Geological Paths of a Greater Athens
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Another, different Greece, which unites the past with the present, the old with the new, will give you the opportunity to get to know it in a 2-day trip, not far from the center of Athens. This is a 2-day activity. Hiking on the mountains of Attica and visiting Greece’s defiant monument, the lively museum of Worldwide Civilization, the Acropolis.
Mount Penteli, its geology still fascinates today as it did in ancient times. In this region, marble, schist slate, and gneiss abound. Among them, the most outstanding rock type is the Pentelic marble, the one enriching Athens’ ancient monuments par excellence. We will be finding Pentelic white marble on our way either on surface or in subterranean quarries and mines of the region.
Laureotica. If Mount Penteli sourced its rocks to Ancient Athens, Lavrion gave so much more. It’s richness. The Lavreotic Peninsula is the one who disposed huge quantities of Galena or galenite, where silver was extracted by a melting process thus giving way to silver production. The silver stored in the treasuries of the Parthenon was Athens’ source of power during Pericles’ Era.
Athens. Geology gives way to Geo-Archaeology here. We will meet statues, monuments of Ancient Athens, giving us the opportunity to consider the contribution of Geology to Pericles’ Golden Age. An era where Athens flourished, finding itself at the pinnacle of Civilization, owing its dynamic wholly to the Geology of Mt. Pentelis and Lavrion.
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: Day 1 - Mt. Pentelis region. Mt. Pentelis summit – Open-air quarry which used to extract marble – Present-day subterranean marble mine – Getting acquainted with the geology of the Pentelic region (hike to Aghios Petros – several stops to admire rock formations of schist, orthogneiss, and meta_en_en_en_en_en_en_en_en_en_en_enbasites.
: Day 1 - Acropolis. Relationship between the Pentelic Marble and marble sculptures. Relationship between the Golden Age of Pericles, an era of wealth at its peak, and the abundant treasures of the Lavreotic mines.
: Day 2 - Lavreotic Region. Visit to The Museum of Mineralogy and Metallurgy at Saint Constantine village (near the city of Lavrio). Stone –built arched tunnel. Entrance to the biggest mining tunnel in the area. Impressive ‘Chaos’ sinkhole. Archaeological site of the ancient mining laundries and Archaeological site of Thorikos (world’s oldest ancient theatre) – First ancient mining tunnel in History. Minerals Market. Strolling in the city of Lavrio
Terms and conditions
A minimum of 10 participants is required.
The tour is scheduled for a max of 20 participants.
Video and recording of tours and presentations may be allowed with the organizer ‘s written permission. Photographic material and information, for commercial or journalistic purposes, related to the organized tours of KEDROS SA may be allowed with company’s written permission.
Cancellations or Date changes must be made at least 48 hours in advance of the scheduled time. You may then reschedule once at no additional cost or fees, although venue ticketing restrictions may apply.
Cancellations within 48 hours of the tour are considered as no shows and are therefore non-refundable.