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A trademark of the city, it is the number one attraction of Athens. Entering the archaeological site we see the complex of Propylaia. In front of the right wing is the small temple of Athena Nike. However, the most important attraction here is the Parthenon, a temple made almost entirely of Pentelic marble, dedicated to Athena the Virgin, inside of which was its gold-ivory statue that draws the eyes of all. Just opposite the Parthenon, on the north side of the Acropolis stands the Erechtheion, the temple of the famous Caryatids, with six marble daughters replacing the columns. Coming out of the archaeological site on the right there is a rock, the Areios Pagos, the seat of the oldest court in Athens. This is where the Apostle Paul also spoke in 52 AD. about Christianity. Climb the few steps and enjoy the view of the city from above.
South slope of Acropolis
On the southern slope of the Acropolis is its second organized archaeological site. Don’t overpass it, as here is the Theater of Dionysus, the most important and most ancient in the city. In the same place we find the Thracillus Sponsor’s Monument as well as the Lodge of Eumenes with successive arches of porcelain.
A visit to the Acropolis does not miss Herodion, the famous Roman conservatory (160 AD) that hosts some of the most important performances of the Athens Festival every summer. It has a semicircular shape, an imposing facade of 28 meters and a capacity of 5-6 thousand spectators. It also has excellent acoustics.
The pedestrianized Dionysiou Areopagitou street is one of the most beautiful walking routes in the city, overlooking the Parthenon on one side and the magnificent mansions on the other. Here is the New Acropolis Museum, next to the Acropolis Underground Station, which is also of interest, as it has at all its levels templates from the Parthenon sculptural decoration. With the unification of the archaeological sites the formed road starts from the Olympium and joins with the Apostle Paul street connecting the archaeological sites of the Olympium, the Theater of Dionysus, the Theater of Herod Atticus, the Acropolis and the Areios Pagos.
Philopappou - Pnika
From the intersection of Dionysiou Areopagitou and Apostolou Pavlou Streets, a path begins to the hills of Filopappou and Pnyka. On the way we come across the post-Byzantine chapel of St. Demetrios Loubardiari, as well as traces of the ancient wall of Athens. At the top of the hill lies the funeral monument of Julious Antiochus Philopappou. Next to Philopappou hill or otherwise the Muses hill, the hill of Pnika with the step where some of the most important political men of ancient Athens spoke, as this was the gathering of the Municipality Church.
The oldest district of today’s Athens, with its neoclassical houses and its narrow cobblestone streets, is one of the most touristic because of its proximity to the Acropolis. The central Hadrianou Street and the surrounding streets and pedestrian streets are full of tourist shops, cafés, traditional taverns and restaurants. The area also has many old churches, some of which are Byzantine, such as the Transfiguration of the Savior dating back to the 11th century.
Its narrow streets are home to several museums, such as the Children’s Museum, the Kanellopoulos Museum and the Museum of Greek Folk Instruments. Places like the Hadrian’s Library, the Roman Agora and the steam bath, the “Bath of Aeridon”.
One of the most picturesque districts of Plaka, on the northeast foot of the Acropolis. It was named after the immigrant builders from Anafi who defied the 1841 ban on building in the archaeological site of the Acropolis and built the first houses there. Thus, the architectural style is Cycladic and reminiscent of an island, with white whitewashed houses in the narrow streets.
Another tourist area of Athens, as it is close to Plaka and the Acropolis. Monastiraki Square, just in front of the power station, is the starting point for “Yusurum”, the grand bazaar on Hephaestus Street, formerly known for its antique shops, but today also has modern streetwear shops. Next to the square is the Tzistarakis Mosque, which houses a pottery collection today, and the Church of Our Lady of Pantanassa, also known as the “Church of the Great Monastery”, from which the square was named.
After the completion of the pavement, the area has been revitalized and more cafes have been opened in Thissio Square overlooking not only the Acropolis but also the Stoa of Attalos emerging from the Ancient Agora. The area around the homonymous train stop is perfect for relaxed walks among the street vendors, chestnuts vendors and street performers. It is also known as Thissio or Volcano the temple that stands on the top of the low hill of the Ancient Agora, the best preserved ancient temple in Greece.
