Sketches of modern Athens by John Nelson AbbottSketches of modern Athens by John Nelson Abbott

Sketches of modern Athens

byJohn Nelson Abbott

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1849. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V. The Road of jEolus--French Wrestler--The Modern Greek Language--The Carnival--The keeping of Lent in Greece--Easter--Custom of wearing Long Hair--Dress of the Modern Greeks--The City of Thebes--The Mountain Hymettus--Situation of Athens--Climate of Attica--Population of Greece, and its Forces. At right angles to the road of 'Epfj.rjs is 6S6s Tov AloXov, so named from the Temple of iEolus, which is close to it. This road commences at the foot of the hill of the Acropolis, and leads straight to the north part of Athens. In it are the principal shops and houses, and the greatest number. It is always thronged. Here also, a little out of the city, are many coffee-houses, where on Sunday and other holy-days, at about 4 o'clock, the King's band plays; which thousands resort thither to hear. In the above road is a church, called 'Ayia Elprjvr. This church, though neither large nor beautiful, is yet the principal one in Athens. On every public holy-day, the King and Queen are obliged to go to it, in the following order. The artillery, at four o'clock in the morning, proceed to the top of a hill of Attica, a little out of the city, whence they fire salutes. At nine o'clock a great number of the Greek army are stationed in that road; and the cavalry go to the palace, to form a guard of honour for his Majesty. At ten o'clock the King and Queen, both wearing Greek clothes, go to the church, attended by all the Ministers of State, and the highest men of the kingdom. They are there met by the Ambassadors of the various nations. At eleven o'clock the King returns to his palace, when all those personages pay their respects to him. Some of these days are kept by the Greeks with greater ceremony, especially the 6th of April, the anniversary of the day of the brea...
Title:Sketches of modern AthensFormat:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217994172

ISBN - 13:9780217994170