Athens

Athens

Athens, the capital of Greece today, was one of the most important city states of the ancient world. Civilization flourished here, especially during the "Golden Age of Pericles", and here today one can find the remains of some of the most important monuments of the world. Apart from the one and only Parthenon, one can see several other archaeological sites and museums which display artifacts from different periods of time. But as one can expect, there are so many more things to see in such a big city. Here you will find the most important attractions of Athens.

The Acropolis

The Athenian Acropolis is the supreme expression of the adaptation of architecture to a natural site. This grand composition of perfectly balanced massive structures creates a monumental landscape of unique beauty consisting of a complete…
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Ancient Agora

The Agora was the heart of ancient Athens, the focus of political, commercial, administrative and social activity, the religious and cultural centre, and the seat of justice. The site was occupied without interruption in all…
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Temple of Olympian Zeus

Located in southern Athens, between the Acropolis and the Ilissos river, the Olympeion was the sanctuary of Olympian Zeus. Here stands one of the greatest ancient temples of Zeus and, according to Vitruvius, one of…
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Sounion

The Temple of Poseidon in Sounion Athens: Cape Sounion is found about 70 km to the south-east of Athens, on the southernmost tip of Attica peninsula. According to the myth, this is the site where…
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Kerameikos

The archaeological site of the Kerameikos, between Ermou, Peireos, and Asomaton Streets, is a small part of the ancient Attic Deme of Kerameon, one of the largest demes of ancient Athens, located on the northwest…
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Kallimarmaro Marble Stadium

The Panathenaic Stadium is located on the site of an ancient stadium and for many centuries hosted games in which nude male athletes competed (gymnikoi agones) in track events, athletics championships as we would call…
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Roman Agora

The Roman Agora (Market of Caesar and Augustus) is located on the north side of the Acropolis, and a short distance to the east of the Greek Agora, with which it was connected by a…
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Arch of Triumph

The triumphal arch lies on an ancient street that led from the old city of Athens to the new, Roman section, built by Hadrian. It was constructed by the Athenians in A.D. 131, in honor…
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The New Acropolis Museum

The monuments of the Acropolis have withstood the ravages of past centuries, both of ancient times and those of the Middle Ages. Until the 17th century, foreign travellers visiting the monuments depicted the classical buildings…
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National Archaeological Museum

The National Archaeological Museum is the largest museum in Greece and one of the world's great museums. Although its original purpose was to secure all the finds from the nineteenth century excavations in and around…
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Byzantine and Christian Museum

The Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens is one of the most important public institutions in Greece, established in the early 20th century (1914) in order to collect, study, preserve and exhibit the Byzantine and…
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Benaki Museum

As one of Greece’s leading museum institutions under private law, the Benaki Museum aims at inspiring people to reach for knowledge and reflect on cultural heritage, through its extensive collections that cover several cultural fields…
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Cycladic Art Museum

The well-organised museum was founded with the purpose of housing the "Goulandris" private collection of Cycladic Art. It is one of the leading museums in Athens. Exhibits. On the 1st floor you will find various…
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Islamic Art Museum

The Benaki Museum collection of Islamic art, which includes examples of all its local variations from as far as India, Persia, Mesopotamia, Asia Minor, the Middle East, Arabia, Egypt, North Africa, Sicily and Spain, ranks…
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Jewish Museum

The idea of building a Jewish Museum of Greece was first conceived in the 1970’s by members of the Jewish Community of Athens, who offered every kind of assistance towards the realisation of this dream.…
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Plaka

Plaka is the historic heart of Athens, located to the north of the Acropolis. Next to Plaka are the districts of Monastiraki and Thissio, popular with tourists and Athenians alike. Gentrified during the 1990s and…
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Monastiraki

Monastiraki is a famous district of Athens that extends from the Monastiraki square at the end of Athinas street until Thission, Monastiraki is a large part of the district of Plaka. The old name of…
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National Garden

Behind the Tomb of the Unknown soldier on Amalias street, at the top of Syntagma (Constitution) Square is what my brother calls "Athens greatest treasure". Formerly The Kings Garden, now the National Garden, it is…
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Gazi

Gazi is a neighborhood of Athens, Greece. It surrounds the old Athens gasworks, which is an industrial museum and exhibition space, widely known as Gazi, next to Keramikos and close to the Acropolis. It is…
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Meat and Fish Market

Built by the Municipality of Athens between 1878 and 1886, the Municipal Market on Athinas Street came into being after a devastating fire burned the huts of the old market to the ground in 1884.…
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Lycabettus Hill

Mount Lycabettus, also known as Lycabettos, Lykabettos or Lykavittos, is a Cretaceous limestone hill in Athens, Greece. At 277 meters (908 feet) above sea level, the hill is the highest point in the city that…
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Psiri

Psiri is an up and coming district of Athens, full of stylish cafés, bars and small shops. You can see the Greek youth in crowds walking up and down in the former poor and industrialized…
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Traditional Greek Tavernas

Greek cuisine is a blend of indigenous traditions and foreign influences. Neighboring Italy and Turkey have left a major impact on Greek cuisine, and there are shared dishes with both of these nations. The traditional…
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Royal Palace

The Old Royal Palace is the former royal palace in Athens, Greece. The palace faces onto the Syntagma Square and now houses the Hellenic Parliament. The palace was designed by Friedrich von Gärtner for King…
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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Athens' Tomb of the Unknown Soldier commemorates all those Greek soldiers who died in service of their country over its long history. Among its inscriptions are quotes from Pericles Funeral Oration as written by Thucydides…
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The Athenian Trilogy

The Athenian Trilogy consists of three neoclassical buildings; Academy - University - Library. Athens Academy The Academy of Athens consists of aesthetically distinct parts that form a harmonic ensemble of built mass. A corridor connects…
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Mesogeia Vineyards

A trip to Attica’s wine country makes for the perfect fall excursion. Wine tourism is a great alternative for a getaway in nature that combines learning, gastronomy and total euphoria. During your visit you will…
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