It is the most important ancient cemetery of Athens. The entrance to the archaeological site is from Ermou Street. Just in front of the entrance extends one of the most characteristic streets with rich private graves, such as the Dexileo stele and the Hegesus stele. The funerary monuments are mostly copies, since the originals are in museums. In the background there are ruins of the wall, while the river Iridanos still flows in the area.
Entering the archaeological site from the entrance of Hadrianou Street, our attention is drawn to a building that is almost completely preserved, Thiseio, the temple of Hephaestus, which stands on a small hill, the hill of Agorios Kolonos. It is the most well preserved ancient temple in our country. Slightly lower, archaeologists have mapped the so-called western route, passing in front of the most important monuments of the political life of the Agora: the ruins of the Royal Lodge, the remnants of the Lodge of Eleftherios Zeus, the Registry, the Tholos and the Vouleuterion. One of the most important monuments in the area is the restored Lodge of Attalos which houses the Museum of the Ancient Agora.
Next to the Ancient Market, a new market created exclusively for commercial purposes. It was created by a joint donation of Augustus and Julius Caesar, what we now call Roman agora. Its most famous monument is the Tower of the Winds, the Clock of Andronikos Kyrestos or the “Winds” as it is called. It is an octagonal tower made of Pentelic marble, which is kept in excellent condition. At its top there was a windscreen, pointing to one of the eight winds depicted on the top of each side, hence its name. Other important buildings on the site are on the other side of the marble courtyard, the western propylon, or otherwise the Athena’s Chief Gate, and the Fethiye Mosque, or Mosque of the Conqueror, built in 1456 AD.
Southeast of the Greek Parliament lies the largest green lung of the city center and a favorite Athenian promenade. The former Royal Garden was designed by Queen Amalia herself and features tall centuries-old trees, dense shrubs and creeks. You will find a beautiful playground, a small zoo, an artificial lake, a children’s library and a Botanical Museum.
By the term Zappeion we refer to both the public garden next to the National Park and the homonymous mansion located in the garden. Take a stroll between its well-cared alleys and statues such as those of George Karaiskakis and Discovolos and don’t miss the impressive gate of the Mansion to admire the spectacular circular patio with marble columns. Exhibitions are organized in this building, and the surrounding area often hosts dense street events and a Christmas village.
One of the most imposing monuments in the city, the Panathenaic Stadium opposite the Zappeion Garden, also known as “Kallimarmaro”, as it is made of Pentelic marble. This was where the Olympic Games of 1896 were hosted, during the revival of the institution. Today it is the end point of the Marathon and is used for special public celebrations and concerts.
Steles of Olympian Zeus
Fifteen huge Corinthian columns rise imposingly in the large park defined by the streets of Vassilissis Amalias, Vassilissis Olgas, Kalliroys and Athanasiou Diakou. These are the ruins of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, also known as Olympium. The story of its erection begins in 515 BC, but will remain unfinished for about 7 centuries until it is completed in Hadrian era between 125-130 AD.
One of the most recognizable monuments in the city, on Amalia Avenue. It is the venerable arch that was built in 131 BC by the Athenians in honor of their benefactor-emperor. It bears two inscriptions, the first on the side of the Acropolis says: “Here is Athens the city of Theseus” and the second on the Olympium states: “This is the city of Hadrian and not Theseus.”
Constitution square - Ermou
Syntagma Square is the center of the capital’s political life. Surrounded by luxury hotels, the Monument of the Unknown Soldier and the building of the Greek Parliament are within walking distance. From here begins the shopping district, with its more central axis Ermou Street, which ends at the Kerameikos cemetery. Most of it is pedestrianized and, in addition to shops, attracts a multitude of street vendors and artists.
The Metropolitan Temple of Athens is located in the Metropolis Square, on the homonymous street that connects Syntagma Square with that of Monastiraki. The magnificent church, completed in 1862, is in the form of a cruciform three-aisled basilica with a dome and is dedicated to the Annunciation. Many important religious ceremonies such as weddings and funerals of prominent persons have taken place here. Inside the church is the statue of Patriarch Gregory II and St. Filothei of Athens.
