Naturally there are monuments demonstrating the modern history of Athens, date from 1830 onwards, after the establishment of the independent Greek state. Visitors can see the Greek Parliament, the National Library, the Academy and the University and a great number of Neoclassical buildings and elements of the time that survive to this date with lots of care and attention.
Ancient Greece started to celebrate the Olympic Games and in 1896 the city hosted the first modern Olympic Games. In 2004, one hundred eight years later the Games came back to Athens with great success.
There are about 150 theater stages in Athens (more than in any city in the world) including the Odeon of Herod Atticus and a great number of open-air cinemas for summer visitors. For the lovers of classical music there is the Athens Concert Hall that houses famous artists throughout the year.