Athens, Greece: Day FiveDecember 21, 2011
Posted by Kanga.
Day Five was actually spent indoors, resting. This involved sleeping late, Facebooking & Twittering, followed by napping. After my nap, I actually spent the rest of the day working (yes, working on my vacation) by selecting 213 books to order for my students and library.
So, for this entry, I am going to pull out some pictures from a previous day that I was saving because they deserve a post of their very own.
Several of the metro train stations also serve as museums due to the fact that one is hard pressed to dig a hole here and not hit antiquity. Monastiraki is one such station with the following preserved site.
Through the center flows a ancient waterway, the River Eridanos (not very big, what we call, back home, a creek). The structures here are a combination of building walls and water ducts connecting to this “river”. The natural waterway was covered over with a brick ceiling and the ducts shown here connect to it turning it into a sewer.
Good quality, bilingual signage explains the history of the area and shows some of the artifacts found.
The ceiling over the waterway is shown in the lower left of the above picture.
There is a plexi-glass walkway allowing one to get a very good, close view without causing any damage. Very nice.