic temple on the Acropolis. It was designed by architect Kallikrates, built in honor of Athena. Even today, it’s surprisingly well preserved, albeit delicate and ancient. It was rebuilt multiple times over the years, most recently from 1936 to 1940.
The Temple of Athena Nike is the smallest structure on the Athenian Acropolis, but holds no less importance than its neighboring shrines. Built to honor Athena Nike, the goddess of victory, the site upon which the temple was constructed has ceremonial roots that date back to the Bronze Age. When the newer, Classical temple was built in the fifth century B.C., it no doubt did double duty: it stood as a shrine to Athens’ patron goddess, and also acted as a symbol of Athens’ military and political strength.
The new Acropolis Museum
The new Acropolis Museum was completed in 2007 and offers all the amenities expected in an international museum of the 21st century. Where are the surviving sculptures of the Parthenon? The majority of the sculptures are roughly equally divided between Athens and London. Important pieces are also held by other major European museums, including the Musée du Louvre in Paris, Vatican Museums, the National Museum in Copenhagen, the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, the University Museum in Würzburg, and the Glyptothek in Munich.
While there is are on-going effort to bring back the statues from the Parthenon to the museum in Athens. . . many of them still remain in other countries. In the case of the missing woman from the Temple of Athena Nike, you can see in the photo’s below that one of the women statutes is missing and has yet to be returned from England. Actually, the room with these statues is the only place where photo’s are allowed in the whole museum!
- 1 (8 ounce) slice of greek feta cheese
- 3 vine ripe tomatoes, quartered
- 2 cucumbers, halved and sliced
- 1 red, yellow, or green pepper, de-seeded and cut 1/4 inch slices
- 1 small red onion, cut 1/4 inch thick slices
- 1 cup greek olives
- 1/3 cup greek olive oil, divided
- 2 tablespoon dried oregano, divided
- Combine all tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, red onion and mixing bowl; toss with 1/4 cup greek olive oil and 1 1/2 tablespoons oregano.
- Arrange on serving platter, top with greek feta cheese, sprinkle cheese with oregano, and drizzle with remaining olive oil.
- Evenly arrange greek olives on top of salad.
- Serve and Enjoy your Horiatiki Greek Village Salad!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 130Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 233mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 2g
Views from the top of the Acropolis of Athens, Greece!
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