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  • 1 Temple of Athena Nike Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Av. Dionissou-Aeropagitou GR - 11742 Athína

    Previously known under the name of temple of the Aptere Victory, it juts out in front of the Propylaea, overlooking the Sacred Way. According to the legend, the aged Aegeus, the father of Theseus, threw himself in the sea (!) from the top of the rock..

  • 2 National Archaeological Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    44 r. Patission GR - 10682 Athína

    The National Archaeological Museum, one of the richest in the world, is devoted to ancient art, from the Neolithic epoch to the Roman epoch. It assembles the main works of art from the major Greek archaeological sites, except for Delphos, Olympia and..

  • 3 Lycabettos Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    R. Aristipou GR - 10675 Athína

    The Lycabetus, or Wolves' Hill, 277 m high, is crowned by Saint George's Chapel. From the neighbouring terraces, a wonderful panorama embraces the city of Athens, the Acropolis, and the Piraeus coast, together with the main surrounding peaks: to the ..

  • 4 Parthenon Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Av. Dionissou-Aeropagitou GR - 11742 Athína

    This Doric temple was built in the time of Pericles by the architect Iktinos. Phidias directed the work of the sculpted decoration of the pediments, friezes and metopes. It was dedicated to Athena, and her chryselephantine statue, a work by Phidias, ..

  • 5 Erechtheion Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Av. Dionissou-Aeropagitou GR - 11742 Athína

    This elegant little temple, completed in 407 B.C., a combination of Doric and Ionic order, has a complicated ground plan due to the declivity of the ground and the fact that it contains several places of worship. The most important ones are dedicated..

  • 6 Acropolis Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    15 r. Dionysiou-Aeropagitou GR - 11742 Athína

    This museum brings together sculptures and objects from the monuments and excavations of the Acropolis, notably a remarkable series of ancient works. Note at the entrance the marble owl (early 5C B.C.), the bird of Athena, and symbol of wisdom. In th..

  • 7 Acropolis Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Av. Dionissiou-Areopagitou GR - 11851 Athína

    This «upper town», a focal point of civilization, occupies the summit of an abrupt rock. It is 270 m in length and 156 m wide, covering an area of 4 ha, and it dominates the lower town from a height of nearly 100 m. Although it contains remains of va..

  • 8 Philopappos Hill Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Av. Dionissou Aeropagitou GR - 117 42 Athína

    This hill (147 m high) was in Antiquity consecrated to the Muses and named Mouseion. On the way up, note a troglodytic dwelling for a long time identified as Socrates' prison. The hill is dominated by Philopappos' monument (116 A.D.), built in memory..

  • 9 Theatre of Dionysos Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Av. Dionissou-Aeropagitou GR - 11742 Athína

    In the 6C B.C., a first stage was built in the sacred enclosure dedicated to Dionysos, where the Dionysian festivals were held, consisting of choirs, mimes and dances of satyrs and menads. These installations gave way at the start of the next century..

  • 10 Theseion Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Av. Apostalou-Pavlou GR - 11851 Athína

    Crowning a hill 66 m high, this Doric temple of the 5C B.C., one of the best preserved in the Greek world, overlooks the Agora, the centre of Athenian public life in antiquity. Called the Theseion (the temple of Theseus), it is in fact the Hephaistei..

  • 11 Pláka Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Odos Pandrossou GR - 105 58 Athína

    Especially in the upper part, Pláka forms a picturesque web of peaceful small roads and alleys, small squares and terraces linking flights of steps. A few small Byzantine churches alternate with old houses with round-tiled roofs and wooden balconies,..

  • 12 Small Metropolitan Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Pl. Métropoléos GR - 10556 Athína

    The Small Metropole is placed under the protection of the «Virgin who answers prayers quickly» (Panagía Gorgoepíkoos), and is a charming Byzantine church of the 12C, the ground plan of which is in the form of a Greek cross, with a cupola the small pr..

  • 13 Temple to Olympian Zeus Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Av. Amalias GR - 10557 Athína

    The Olympieion, or temple of Olympian Zeus, the remains of which rise up beyond Hadrian's gate, was one of the largest in the Greek world (107.45 m x 41 m). In the 6C B.C. the sons of Pisistrates wanted to raise a huge temple in this location, a few ..

  • 14 Kapnikaréa Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    R. Ermou GR - 11854 Athína

    This church, attached to Athens University, probably derives its name from that of a founder. It is a double church comprising two adjoining chapels, one, to the right, from the 11C, on the plan of a Greek cross, the other from the 13C, surmounted by..

  • 15 Benáki Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    1 r. Koumbari GR - 10674 Athína

    This museum, which is built in an individual residence of the 19C, and which is devoted above all to Greek and Oriental art, houses the collection of Antoine Benáki (1873-1954), a patron of the arts who founded a line in Egypt. The museum was complet..

  • 16 Byzantine Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    22 av. Vasillissis-Sofias GR - 10675 Athína

    The Byzantine Museum is the only one in Europe entirely devoted to Byzantine art. From 1840 to 1848 the famous Greek architect Kleanthis built this residence, in Italian Renaissance style, for the Duchess of Plaisance, the wife of General Le Brun; th..

  • 17 Museum of Cycladic Art Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    4 r. Neophytou-Doukas GR - 10674 Athína

    The core of the Museum of Cycladic Art is the private collection of N.P. Goulandris, which is admirably presented and of outstanding quality, illustrating the development of Greek art over a period of 3,000 years. On the 1st floor you will find no fe..

  • 18 Kanellopoulos Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    12 r. Theorias GR - 117 42 Athína

    A 19C residence which is home to remarkable ancient ceramics, Tanagra figurines, busts of Sophocles and Alexander, jewels, Byzantine icons, popular art objects, etc.

  • 19 Stadium Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Av. Vassiléos-Constantinou GR - 11528 Athína

    The stadium occupies the same ground as the ancient stadium, which was built under Lycurgus in the 4C B.C. and rebuilt by Herodus Atticus in 144 A.D. Ruined and turned into fields for wheat, it was rebuilt on its original plan for the Olympic Games o..

  • 20 Propylaia Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Av. Dionissou-Aeropagitou GR - 11742 Athína

    The Propylaea forming a monumental entrance of the Acropolis were built by the architect Mnesicles, who used the blue marble of Eleusis and white marble of the Pentelikos. They include a central body flanked by two asymmetrical wings at right-angles...

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