Athens Greece
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Athens, Greece

January 20, 2006
Twenty years separate these two Landsat thematic mapper images of Athens, the capital of Greece.

Athens is also the capital of the Attica region. A cosmopolitan modern city, Athens is famous for being a powerful city-state and a very important center of learning in ancient times. It is named after its patron goddess, Athena.

Athens sprawls across the central plain of Attica, which is bound by mount Aegaleo to the west, mount Parnitha to the north, mount Penteli to the northeast, mount Hymettus to the east, and the Saronic Gulf to the south-west. Since Athens has expanded to cover the entire plain, up to its natural boundaries, it is unlikely that the city will grow significantly in area in the future.

The center of the modern city is at Syntagma Square (Constitution Square), site of the former Royal Palace, the Greek Parliament and other 19th century public buildings. Most of the older and wealthier parts of the city cluster around this area, which is also where most of the tourist attractions and museums are. The newer parts of the city are mostly constructed from grey concrete and suffer from a lack of parks and amenities.

Technical Information:
  • Satellite: Landsat
  • Instrument: Thematic Mapper
  • Acquisition: 03-Jul-1990
  • Center coordinates: lat. 37.97, lon. 23.71

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