Athens, the cradle of the Western civilization, the birthplace of Democracy and one of the oldest cities in the world. Acclaimed as the historical capital of Europe, the city of Athens is constantly inhabited since the Neolithic Age. The 5th century was the time of its ultimate bloom, when moral values and civilization surpassed city limits and became the mother land of western civilization. In the centuries that followed, many conquerors tried to take over Athens. In 1834 Athens was chosen to be the capital of the newly established Greek State, and nowadays the city hosts more than 4,5 million people, is the political, social, cultural, financial and commercial center of Greece. Athens is a city of different aspects, with famous historic neighborhoods like Plaka, Psyri or Monastiraki, bordering areas with old mansions and districts with luxurious department stores, small intimate shops, fancy restaurants and traditional taverns.