37 Fascinating Facts About Greece You Probably Don’t Know

Greece is one of the most fascinating countries in the world. Its history includes legends of gods and titans, love and beauty, and art and intellectualism.

You can go to a park and see thousand-year-old pillars sticking up out of the ground. Everywhere you look, history peeks its head out. So let’s learn a bit about why Greece’s history is still so important.

This competition of strength, agility and endurance was first held right here in Greece, which is why it is named after the town of Olympia.

The First Olympic Games Were Held in 776 BC in Olympia


The children of heaven (Ouranos) and earth (Gaia) were the Titans. To sum things up neatly, the youngest of the Titans, Kronos, defeated his father, Ouranos, thereby taking away his power.

Titans Came Before The Olympian Gods


That’s right, in most of the stories, there were no babies among the gods. In fact, right after Artemis was born, she acted as the midwife to her mother, helping her mother birth Artemis’s twin brother, Apollo.

Olympian Gods Were Birthed as Adults


The Athenian Democracy was a system dating back to the fifth century B.C. It was a system of direct democracy, where citizens with voting-rights voted directly on legislation and executive bills.

Greece is often considered to be the world’s first democracy


Including the Acropolis of Athens, the medieval City of Rhodes, the Temple of Apollo, and the Archeological site of Delphi, this list is long and impressive.

There are 18 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Greece


Yes, that’s right, there are over 6000 islands and islets spread over the Aegean and Ionian Seas. Only 227 of the islands are inhabited, and the rest are home only to plants and animals.

There are Over 6000 Islands in the Greek Sovereign State


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