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Walking in Ancient Athens - on your own

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This guide is for those who do not like to travel in organized groups or by the excursions of travel agents on site. Traveling is a private enterprise for me, and to plan and execute my own route is a main part of a successful trip. Fortunately there is always enough time to see every sight if you travel on your own. My hobbies are ancient history, art, archeology and architecture, and this guide is all about the Athens ancient heritage. So walk on your own without hurry through Ancient Athens and enjoy the most splendid architectural jewels of city, as well as artefacts in city museums.

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  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker

29 Places

4 City Tips

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29 Places

Acropolis

Ancient Ruins

Propylaea

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Temple of Athena Nike

Ancient Ruins, Monuments & Statues

Parthenon

Ancient Ruins, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Erechtheion

Ancient Ruins, Monuments & Statues

Theater of Dionysus

Ancient Ruins

Herod Atticus Odeon

Historic Sites, Theatres

Acropolis Museum

Speciality Museums

Areopagus

Historic Sites, Geologic Formations

Panathenaic Way

Historic Walking Areas

Ancient Agora of Athens

Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Stoa of Attalos

Historic Sites

Museum of the Ancient Agora

History Museums

Metroon

Sacred & Religious Sites, Libraries

Bouleterion

Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Garden of Iroon

Gardens

Temple of Hephaestus

Ancient Ruins, Sacred & Religious Sites

Roman Agora

Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins

Hadrian's Library

Historic Sites

Monument of Lysikrates

Ancient Ruins

Diogenes

Restaurants

Arch of Hadrian (Pili tou Adrianou)

Monuments & Statues

Temple of Olympian Zeus

Ancient Ruins, Monuments & Statues

National Archaeological Museum

Art Museums, History Museums

Museum of Cycladic Art

Art Museums

Mount Lycabettus

Lookouts

Archaeological Site and Museum of Eleusis

History Museums

Amphiaraion Archaeological Site

Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites

Temple of Poseidon

Ancient Ruins

Superkatt's City Tips

  • Stay at a hotel in Plaka area, it will shorten your way to/from the Ancient Centre of Athens and there is a large choice of restaurants for lunch and dinner.
  • Using underground is easy in Athens and can spare time if travelling to more distant locations as for example from centre to National Archeological Museum.
  • The combined ticket costs 12 Euro and is valid for 3 days for the most of archeological sites of Athens, except the Acropolis Museum and National Archeological Museum.
  • All Attractions usually open at 8 or 9 AM, be certain to use those early hours to visit the most tourist-crowded sites - you can get a different, better experience.
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    Acropolis
    Ancient Ruins
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    Superkatt Says:

    There are two entrances to the Sacred Rock of Acropolis, the main, on the half-way to the top of the hill on south-west side, where all the tourist buses and taxis load and unload thousands of tourists, and another one on the south-east side. I should say that an all-inclusive path through the monuments of Acropolis is to start at the second entrance nearby the Acropolis Museum, to the south-east of Acropolis hill, to take a look at the monuments of both South-east and south-west slopes, and then to proceed further up to the Beule Gate and Propylea, the entrance to the Acropolis itself. That way is more quiet with less tourist crowds, and one can enjoy the walk in green areas, of course that´s if you have enough time for a visit, maybe 3 hours or so. The higher part of the Acropolis can be reached through the Propylea, monuments to not-miss are Erechteion, Parthenon, Temple of Athena Nike, Brauronion - remains of the Temple of Arthemis, Temple of Rome and Augustus, Pedestal of Agrippa, remains of Chalcoteke and of Old Temple of Athena. Text above is a copy of my review published earlier on TripAdvisor. Follow the link to see an original review and photos attached: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g189400-d198706-r164792338-Acropolis_Akropolis-Athens_Attica.html#

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • It is usually A LOT of tourists climbing over the whole area, surface is uneven and good practical shoes are to prefer.
    • It can be very hot on the way to and up on the Acropolis, so a water bottle and sun-hat will help to enjoy the tour.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 347 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Get there early to take pictures and reflect on ancient times - the centre of civilisation! 26/09/2018
    • Ancient wonder well worth your time 26/09/2018
    • Acropolis
    Phone:
    +30 21 0321 4172
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
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    Propylaea
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Superkatt Says:

    When entering the Acropolis, every visitor passes Propylon, or Propylaea - the monumental entrance, which combines a wide stairway and two colonnaded halls on the sides with roofed corridor inbetween. Those halls were richly decorated and served as meeting halls for visitors. Not much remains of the decorations, besides elegant white marble columns in Ionic style and stairways proper. Stairs are renovated, and a corridor between two wings where all visitors pass is now covered with wooden path for protection. It looks not authentic, but is understandable given herds of tourists trod and stumble here. Text above is a copy of my review published earlier on TripAdvisor. Follow the link to see an original review and photos attached: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g189400-d6988081-r258200721-Propylaea-Athens_Attica.html#

