I would like to welcome you to CityU Athens. In choosing to study in Athens, you choose the land where the gods and the heroes have left their traces.
Athens is a city of more than four million inhabitants, the capital of Greece, connected with the Port of Piraeus. Known from ancient times as the cradle of civilization and the birthplace of democracy, Athens is today a modern city with the Parthenon on the Acropolis to remind the student of the glory of the past. It is a link between old wise Europe and the colorful Orient. The city has an international character, and the ruins of ancient theaters and temples among the Byzantine churches make the city unique.
The sea is only some minutes away and invites visitors to refresh themselves in the clear blue water.
The challenge of living abroad in Athens is really exceptional. You walk through the alleys of the ancient ruins and you hear the secret voices of Aristotle, Plato and Socrates. You rest under the shade of an olive tree and you feel the wisdom of the goddess Athena guiding you. You stare at the youths opposite you and you see the smile of the goddess of love, Aphrodite, tempting you.
Walking on the narrow streets of Plaka on the slopes of the Acropolis you can find a thousand small shops, picturesque tavernas and cafés in the open air. You can find fine jewelry and worry beads as well as austere saints on the Byzantine icons. You can rest for a while to taste souvlaki or drink a bitter thick Greek coffee.
Athens is a multi-layer kaleidoscope, which must be experienced with all the senses. Athens is an endless source of beauty, excitement, peace and most of all, learning. Everywhere you are there is action and color. But you can also discover a quiet peaceful Athens to take you out of modern life and place: the Kesariani Monastery. It is situated at the foot of Mt. Imitos. The church is built on the ruins of a fifth century Christian church. It is a small oasis for the eye, the soul and the heart of Athens.
In Athens your eyes and heart are never at rest. Physically, you are standing there, but mentally you are back in time, and you wonder: who stood here? What happened here? You are the link connecting the present with the past.
On hot summer evenings you can discover the Athens of sounds and scents. People live outdoors. The city at nighttime is as alive and colorful as in daytime.
Coming here you will have the opportunity to experience both the aesthetic and intellectual beauties of Athens for yourself.
I look forward to meeting you in Athens,
Kali andamosi stin Athina,Citu