In the middle of Ermou Street is one of the most remarkable Byzantine monuments of Athens. It is the temple of the Virgin Mary, known as “Kapnikarea”, built on the ruins of an ancient temple. Its name is thought to have come from the one who built it, who collected a building tax in the Byzantine years, the tobacco tax. Most of the frescoes inside the temple are creations by Fotis Kontoglou.
Omonia Square has been dubbed “the navel of Athens” as a focal point of the city. This is where the main streets of Athens start, such as the University street, the Stadium street, Athena street, Piraeus street, Agiou Konstantinou street and September 3rd street, which is where everybody goes every day. A few meters from the square is the Town Hall, at Kotzia Square and just after the Varvakeios Agora, the busiest city market. In the area of Omonia is also the imposing National Theater, on Agiou Konstantinou Street.
Academy - University - Library
The Neoclassical Trilogy of the city of Athens, exquisite examples of 19th-century architecture. The Academy was created with the donation of the benefactor Simon Sina and is considered the finest work of the Danish architect Theophilos Hansen in Greece. In the middle the University, in Christian Hansen’s drawings, with striking facade murals depicting the revival of science in the country. To the right is the Library built on the designs of Theophilus Hansen under the supervision of Ernesto Ziller and stands out for its impressive double ellipsoid staircase.
Lycabettus Hill, one of the most characteristic spots in the city, offers unique views across Athens. You can climb either using the cable car, by car or even on foot, passing through the forest that covers the hillsides. At the top there are two churches (St. Isidoros and St. George) as well as the open theater of Lycabettus.
Field of Aris
Favorite downtown park that emerged after its refurbishment. Some parts of it are under construction, but a stroll is worth it. Outdoor exhibitions are organized on site.
On the slopes of Ymittos, the fully restored Kaisariani Monastery is a remarkable 11th century Byzantine monument. One can visit the Cathedral, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, as well as the dining and bathing area used during the Turkish occupation as an olive mill. But beyond the monastery itself, if you come here you will also admire one of the most beautiful gardens in Attica, a work of the Athens Philadelphia Association.
Kaisariani forest is one of the 19 aesthetic forests of Greece and an ideal place for walks in Ymittos, around the Kaisariani Monastery.
It opened its gates in June 2009 at Dionysiou Areopagitou street, a modern building designed by the internationally renowned architect Bernard Tsoumi overlooking the Sacred Rock of the Acropolis to house the 4,000 important Acropolis finds. Visiting the museum is a unique experience. On the first floor is a collection of archaic sculptures, including daughters, as well as exhibits from the Erechtheion and the Temple of Athena Nike.
On the second floor there is a shop (as on the ground floor) and the museum restaurant overlooking the Acropolis, while the top floor of the building is dedicated to Parthenon sculptures, both original and copies of those found abroad. www.theacropolismuseum.gr
National Archaeological Museum
The largest archaeological museum in the country and one of the most important in the world of its kind is located on Tositsa Street. More than 11,000 exhibits are included in his collections, including the bronze statue of Neptune, the Hegesus tombstone, the Antikythera teenager, and items from the Mycenaean excavations. It also has a significant Egyptian collection, as well as a collection of Cypriot antiquities. www.namuseum.gr
Byzantine and Christian Museum
It is considered one of the most important museums in the world for the art and culture of the Byzantine and Post-Byzantine era, with over 25,000 exhibits dating from the 3rd to the 20th century, coming mostly from the wider Hellenic, Asia Minor and Balkans. It is set in the impressive Villa Ilissia, the winter palace of the famous Duchess of Placentia, on Vasilissis Sofia Street. www.byzantinemuseum.gr
Museum of Cycladic Art
It was founded in 1986 to house the Nicholas and Dolly Goulandris collection and has gradually been enriched with other donations. Today, its exhibits are divided into three major themes: Cycladic art (3200 – 2000 BC), ancient Greek art (2000 BC – 395 AD) and ancient Cypriot art (3900 BC). – 6th century AD). Interesting periodicals exhibitions, good gift shop, café-resto in beautiful patio. www.cycladic.gr
National Historical Museum
