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  • 1 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 ..

  • 2 Acropolis Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Av. Dionissiou-Areopagitou GR - 11851 Athína

    In this focal point of civilization you will discover the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechteion and the Parthenon, masterpieces of the 5th century B.C. At a relatively late period, the hole which Poseidon made on a rock with a blow of ..

  • 3 Parthenon Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Av. Dionissou-Aeropagitou GR - 11742 Athína

    This Doric temple was built in the epoch of Pericles by Iktinos, under Phidias. His statue, dedicated to Athena, decorated the sanctuary. In the Byzantine epoch this statue taken to Constantinople, was destroyed during the siege of the city by the Cr..

  • 4 Erechtheion Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Av. Dionissou-Aeropagitou GR - 11742 Athína

    This elegant 5C B.C. temple, with many places of worship, was a church, a palace, a harem and then a military magazine. The famous portico of the kores was named the «Caryatids tribune» because 6 statues of young women, clad in tunics with parallel f..

  • 5 Acropolis Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    15 r. Dionysiou-Aeropagitou GR - 11742 Athína

    After entering this place, how will you leave it? You will certainly be enchanted by the celebrated kores with their mischievous smiles, the famous "pensive Athena", the remarkable kore of Antenor, the winged statue of Nike and the kore wit..

  • 6 Temple of Athena Nike Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Av. Dionissou-Aeropagitou GR - 11742 Athína

    This graceful Ionic temple (late 5C B.C.) juts out in front of the Propylaea, overlooking the Sacred Way. According to the legend, Aegeus, the father of Theseus, believing his son to be dead, threw himself from the rock where the temple is built. Reb..

  • 7 National Archaeological Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    44 r. Patission GR - 10682 Athína

    Boasting one of the finest collections anywhere, this museum was founded in 1834. Devoted to ancient art from the Neolithic to the Roman epoch, its revamped interior displays works of art from the major Greek archaeological sites. Admire the famous g..

  • 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 famous Dionysian festivals were held. These installations gave way at the start of the next century to a genuine theatre where you missed the great plays ..

  • 10 Theseion Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Av. Apostalou-Pavlou GR - 11851 Athína

    This Doric temple (5C B.C.) overlooks the Agora. Called the Theseion, it is in fact the Hehpaisteion: a worship place of Hephaistos. In the Byzantine epoch it became a church, then a cemetery until the last century. The sculptures evoke the adventure..

  • 11 Pláka Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Odos Pandrossou GR - 105 58 Athína

    Pláka forms a picturesque web of small peaceful 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, sometimes surrounded by hidde..

  • 12 Small Metropolitan Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Pl. Métropoléos GR - 10556 Athína

    The Small Metropole is a charming 12C Byzantine church. In the external walls, the oldest decorative elements have been re-used: between the two Corinthian capitals, marking the corners of the façade, runs an ancient frieze (4C B.C.), representing th..

  • 13 Temple to Olympian Zeus Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Av. Amalias GR - 10557 Athína

    Once one of the largest temples in the Greek world. In 6C B.C., the sons of Pisistrates wished to raise a huge temple, but their downfall interrupted the work, only to be restarted in the 2C B.C. The temple was only completed in 132 A.D., under Emper..

  • 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

    Located in a distinctive 19C residence, this museum houses the collection of Antoine Benáki (1873-1954). Thanks to his generosity, the museum was significantly expanded and organised along chronological lines from the prehistoric to the present day, ..

  • 16 Byzantine Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    22 av. Vasillissis-Sofias GR - 10675 Athína

    An inspired museum laid out along modern didactic lines, covering the period from late Antiquity and the birth of Christian art, to the fall of Byzanium by which time churches adhered to rigid architectural conventions. Exhibits include reconstructio..

  • 17 Museum of Cycladic Art Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    4 r. Neophytou-Doukas GR - 10674 Athína

    The core of this museum illustrating the development of Greek art over a period of 3 000 years is the outstanding private collection of N-P Goulandris. You will find around 350 objects evoking Cycladic civilisation and a magnificent collection of mar..

  • 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 Agora Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    GR - 11521 Athína

    Covering around 2.5ha, the agora, today a somewhat confusing jumble of ruins, was an esplanade traversed diagonally by the Panathenaic Way, near to which stood the Altar of the Twelve Olympian Gods. The esplanade was surrounded by administrative buil..

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