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Many steps to climb on the sunny side, do not forget a hat and a bottle of water!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #52 of 347 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Impressive 23/08/2018
    • A unique gate 18/06/2018
    • Propylaea
    Address:
    Acropolis
    Athens 105 58
    Greece
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    Temple of Athena Nike
    Ancient Ruins, Monuments & Statues
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    Superkatt Says:

    The small beautiful Temple of Apteros Nike, or Wingless Nike, stands on the right side of Propylea at the entrance to Acropolis, on top of the Mycenaean bastion.Temple was dedicated to Athena Nike (Victory), and cult statue had no wings, as Nike usually has, because the people of Athens wished her not to leave/fly away from their polis. Text above is a copy of my review published earlier on TripAdvisor. Follow the link to see an original review and photos attached: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g189400-d246659-r164782924-Tempio_di_Athena_Nike-Athens_Attica.html#

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 347 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Home of the Caryatids 12/09/2018
    • Stunning! 02/09/2018
    • Temple of Athena Nike
    Phone:
    +30 21 0321 0219
    Other:
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    Parthenon
    Ancient Ruins, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Superkatt Says:

    Temple of Athena Parthenos is surely the most known building of Ancient Athens, it is a Doric temple dedicated to city´s patron goddess Athena. Building is currently (from 1975 and until to-day) under restoration and conservation, so it is practically not possible to get any picture of Temple without a lots of construction materials and crans and other metal stuff laying and standind and hanging around it. Text above is a copy of my review published earlier on TripAdvisor. Follow the link to see an original review and photos attached: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g189400-d198711-r164793962-Parthenon-Athens_Attica.html#

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • The surface is uneven and good practical shoes are to prefer.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 347 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fascinating views from the Acropolis 26/09/2018
    • Well worth the climb 26/09/2018
    • Parthenon
    Address:
    Acropolis
    Top of Dionyssiou Areopagitou
    Athens 105 58
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 0321 4172
    Other:
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    Erechtheion
    Ancient Ruins, Monuments & Statues
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    Superkatt Says:

    Erechteion is an elegant smaller Temple on the north side of the sacred rock, it was built to replace an older Temple of Athena Polias. The eastern part of building dedicated to Athena Polias (patron-guardian of the city) and western - to the Poseidon-Erechtheus, besides that the Temple is connected with a lot of other historical, mythological and legendary subjects. The famous six statues of Karyatides by Alkamemes or Kallimachos from the porch of this Temple represents young women from Karyes of Lakonia who danced in honour of the goddess Arthemis. Five of the original statues are on display at the Acropolis Museum, and one - in the British Museum, statues on the building are casts. Text above is a copy of my review published earlier on TripAdvisor. Follow the link to see an original review and photos attached: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g189400-d246656-r164797621-Erechtheion-Athens_Attica.html# .

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 347 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Sideshow when visiting Parthenon 24/09/2018
    • Part of the Acropolis 13/09/2018
    • Erechtheion
    Phone:
    +30 21 0321 4172
    Other:
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    Theater of Dionysus
    Ancient Ruins
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    Superkatt Says:

    Theatre of Dionysus is big theatre on the south-east slope of Acropolis of Athens. It was used during the Dionysus Eleuthereus festivals, and is not very well-preserved. It is often bypassed by tourists because of "more interesting" well-known nearby structures of Acropolis. Text above is a copy of my review published earlier on TripAdvisor. Follow the link to see an original review and photos attached: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g189400-d241083-r164781295-Theater_of_Dionysos_Theatro_Dionyssou-Athens_Attica.html#

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Nearest entrance to this site is nearby Acropolis museum.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #43 of 347 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Ancient Corporate Seating? 12/09/2018
    • Interesting if you have a few minutes 10/09/2018
    • Theater of Dionysus
    Address:
    Mitseon 25
    Athens 105 58
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 0322 4625
    Other:
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    Herod Atticus Odeon
    Historic Sites, Theatres
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    Superkatt Says:

    Odeon of Herodes Atticus is stone theatre on the south-west slope of Acropolis of Athens. It was built in 161 AD, and is rather well-preserved, but is often bypassed by tourists because of "more interesting" well-known nearby structures of Acropolis. Text above is a copy of my review published earlier on TripAdvisor. Follow the link to see an original review and photos attached: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g189400-d242840-r164780445-Odeum_of_Herodes_Atticus_Odeion_Irodion-Athens_Attica.html#

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 347 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice theatre to look at 25/09/2018
    • Opera at the foot of the Akropolis 25/09/2018
    • Herod Atticus Odeon
    Address:
    Dionissiou Areopagitou
    Athens
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 0324 1807
    Other:
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    Acropolis Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Superkatt Says:

