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  • 1 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..

  • 2 Propylaia Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    GR - 11742 Athína

    This monumental marble entrance of the Acropolis was built by Mnesicles in the 5C B.C. From the 12 to the 15C, it was converted into a palace for the bishops and dukes of Athens. It was only in 1878 that the Frankish Tower, overlooking the right wing..

  • 3 Odeon of Herod Atticus Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    GR - 11742 Athína

    Completed in 161 B.C. this odeon bears the name of a rich Greek administrator of Roman origin who had it built in memory of his wife. In 1826 colonel Baron Fabvier, the famous French Philhellene, was able to find his way, unexpectedly, into the citad..

  • 4 Pláka Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    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..

  • 5 Tower of the Winds Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    GR - 10558 Athína

    The Tower of the Winds, built under Julius Caesar, owes its name to the 8 winged characters, symbolising the dominant winds of Athens, carved on its eight sides. Note Boreus, the cold wind, in the shape of a bearded man preparing to blow into a conch..

  • 6 Lysicrates' Monument Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    GR - 10558 Athína

    Erected in 334 B.C., it is the sole survivor of the Tripodon Street monuments. It was enclosed in the French Capuchin monastery in 1669, where under Turkish domination Christian travellers stayed (Byron, Chateaubriand). Escaping the war of independen..

  • 7 Hadrian's Arch Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    GR - 105 57 Athína

    As is indicated by the inscription of its frieze, Hadrian's gate (from 131 A.D.) separated the Greek town from Hadrian's new Roman town, which extended from the current Avenue Amalias to Illissos, now covered. Not far from the gate, notice the monume..

  • 8 Pandrossou street Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    GR - 10558 Athína

    This narrow street, congested with busy crowds, looks like a souk, lined with canopied stalls at the edges of which vendors call out to the customers. The shelves are crammed with a variety of objects: babouches, tsaroúhia (clogs with bobbles), carpe..

  • 9 Síndagma Square Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Av. Amalias GR - 10563 Athína

    Constitution Place, the centre of tourism and elegance in Athens, is dominated to the east by the old royal palace, built for Othon 1st of Bavaria, which became the parliament in 1935. Below the palace, in front of the monument to the unknown soldier..

  • 10 Panepistimiou Street Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    GR - 10682 Athína

    Grouped together at one end of this street (which takes its name from the university) are luxury hotels, grand terraced cafés, restaurants, confectioners and smart shops. The Schliemann House, an attractive residence known as the "palace of Troy..

  • 11 National Historical Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    R. Stadiou GR - 10561 Athína

    This museum must be seen by all those who are interested in the history of modern Greece, i.e. the period from the fall of Constantinople (1435) to the Second World War. The rooms are devoted to Greece under the Venetian and Ottoman dominations; to t..

  • 12 Central Market Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    GR - 10554 Athína

    The central market of Athens still forms a spectacle with a quite extraordinary oriental ambiance. Note especially the house of meat, the egg-sellers and, close to Sofokleous Street, the goldsmiths and moneychangers equipped with small scales. From t..

  • 13 Keramikós Cemetery Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    148 r. Ermou GR - 118 54 Athína

    The largest cemetery in Athens houses tombs decorated with stelae and statues from the 6C B.C. They attained their greatest splendour in the century of Pericles. Note the tombs of the 4C B.C. erected by rich Athenian families, including a family tomb..

  • 14 National Garden Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    GR - 10671 Athína

    The National Garden is the old garden of Queen Amelia, developed from 1840 by the French gardener Bareaud. You will appreciate its shade and its dense vegetation, its small water features and its banks of flowers, its attractive specimens of palm tre..

  • 15 The Pnyx Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    GR - 11851 Athína

    The Pnyx forms an amphitheatre where the People's Assemblies were held, from the 6 to the 4C B.C. This was a democratic meeting of citizens discussing proposed laws where famous orators such as Themistocles, Pericles and Demosthenes spoke. Highly fre..

  • 16 Hill of the Nymphs Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Av. Apostalou Pavlou GR - 11851 Athína

    The Nympheion, or «hill of the Nymphs», is scattered with remains of dwellings. Its name, which is modern, comes from a dedication engraved on a rock. Also enjoy the lovely views of the Parthenon! The observatory, a neoclassical building crowning the..

  • 17 Acropolis Interpretation Centre Interesting

    Museums and art

    Av. Dionissou Aeropagitou GR - 11742 Athína

    Devoted to preservation, restoration and research, it enables you to understand the history of the rock and its monuments, and appreciate the scale of the work undertaken. The mouldings of the Parthenon friezes and the copies of the Erechteion sculpt..

  • 18 Museum of Greek Folk Art Interesting

    Museums and art

    17 r. Kidathineon GR - 10558 Athína

    This museum lets visitors admire the rich colours and designs of the embroideries of the Dodecanese, Epiros, Crete and Skyros, and the variety of traditional costumes: the robust and sober garb of the nomadic Sarakatsan shepherds, the warm colours of..

  • 19 Jewish Museum of Greece Interesting

    Museums and art

    39 r. Nikis GR - 10557 Athína

    Here you will find maps showing the locations of Jewish communities in the Roman and Byzantine empires, and the routes taken by Jews expelled from the Iberian peninsular; models and watercolours presenting the costumes worn in the Ottoman empire and ..

  • 20 National Gallery and Alexander Soutzos Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    1 r. Michalakopoulou GR - 115 28 Athína

    Admire the famous Angels' Concert by Greco, post-Byzantine Cretan icons (notably from the 17C), neo-Hellenic painting from its origins, Heptanesian paintings (from the Ionian Islands) of the 18C and canvases from the 19C representative of the Munich ..

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