All the way to the other side of the world you will find the city of Athens, the capital of Greece, a name that was given to it in honor of the goddess named Atenea, the divinity of war, of peace, of wisdom and of arts. The fame of the city goes all the way back to ancient times, with its history confused in between labyrinths of myths and legends
The official version says that the town of Atenas in Costa Rica represented the center of admiration of the chief of state in those times, Jose Rafael de Gallegos Alvarado and it is said that he was a great lover of the Greek culture. This is why when in 1833 the neighbors of these regions presented a petition to build an actual city; the chief of state didn’t even doubt for a minute and proposed the name of Atenas for the new town, a petition that was not denied for obvious reasons.
This is the story that has always been called in Costa Rica about how the town of Atenas became to be what it is today with the name that it has, but there are certain people that have said that this is not true and have doubted it was actually backed chief of state that professed the adulation for the city in Greece were that she was other people.
Some people say that inhabitants of the region never asked and never were given proposition for a name. Other people say that before Atenas was founded, there was another town established in the province, that still exist, and was given the name of Grecia, which means Greece in Spanish and they actually say that this is how the adoration for this European culture started.
But regardless of how the beautiful town got its name, it has a rich history as he was formerly called the way of the mules. This man doesn’t sound very flattering but it actually was because it is said that the only road that communicated the interior of Costa Rica with the country of Guatemala during the colonial era was through this town.
During the 19th century, coffee transformed the economy of Costa Rica and became rapidly in a prime exportation product and this is why the people who farmed this crop saw themselves in need of constructing the road that would unite the Central Valley of the main exportation destinations. This gave birth to the transformation of the way of the mule to the way of the oxcart, the most important road and went through Atenas in the whole country.