    Large, well-disposed, airconditioned, modern, place to get away from the bustling city of Athens and lots of tourists and the heat of the archeological sites. The museum houses artefacts found on the Acropolis of Athens through the ages. There are frieses of Parthenon to be seen, both the original pieces which were left behind in Greece by lord Elgin and clay casts of those from British Museum, room 18, as well as the original Caryatides from the Erechteion, and many other pieces. It is closed on mondays. There is a large, comfortable restaurant inside on the second floor, partly Indoors and partly outdoors, with tasty food, cool water and nice service. There are also rest-rooms and cloak-room available. In other words, the place where you can also take a rest besides watching art pieces. Text above is a copy of my review published earlier on TripAdvisor. Follow the link to see an original review and photos attached: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g189400-d735521-r164069685-The_Acropolis_Museum-Athens_Attica.html#

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Museum is situated in front of the secondary entrance to Acroplolis, which is a more pleasant and quiet alternative to the main entrance.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 347 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice modern museum and grecophile's dream 26/09/2018
    • Amazing for only 5 Euro! 26/09/2018
    • Acropolis Museum
    Address:
    Dionysiou Areopagitou 15
    Athens 117 42
    Greece
    Phone:
    +91 88002 37808
    Other:
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    Areopagus
    Historic Sites, Geologic Formations
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    Superkatt Says:

    Areos pagos, Ares hill or Mars Hill for Romans, is easy to find, right beneath the Acropolis of Athens. The walk to the summit is pleasant, bur rocks you climbing at are rather slippery, so good walking shoes are to prefer. there is no particular archaeological remains on the site, but views to Acropolis and towards Athen city are among the best. Do visit this site if you have time, for me it was more pleasant walk than on Acropolis, less people and closer to nature. Text above is a copy of my review published earlier on TripAdvisor. Follow the link to see an original review and photos attached: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g189400-d1064131-r258212437-Areopagus-Athens_Attica.html#

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 347 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Easy walk but slipery 12/09/2018
    • Great site no admission 12/09/2018
    • Areopagus
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    Panathenaic Way
    Historic Walking Areas
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    Superkatt Says:

    The Panathenaic Way, a bit of which we can still follow on the Ancient Agora of Athens, used to connect the Agora and the Acropolis. It was a way used for procession of the Panathenaia festival, proceeding from the lower city to the Temple and Altar of Athena at the Acropolis. Text above is a copy of my review published earlier on TripAdvisor. Follow the link to see an original review and photos attached: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g189400-d198760-r164170582-Panathenaic_Way-Athens_Attica.html#

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • The combined ticket costs 12 Euro and is valid for 3 days for the most of archeological sites of Athens, except the Acropolis Museum and National Archeological Museum.
    • Connecting Acropolis and Agora, the same entrance as to the Ancient Agora of Athens.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #137 of 347 things to do in Athens
    • Walk through history 30/07/2018
    • Super! 20/06/2018
    • Panathenaic Way
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    Ancient Agora of Athens
    Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Superkatt Says:

    The Ancient Agora is a pleasant calm and green spot in the centre of otherwise tourist-thronged Athens. Most interesting monuments can be seen on the site, such as best preserved Temple of Hephaistos, remains of temples of Ares, Zeus, Apollo, the Metroon, the Bouleterion, the Altar of Twelve Gods, and many others. The main road through Agora is the Panathenaic Way, the processional road used to connect Agora and Acropolis. Also on the site, inside of the restored Stoa of Attalos there is a Museum of Ancient Agora, with exibits from the site. Text above is a copy of my review published earlier on TripAdvisor. Follow the link to see an original review and photos attached: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g189400-d198709-r164168846-Agora-Athens_Attica.html#

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Tickets can be bought at the entrance, most convinient combined ticket is valid for 3 days for the most of archeological sites of Athens.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 347 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Ruins of interest! 25/09/2018
    • Not a big effect 22/09/2018
    • Ancient Agora of Athens
    Address:
    24 Adrianou
    Adrianou 24
    Athens 105 55
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 0321 0185
    Other:
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    Stoa of Attalos
    Historic Sites
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    Superkatt Says:

    The Stoa of Ancient Agora was built of Attalos of Pergamon in ca 160 BC, now is fully restored and houses a large and modern museum with artefacts from the site of Ancient Agora. Very pleasant place if you have time to enjoy it! Text above is a copy of my review published earlier on TripAdvisor. Follow the link to see an original review and photos attached: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g189400-d198754-r164165977-Stoa_of_Attalos-Athens_Attica.html#

