Today, we celebrate Christmas and we remember that Athens had some Gods of her own, one who came along the way and stayed and another who came and left.
The Temple of Hephaestus (also called Thission, upper left) is the best-preserved ancient Greek temple in the world, built about 449 BC. The church on the right is Aghii Apostoli, one of the oldest orthodox churches in Athens, built around AD 1000.
This building used to be a mosque. It was the "Fethiye Mosque", built around 1458 by Mehmet the Conqueror inside the area of the Roman agora (yes, Romans had conquered Athens too). It hasn't been used as a mosque for about 180 years.
On a day like this, let's remember that religion should not be used to divide people (as it happens again in our days) but to teach lessons of love, tolerance and respect to anyone's faith.
Question for our friends from non-christian countries: Do you even celebrate Christmas? I read in the papers that Asian cities are decorated, camels in Egypt bear Santa Klaus accessories and things like that. Is that really happening?
Merry Christmas to all of you or Happy Holidays anyway. :-)