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

    Archaeological and historical sites

    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.

  • 2 Athens National Archaeological Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    44 r. Patission

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

  • 3 Lycabettos Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    R. Aristipou

    The Lycabettus, or Wolves' Hill, 278 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: Hymetu..

  • 4 Acropolis Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Av. Dionissiou-Areopagitou

    An enormous stone vessel dominating the plain, the Acropolis, whose name means "upper city", occupies an exceptional site. Its flat summit, nearly 300m by 156m, forms a vast esplanade covering 3ha, looming 115m over the lower city. The firs..

  • 5 Parthenon Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    The Parthenon, a Doric temple, was built in the era of Pericles by Iktinos, under the direction of Phidias. His statue, dedicated to Athena, decorated the sanctuary. In Byzantine times this statue, having been taken to Constantinople, was destroyed d..

  • 6 Erechtheion Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Jewel of the Acropolis and masterpiece of Ionic art (406 BC), the Erechtheion served various cults before becoming a church, a palace, a harem and then a military magazine. The famous Porch of the Kores is named "Porch of the Caryatids" bec..

  • 7 Acropolis Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    15 r. Dionysiou-Aeropagitou

    Constructed using steel, glass and cement, the museum is situated at the foot of the Acropolis and brilliantly showcases the 4 000 artefacts discovered on the site. The glass flooring of the ground floor allows visitors to see the ruins of Ancient At..

  • 8 Kaisariani Monastery Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    The little Kaisariani Monastery, founded in the 11C on the slopes of Mt Hymettus, is a charming spot, with its well-preserved buildings surrounding a garden replete with flowers and birds. Inside the church, dedicated to the Presentation of the Virgi..

  • 9 Hill of the Muses Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    This hill (147m high) was consecrated to the Muses in Ancient times. It is dominated by the Philopappos Monument (AD 114-116), built in memory of a benefactor of Athens. On the way up you will see several troglodytic dwellings, one of which was ident..

  • 10 Theatre of Dionysos Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    R. Dionissou-Aeropagitou

    When visiting the Acropolis, don't miss Dionysus, the most prestigious Antique theatre, where all the masterpieces of the classical repertory were staged. In the 6C BC, a first stage was built in the sacred enclosure dedicated to Dionysus, where the ..

  • 11 Theseion Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    r. Apostalou-Pavlou

    Atop a 65m-high hillock, the Theseion, one of the best-preserved Greek temples, dominates the Agora. It was dedicated to the worship of Athena and her brother, Hephaestus, god of craftsmen and metalworkers - of whom there were many in the neighbourin..

  • 12 Small Metropolitan Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    The Little Mitropolis is a charming 12C Byzantine chapel dedicated to Panagia Gorgoepikoos, the "Virgin Mary, quick to answer prayers", and Agios Eleftherios. The outer walls feature a multitude of reliefs from different eras, ancient and m..

  • 13 Temple to Olympian Zeus Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Av. Vas. Olgas

    This temple, whose ruins stand beyond the Arch of Hadrian, was one of the largest in the Greek world (107m by 41m). It was only completed in AD 132, under the Emperor Hadrian. It was then used as a stone quarry in the Middle Ages. Today very few of t..

  • 14 Kapnikaréa Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    R. Ermou

    In the middle of Odós Ermou, the Church of Kapnikarea (11C-13C) is a real Byzantine gem. Admire its brickwork decorated with friezes and two elegant marble colonnettes.

  • 15 Benáki Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    R. Koumbari

    The Benaki Museum, founded in 1930 by Adonis Benaki (1873-1954) to present his collections, is housed in the family home, as well as other exhibition spaces. Presented in chronological order, starting with prehistoric times, all forms of expression o..

  • 16 Athens' Byzantine Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    22 av. Vasillissis-Sofias

    A fascinating museum laid out along modern didactic lines, which takes us through a millennium of history from late Antiquity to the fall of Byzantium and from the birth of Christian art to more recent times when Byzantine churches adhered to rigid a..

  • 17 Museum of Cycladic Art Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    4 r. Neophitou-Doukas

    The outstanding Museum of Cycladic Art (Goulandris Foundation), created in 1986, is devoted to the Aegean civilisation, in particular the prehistory of the Cyclades. Over one thousand objects on display date from 3000 to 4C BC. Explanations (includin..

  • 18 Kanelopoulos Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    12 r. Theorias

    Kanellopoulos Museum has been set up in Athens in a superb neo-Classical mansion dating from 1884. Created with a view to preserving the treasures bequeathed to the state in 1976 by the collectors Pavlos and Alexandra Kanellopoulos, it houses all man..

  • 19 Panathenaic Stadium, Athens Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Av. Vas.-Konstantinou

    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 Anafiotika Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    On the northeastern side of the Acropolis, the area of Anafiotika, with its small houses, was founded by refugees from Anafi (Cyclades). From here, a wonderful view over the roofs and the old districts unfolds. If you then take Pritaniou Street note ..

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