Welcome back to Fun Fact Tuesday at Statesman Ties. This week we’re talking about a dreamy Mediterranean country, Greece, which inspired our Greece tie.

Fun Fact 1: The Monasteries in Meteora are the second most important site in Greece (the first is the Acropolis!). They’re one of the only UNESCO World Heritage sites to qualify under more than one category (they qualified for nature and art). “Meteora” means suspended in air, which is the perfect name for these monasteries that are build into rocks and until the 1920’s were only accessible by rock climbing or being pulled up in a basket.

Fun Fact 2: Greece has one of the longest coastlines in the world at more than 9,000 miles long. In fact, no matter where you are in the country, you are less than 85 miles (136 kilometers) from the coast. Greece also boasts over 2,000 islands, although only around 170 of them are populated.

My favorite fun fact: It’s true that Greek rooks stretch way back. Athens has been continuously inhabited for over 7,000 years, making it one of the oldest cities in Europe. Ancient Greek is still the oldest written language in use today.

Tell us your favorite fact about Greece in the comment below. Don’t forget to check out our Greece tie and we’ll see you next week.