Housed in 1960 in the Old Town Hall on Stadiou Street, it features unique historical documents: paintings and engravings, weapons, flags, personal items of historical persons, documents and photographs, household utensils, tools, traditional costumes and works of modern Greek art. course of the Greek nation from the Conquest of Constantinople to the Greek-Italian War of 1940-41. At the store you will find valuable gift ideas and souvenirs. www.nhmuseum.gr
One of the most popular private museums in Athens, located in the impressive neoclassical building of the Benaki family, across from the National Garden and has several branches, such as the 138 Piraeus Street multiplex and the Kerameikos building complex that hosts them. The collections housed in the main building present the main historical periods of Greek era, from prehistoric times to the beginning of the 20th century. Be sure to visit the large department store, as well as the café-restaurant with its unique terrace overlooking the National Garden. www.benaki.gr
Museum of Greek Folk Art
It has a complete collection of representative samples of embroidery, weaving, clothing, disguise, shadow theater, silversmithing, metalworking, pottery, wood carving, folk painting and stone sculpture that help us get to know Greek folk culture. The main building is located on Kydathinaion Street in Plaka and has three more spaces: the Tzisdarakis Mosque in Monastiraki Square where the V. Kyriazopoulos Ceramics Collection is housed, the “Baths of the Aeridon” and the 22 Panos street Exhibition Building “People and Tools: Aspects of Working in Pre-Industrial Society”. www.melt.gr
Athens City Museum
One of the oldest neoclassical complexes in the city at Klafthmonos Square (which was also used as a temporary residence by the country’s first royal couple) presents the latest history of Athens, from its proclamation to the capital of the New Greek State. The rooms with the lounges of Otto and Amalia are impressive. www.athenscitymuseum.gr
Museum of Ceramics
Within the archaeological site of Kerameikos, this small museum houses objects of a mainly burial character, derived from excavations by the German Archaeological Institute at the Kerameikos necropolis. Extraordinary tombstones are on display, such as the marble archaic sphinx and the relief of Ampharete with her grandchild.
Museum of Ancient Agora (Gallery of Atalos)
The Museum of the Ancient Agora, located within the homonymous archaeological site, is housed in the renovated building of the Stoa of Attalos, dating to about 150 BC. Here are the findings of the excavations of the Ancient Agora from the Neolithic period to the post-Byzantine period and the period of the Turkish occupation. Among its most important exhibits are bronze court panels, a clay hourglass, bronze court votes, and shell banish votes engraved with the names of famous men of antiquity.
Unique in our country and the largest of its kind in the world, located on the south wing of the ground floor of the National Archaeological Museum. It holds more than 13,500 inscriptions, mainly written in Greek. Some of its rooms are dedicated solely to dedicated scholars. Its most impressive exhibit is the huge columns with the Athenian Alliance’s tax registers, which reach up to 3.5 meters in height.
The only museum of its kind in the Balkans, housed in Iliou Melathron, a real gem of Athens, work by Ernestos Ziller. On the first floor of the Panepistimiou Street building is presented the history of the building and the coinage in the ancient Greek world, while on the second floor the Roman, Byzantine and medieval coinage, as well as the coinage in the modern world and the modern Greek state, are on the second floor. There is a café in its beautiful courtyard.
Museum of Paul and Alexandra Kanellopoulou
It is believed to have one of the largest private collections of antiquities in the country, containing more than 6,000 objects and works of art dating from prehistoric to modern times. The collection was donated to the Greek state and housed in a neoclassical mansion at the foot of the Acropolis. www.pakanellopoulosfoundation.org
Modern Ceramics Study Center
The G. Psaropoulos Family Foundation next to the Kerameikos archaeological site is dedicated to the research, rescue and promotion of Greek utilitarian pottery from the early 19th century until the mid-20th century. In addition to maps, drawings, photographs and audiovisuals, ceramic workshops are also used to display art, while authentic pottery can be purchased from the store. The Center also organizes ceramics courses and seminars. www.potterymuseum.gr
At the intersection of Vasilissis Sofias and Rizari streets is the imposing modern museum building. Here you can see the exhibition of relics from the Stone Age to World War II. The first chambers are devoted to antiquity, Byzantium and Frankish rule, while the sections related to modern Greece are interesting. In the yard there are warplanes, some of which can be accessed in the cockpit.
