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Athens

A famous crossroads of peoples in the middle of the Mediterranean, the capital of Greece qualifies as the most historic city in Europe in its own right. According to tradition, the first inhabitants settled in Athens between the 16th and 13th century BC. In ancient times the city developed into a major economic and cultural centre of the city-state of Athens. In modern times its growth began in the second half of the 19th century, when it became the capital of the country. A medley of monuments from every historical period – the classical antiquity, the Byzantine period and modern times – give the modern city its own particular character while the ancient fabric stretches around the hill of the Acropolis, the Thesseion, Monastiraki and the charming district of Plaka.

What To See

Archaeological sites, art museums, galleries, art galleries, trendy shops, restaurants, bars and outdoor markets await the visitor of Athens, while dozens of events, happenings, concerts, festivals and museums provide the cultural stigma of the capital, breathing in the shadows a world cultural monument.
The Acropolis & the Parthenon

The symbol of Athens and one of the most famous monuments in the world, the temple of the Parthenon, dominates the rock of the Acropolis. Built in the 5th century BC by the architects and Iktinos and Kallikrates, it is the largest Doric temple ever constructed in Greece from Pentelian marble. In the interior of the temple there was the gold and ivory statue of Athena, a majestic sculpture 12 metres high, the existence of which was known from ancient sources.

Erechtheion

It is a small temple dedicated to Athena (420 BC). The most striking feature is the porch of the Caryatids -six columns that hold the roof of the temple and represent six female figures-. The Caryatids in the temple are copies of the original statues as the original five are in the Acropolis Museum and the sixth is in the British Museum. On the south side of the Propylaea you can see the Temple of Athena Nike, a small temple of Ionic order built on the foundations of a prehistoric temple.

Access: Subway station ‘Acropolis. Opening Hours: daily until 18.00 Tel +30 210 9238175, +30 210 9238724
Admission: Adults: €12, reduced: €6

The Pnyka Hill

On this beautiful hill, which rises gently towards the rock of Acropolis, democracy was born. The Ancient House of Parliament of Athens, known as the “ecclesia”, convened on this rocky summit, to discuss all aspects of public life.

The Ancient Agora of Athens

At the foot of the Acropolis to the north lies the archaeological site of Ancient Agora, the centre of urban life in Ancient Athens. Inside the Agora you can see the Panathinaea street or admire the three gigantic statues next to the ruins of the Odeon of Agripas,a large covered theatre featuring concerts and various cultural events. A little further, on the western edge of the Agora, lies the Temple of Hephaestus, dating from 449BC and it is the best-preserved Doric temple in Greece. Another impressive monument is the reconstructed Stoa of Attalos, the only two-storey archway of Ancient Athens.

Access: underground stops ”Monastiraki” and Theseion”

The Roman Agora

The Roman Agora (1st century B.C) consisted of a large rectangular court surrounded by shops, arched ways and colonades. In the north side you can see the ruins of Hadrien’s library (132 AD) One of the most beautiful monuments of the Roman Agora is the Clock of Andronikos of Kyrrhos nicknamed “The Tower of the Winds” or “Winds” The octagonal building is 12 meters tall, and is made of Pentelian marble. and ov each of its eight sides are carved in relief the figures of the eight winds of mythology.

Address: Areos Street, Monastiraki
Access: Metro station ‘Acropolis’.

The Tower of the Winds

It is a tall, octagonal building east of the Roman Agora. It was designed by a famous astronomer (Andronikos of Kyrrhos) to be an elaborate water clock (on the inside), sundial (on the outside), and weather vane (on the top). The nickname “Tower of the Winds” is derived from the personifications of the 8 winds carved on the 8 sides of the building.

Address: Areos Street, Monastiraki
Access: metro station “Monastiraki”

The Odeon of Herodes Atticus

This impressive Roman theatre lies at the foot of the sacred hill of the Acropolis of Athens,in the northern side, was built in the 2nd century AD. It can accommodate up to 5.000 people and is it is distinguished for its architecture and acoustics. To day it hosts musical and drama events

Access: From Dionyssios Aeropaghitis street.
Access: Subway station ‘Acropolis’.

The Theatre of Dionysus

It is the oldest of the known theatres in the world., where drama and theatrical art flourished. It is here that the four most important poets of the antiquity, Aeschylus, Euripides, Sophocles and Aristophanes presented their work. Today one can see parts of the koilon, columns and the monument of Thassyllus. Access from Dionyssios Aeropaghitis street.

Access: Metro station ‘Acropolis’.

The Kerameikos

It is an oasis of calm, greenery and water within the busy centre of Athens. Admire the burial monuments springing up in the vegetation, the Pompeion, where preparations for the great Panathenaic procession were made, and sit next to the small bed of the ancient river Heridanus which still flows at this point.

