By Steve RosenbergPublished January 07, 2017 06:57:58It was a big night for tree lovers in Athens.
The city celebrated its annual tree festival, which draws in tourists from all over the world, and the festivities brought together thousands of people for an evening of music, dancing, and family-friendly activities.
While the festival was an international affair, Athens was also home to a special one-night-only tree, Tree of Atlantis, that opened to the public on Monday.
Athens’ famous tree, which has been a symbol of Athens since ancient times, had been sitting on the ground for decades.
The original tree, a massive stone slab of the same name, was discovered in a well-preserved tomb in 1922, and it was restored to life in 2005 by the Athenian State.
In the years since, hundreds of other monuments have been erected to honor the tree, including the National Garden, a monument dedicated to the tree that sits on the Acropolis.
While Tree of Avalon, which opened to a limited number of visitors, is a traditional Athenian tree, its roots can be traced to the city’s history, with the Greek historian Herodotus telling the story of the city of Athens in the third century BC, which was founded by King Cleopatra.
The tree has also been a prominent symbol of Greece for centuries, with Greek and Roman statues adorned with it.
It was the centerpiece of a royal funeral in the fifth century BC.
The most famous tree in Athens is the “Tree of Athens,” a towering sculpture that sits atop a central plaza.
In the past, it was also a popular tourist attraction.
In 2013, more than 100,000 people attended a concert at the plaza, according to the New York Times.
The concert featured artists like Rachmaninoff, David Byrne, and Pharrell Williams.