It was founded in 1977 in a neoclassical building in Plaka, near Syntagma, to exhibit the material remains of 2300 years of Jewish life in Greece. His collection consists of 10,000 original objects, photographs, documents and archives, interesting material from the daily and religious life of Greek Jews. Among them are the objects of the Holocaust. www.jewishmuseum.gr
Benaki Museum of Islamic Art
This collection of the Benaki Museum presents itself in a beautiful neoclassical style near the Kerameikos cemetery. It includes more than 8,000 specimens of pottery, textiles, wood carving and other arts, tombstones and weapons, covering a large period of Islamic culture from the 7th to the 19th century. Among the most famous works of the collection are the two doors of Mesopotamia, the wicker carpet of Tiberias and the velvet saddle of Bursa, while the marble lobby of a 17th-century mansion from Cairo is impressive. “Hidden” café with nice terrace views. www.benaki.gr
Elias Lalaouni Jewelry Museum
The only museum of modern jewelry in Greece. It is located in a separate building of the early 20th century, on a lane by Dionysiou Areopagitou, formerly the workshop of Elias Lalaounis. The museum’s permanent collections now include more than 4,000 pieces of jewelry and 50 sculptures from 50 collections designed by its founder, from 1940 to 2000. Interesting shop. www.lalaounis-jewelrymuseum.gr
National Gallery - Alexander Suzhou Museum
It is the most important institution in the history of Greek and Western European art in Greece. Since its founding in 1900, it has managed to collect more than 17,000 paintings, sculptures, engravings and other forms of art in its collections, covering a period from the post-Byzantine period to the present day, with emphasis on Renaissance and Greek painting. In the building of the intersection of Vasileos Konstantinou and Vasilissis Sofia Streets (where it has been located since 1976) important periodical exhibitions have been organized, and since 2004 there is also the National Sculpture Gallery in Grove Stratus. The Gallery is closed for renovation. www.nationalgallery.gr
National Museum of Modern Art
The only state institution that focuses on the country’s contemporary art scene, as well as international trends. Although work on the permanent housing of the museum at the former Fix factory has not yet been completed, the exhibition program hosted at the interesting modernist building of the Athens Conservatory is still underway. www.emst.gr
Greek Children's Museum
It was founded in 1987 by a team of young scientists in Plaka. Its purpose is to design and implement educational programs for children both in the Children’s Museum and in other museums and cultural and educational sites. It is one of the first children’s museum experiences and is aimed at children up to 12 years old, parents and teachers. www.hcm.gr
Private Museum of Contemporary European Painting, founded by the Vlasi Frisira family. His major collections include paintings, drawings, sculptures and engravings by European and Greek artists after 1940, with the main feature being the human element. It is housed in two beautiful neoclassical buildings in Plaka. http://www.frissirasmuseum.com
Athens Concert Hall
Emblematic multifaceted building of the city. It has two perfect acoustic concert halls. The first one, called “Christos Lambrakis” (formerly Friends of Music), has a capacity of 2000 people for recitals, concerts, operas and conferences, while the second room “Dimitris Mitropoulos” has a capacity of 450 people and is used for chamber music performances. The building also houses an International Convention Center and the “Lilian Voudouris Music Library”, and hosts art exhibitions. www.megaron.gr
Onassis Foundation Arts & Literature Home
A contemporary aesthetic building on Sygrou Avenue houses the Onassis Foundation for Arts and Letters, with a dynamic program of theater, dance, music, art and literary events. The building, which occupies an entire building block, has two main rooms suitable for theater and dance performances, concerts, film screenings, lectures and conferences. On the top floor there is a restaurant, which in the summer extends to the terrace of the building with unique views of the Acropolis, Lycabettus and Saronic gulf, while on the ground floor a café-meeting point. www.sgt.gr
Foundation for Greater Hellenism (IME)
The “Hellenic World”, the Cultural Center of IME is a multipurpose building, on Piraeus Street in Tavros, where visitors experience Greek history and culture with the most up-to-date audiovisual and interactive media. A separate experience is Tholos, the virtual reality hemispherical theater, where the digital collections of IME are presented, and since 2008 the “Theater” has been operating, hosting art shows. His future plans are to develop it into an 60-acre international amusement and culture park. www.ime.gr