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 08:30-15:00
Address: 148, Ermou Street,

Hadrian’s Arch and the temple of Olympian Zeus

Just at the edge of the historical centre of Athens,you will see the archaeological site of Zeus Olympian and the temple dedicated to him. Walk next to the towering columns, relax on the banks of the river Ilissos (part of a river bank which still survives), see the rock spring of Kallirroi and find refuge in the shade of the trees near the picturesque church of Aghia Fotini. Finally admire the grandiose Hadrian ‘s Arch, a present of the Athenians to the Roman Emperor, which served as demarcation line between the old and the new town of Athens

Main Entrance: Amalias Avenue
Access: Metro station ‘Acropolis’.

The New Acropolis Museum

The New Acropolis Museum, the city of Athens pride, welcomes you to a journey of 5200 years even before you enter the premises. Beneath the glass floor, you see part of the ancient neighbourhood that came to light during the construction of the museum. Among the 4000 exhibits many are presented to the public for the first time. The journey culminates in the huge circular glass wing on the top floor, which houses replicas and original pieces of decoration of the Parthenon.

Opening hours: daily 08:00 -20:00 Closed on Mondays
Address: 15, Dionyssiou Aeropagitou
Tel: +30 210 900 0900
Website: www.theacropolismuseum.gr

The National Archaeological Museum

Among the major museums internationally, in the field of ancient art, the Archaeological Museum of Athens construction began in 1866 and was completed in 1889. The collections are representative of all the cultures that flourished in Greece, from prehistory to the end of the Roman Empire.

Opening Hours: Every day 08:00-19:30 (summer time), 08:30-15:00 (winter time), Mon 13:00-19:30
Admission: 7 Euro, reduced 3 Euro and free admission for ages under 18
Address: Tositsa 1 Street. Entrance from Patission 44 street
Tel. +30 210 821 7724
Website: www.namuseum.gr

Byzantine and Christian Museum

This exquisite building complex with beautiful gardens, the elegant wings and the apparent ancient Lyceum of Aristotle, hosts one of the greatest collections of Byzantine art in the world. The 15,000 exhibits are Byzantine icons and sculpture miniature works, dating from the 4th to the 19th century.
Opening Hours: 08:00-19:30 (summer time), 08:30-15:00 (winter time)
Address: 22, Vas. Sofias street Τ +30 210 723 2178, +30 210 7211027 and +30 210 7231570
Admission: €4, reduced prices €2, free admission for students, ages under 18 and disabled people
Access: Metro station ‘Evagelismos’.

The Benaki Museum

The collections include 33,000 exhibits, which record the history of the Greek world from antiquity to the Asia Minor Disaster. The collections of Toys and Childhood, Coptic and Chinese art and the room with paintings by the great Greek painter Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika stand out. The New Building (138 Pireos and Andronikou Street) hosts temporary exhibitions and interesting events.

Opening Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat 09:00-17:00, Thu 09:00-24:00, Sun 09:00-15:00, closed on Tues
General Admission: 6 euro
Address: Vassilisis Sofias Street and Koumbari 1, tel +30 210 367 1000
Access: Metro station Evangelismos
Website: www.benaki.gr

The National Gallery – Museum of Alexander Soutsos

The “Treasury” of Greek artistic creation from the post-Byzantine era to the present day, today hosts more than 15,000 paintings, sculptures, prints and other art creations. Apart from the monumental works of post-Byzantine art, paintings of Domenico Theotocopoulos (El Greco), there are works by artists of the Ionian School, and paintings of 19th and 20th centuries. The also Gallery hosts a small but very important collection of Western art.

Opening Hours: daily 09:00 – 15:00, Closed on Tuesday
Address: King Constantine 50 Street
Tel. +30 210 7235937-8 and +30 210 723 5857
General admission: €6
Access: Metro station Evangelismos
Website: www.nationalgallery.gr

Museum of Cycladic Art

The museum is dedicated to the study and promotion of the ancient civilizations of the Aegean and Cyprus, with special emphasis on Cycladic Art of the 3rd millennium.

Opening Hours: Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat 10:00-17:00, Τhu 10:00-20:00, Sun 11:00-17:00, closed on Tuesday
Address: 4 Neofytou Douka Street,Kolonaki, Stathatos Mansion Vassilissis Sofias st and Herodotou 1
Tel. +30 210 722 8321-3
Website: www.cycladic-m.gr

Panathinaiko Stadium- Kallimarmaron

A marble structure which was originally built in 330 BC to celebrate the Great Panathea festivals. In 1870 it was rebuilt using Pentelic white marble and was the site where the Olympic Games were revived in 1896.

Access from Vassileos Konstantinou street.