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Greece Destination Guide - The Cradle of Western Civilisation

Greece, located in southern Europe, is the southernmost country on the Balkan Peninsula. It is home to over 2,000 islands and has the longest coastline in the Mediterranean, and the 11th longest in the world. Despite its extensive coastline, 80% of Greece is mountainous. Mythical Mount Olympus is the highest peak in Greece, standing at almost 3,000 m. These geographical features forced the ancient Greeks to focus their expansion towards the sea. A mighty maritime nation, Greeks settled many colonies throughout the Mediterranean. They established trade connections with Africa and Asia and created some of the earliest naval charts and maps known today. Ancient Greeks were spread across various independent city-states, known as polis. The most prominent and most influential were the city-states of Athens and Sparta. Often referred to as the cradle of Western civilisation, ancient Greece is home to some of the most brilliant political, philosophical, architectural, cultural and military minds in all of human history.

Ladislav - 26 February 2021

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