34 Vintage Photos Showing Greece During the 19th Century

Greece, officially the Hellenic Republic, is a country in Southeast Europe. It is situated on the southern tip of the Balkans, and is located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Greece shares land borders with Albania to the northwest, North Macedonia and Bulgaria to the north, and Turkey to the northeast. The Aegean Sea lies to the east of the mainland, the Ionian Sea to the west, and the Sea of Crete and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. Greece has the longest coastline on the Mediterranean Basin, featuring thousands of islands. The country consists of nine traditional geographic regions, and has a population of approximately 10.7 million. Athens is the nation’s capital and largest city, followed by Thessaloniki.

Greece is considered the cradle of Western civilization, being the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, Western literature, historiography, political science, major scientific and mathematical principles, theatre and the Olympic Games. From the eighth century BC, the Greeks were organised into various independent city-states, known as poleis (singular polis), which spanned the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. Philip II of Macedon united most of present-day Greece in the fourth century BC, with his son Alexander the Great rapidly conquering much of the ancient world, from the eastern Mediterranean to India. The subsequent Hellenistic period saw the height of Greek culture and influence in antiquity. Greece was annexed by Rome in the second century BC, becoming an integral part of the Roman Empire and its continuation, the Byzantine Empire, which was culturally and linguistically predominantly Greek. The Greek Orthodox Church, which emerged in the first century AD, helped shape modern Greek identity and transmitted Greek traditions to the wider Orthodox world. After falling under Ottoman rule in the mid-15th century, Greece emerged as a modern nation state in 1830 following a war of independence. The country’s rich historical legacy is reflected in part by its 18 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Greece is a unitary parliamentary republic, and a developed country, with an advanced high-income economy, and a high quality of life, ranking 32nd in the Human Development Index. Its economy is the largest in the Balkans, where it is an important regional investor. A founding member of the United Nations, Greece was the tenth member to join the European Communities (precursor to the European Union) and has been part of the Eurozone since 2001. It is also a member of numerous other international institutions, including the Council of Europe, NATO, the OECD, the WTO, and the OSCE. Greece’s unique cultural heritage, large tourism industry, prominent shipping sector and geostrategic importance classify it as a middle power. (Wikipedia)

A set of rare and amazing photos of Greece from the 19th century.

Tourists on Parthenon, Athens, Greece, circa 1860
Athens from Acropolis, Greece, circa 1860
Athens from Acropolis, Greece, circa 1860
Athens from Acropolis, Greece, circa 1860
Hephaisteion, Acropolis, Greece, circa 1860
Jupiter temple, Athens, Greece, circa 1860
Piraeus, Greece, 1860
The Choragic Monument of Lysicrates, Athens, Greece, 1860
Thessaloniki snow, Greece, circa 1860
Athens from Acropolis, Greece, 1862
Ermoupoli, Greece, 1865
Samos port, Greece, 1865
Chania port, Greece, 1868
Kapela, Crete, Greece, 1868
Plaka from Acropolis, Greece, 1868
Monastiraki, Athens, Greece, 1869
Crete Port, Chania, Greece, 1870
Royal Palace from Acropolis, Greece, circa 1870-90
Corfu, Greece, 1875
Railroad with Acropolis, Greece, 1875
The Tower of the Winds, Athens, Greece, 1875
Citadel, Corfu, Greece, circa 1880
Corfu port, Greece, circa 1880
Corfu, Greece, circa 1880
Corfu, Greece, circa 1880
Corfu, Greece, circa 1880
Corfu, Greece, circa 1880
Kerameikos, Athens, Greece, 1882
Piraeus, Greece, 1889
Athens street scenes, Greece, 1890
Mytilene port, Lesbos, Greece, 1890
Syntagma, Athens, Greece, 1890
The Choragic Monument of Lysicrates, Athens, Greece, 1890
The National Archaeological Museum, Athens, Greece, 1890

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