Athens was ranked third place (3rd) in Tripadvisor's list of the 25 World Best Cultural destinations for 2023. Athens is the capital of Greece. Ancient Athens, originally a settlement on the Acropolis, developed in the 6th century BC. in a powerful city-state. Its port, which was initially Faliro, is Piraeus. It was until the 6th century, the most important center of arts, knowledge and philosophy.