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Prison of Socrates

Thissio / Makriyanni
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Address: 100 metres from the southwestern edge of the Agora, Athens, Greece
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Actually 'Prison of Socrates'

There is no evidence that the famous philosopher was actually imprisoned here, nor that this set of small rooms hewn in to the rocks at the foot of Philopappas Hill even was a... read more

Reviewed 7 April 2017
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 357 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If climbing Philliappos Hill not far from the Aropolis, signs along the walking path will lead one to this set of man-made caves. Their name suggests that the great Greek classical philsopher Socrates spent some time in them as a guest of the state although there's no strong evidence for this claim. What's perhaps more credible is that treasured exhibits... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 April 2017

There is no evidence that the famous philosopher was actually imprisoned here, nor that this set of small rooms hewn in to the rocks at the foot of Philopappas Hill even was a prison but it's worth a quick look if you're heading up to Philopappas Hill - if only to speculate what this might have been. It's signposted from... More 

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Fontainebleau, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

The cave that is supposed to be Socrates's prison is quite average, but the hill and the park where the prison is, has a great view on the Acropolis and Athens in general! Worthy to walk around the sunset/early evening, and watch all the historical buildings lighted. Getting to the top is about 25 min walking. Socrates prison is a... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2017

Didn't really know what we were looking at. we know the story of the imprissoment of Socrates, but this place was a bit of a disappointment

Thank Annemarie S
Rishon Lezion, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2016

Not much to see, we were there because we had time and were looking for special things (like the ones in Pnyx).

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 23 November 2016

It isn't much and there is some debate about the function as Socrates was most likely imprisoned in the Agora. Anyway, it is a marked stop on the way up to the top of Filopappou Hill (this climb is absolutely worth it for the views o the Acropolis and you can see the sea). If you see the "Prison of... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

I enjoyed the walk around the hill but we came specifically to see this. Glad we did as the walk all around this area is lovely with plenty of hidden areas of interest.

Thank juleswill1
Miri, Malaysia
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Reviewed 18 November 2016

I found this place while wandering around the foothill of Acropolis. There is no doubt that it is an important site but there is nothing much to see. There is a description board should you like to read. If you happen to visit around there, a quick stop is worthwhile.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

I found there was hardly anybody near it. A nice surprise to find on your walk, but I wouldn't head there especially for this spot

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016

its a hole in the ground but it is easy to see and it is in a location that isnt far from other sites so its not bad to just go and see it but i have seen better tombs crypts and cells so this doesn't make my list of top 10 holes in the ground

Thank Justin C

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Thissio / Makriyanni
Named after the well-preserved Thission (ancient temple of Hephaestus), Thissio is blessed with a small wooded park and some less frenetic streets that offer numerous quieter places to stay and eat. Largely pedestrianised Apostolou Pavlou Street runs between the Acropolis and forested Filopappou Hill, well worth climbing for more great panoramas, until it merges with Dionysiou Areopagitou Street. This leads to the up-and-coming area of Makriyanni, whose centrepiece is the magnificent new Acropolis Museum. Opposite the museum is the entrance to the southern slopes of the Acropolis, while the eponymous metro station nearby is at the top of Makriyanni Street, another strip of touristic cafés and restaurants.
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