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #45 of 347 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Reconstruction but still pretty 22/09/2018
    • Built in 159BC - Now a Museum 08/09/2018
    • Stoa of Attalos
    Address:
    Adrianou St. 24
    Athens
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 0321 0185
    Other:
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    Museum of the Ancient Agora
    History Museums
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    Superkatt Says:

    The Museum of the Ancient Agora of Athens is placed in an impressive building of restored Stoa of Attalos. Museum displays a large collection offacts from the site of Ancient Agora and exhibition of items connected to Athenian democracy. This museum you can enjoy undisturbed by others, as it is not many tourist groups who find their way to this place. Text above is a copy of my review published earlier on TripAdvisor. Follow the link to see an original review and photos attached: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g189400-d3672094-r164072218-Museum_of_the_Ancient_Agora-Athens_Attica.html#

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The same ticket as for Ancient Agora.
    • WC is available on the site.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #41 of 347 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Shady interlude 19/09/2018
    • Great on-site museum worth a walk through 02/09/2018
    • Museum of the Ancient Agora
    Address:
    24 Adrianou
    Athens 105 55
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 0321 0185
    Other:
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    Metroon
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Libraries
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    Superkatt Says:

    Remains of Temple of Meter, Mother of the Gods, or Metroon can be seen on Ancient Agora of Athens, near the building of Bouleterion. Metroon was built appr. 450 BC, and combined function of Temple to goddess Meter and State Archive for different records, weights and measures. The gold and ivory seated statue of goddess stood in the first room of the Temple in times of Pausanias, possible a work of Pheidias or his school. There is not much left of he building, but anyway interesting to take a look at it when walking on the shaded gardens of the Agora. Text above is a copy of my review published earlier on TripAdvisor. Follow the link to see an original review and photos attached: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g189400-d198755-r258185680-Metroon-Athens_Attica.html#

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #203 of 347 things to do in Athens
    • Agora 12/08/2017
    • Ruins.. 21/07/2016
    Phone:
    +30 21 0321 0185
    Other:
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    Bouleterion
    Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
    Superkatt Says:

    Walking in Ancient Agora of Athens, it is possible to see picturesque ruins of Old and New Bouleterion. They can be found right beneath the hill where the temple of Hefaistos is standing. Bouleterion was a building for daily meetings of Athenian Senate, Old one was built appr. 500 BC and was a large rectangular building with rows of stone seats. New Bouleterion was built ca 100 years later and was little smaller, with no stone seats, maybe they had a wooden furniture, and the old building became an archive. There are just a sparse remains of both buildings, but anyway it is possible to imagine the whole picture using your imagination, enjoying a quiet and relaxing walk on the Ancient Agora. Text above is a copy of my review published earlier on TripAdvisor. Follow the link to see an original review and photos attached: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g189400-d198756-r258183627-Bouleterion-Athens_Attica.html#

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #180 of 347 things to do in Athens
    • Bouleterion/ Athens 07/01/2018
    • Site of Senate building 10/12/2017
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    Garden of Iroon
    Gardens
    Superkatt Says:

    The monument to Legendary Heroes - Heroon is situated on the Ancient Agora, in front of Metroon, in nice green surroundings, with a shade even in a hot summer day. There is very little that remains of it, just a rectangular base, but with little imagination it is possible to see the whole picture with ten statues of legendary Athenian heroes standing besides each other. Those heroes gave names to ten ancient Athenian tribes. The statues of different contemporary heroes and celebrities were in times added and removed from this monument. Text above is a copy of my review published earlier on TripAdvisor. Follow the link to see an original review and photos attached: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g189400-d7082491-r258196098-Garden_of_Iroon-Athens_Attica.html#

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #211 of 347 things to do in Athens
    • Part of the agora 22/07/2016
    • Historic Ruins 21/07/2016
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    Temple of Hephaestus
    Ancient Ruins, Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Superkatt Says:

    The Temple of Hefaistos is the best-preserved Ancient temple in Athens, and is sometimes called Theseion due to the reliefs on the friese depicting the tasks of Athenian Hero Theseus. The area of city and the underground station nearby are called Theseion as well. The good state of preservation is due to use of this building through the times as a Church and as an Archeological Museum until 1930s. Really nice walk through the Ancient Agora leading you to the stairs in the rock leading up to the Temple, the area is well-maintained, there are benches in the shade, calm and quiet, and views to the Acropolis rock are fantastic. Very good place to take a rest and maybe have a picknic.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Some stairs to climb here, but not many, so be prepared.
    • Nowhere to buy water on the site of Ancient Agora.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 347 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Visit this when visiting Hadrians Arch 24/09/2018
    • Well preserved 24/09/2018
    • Temple of Hephaestus
    Address:
    24 Adrianou St.
    Ancient Agora of Athens
    Athens 105 55
    Greece
    Other:
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    Roman Agora
    Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins
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    Superkatt Says:

    The roman Agora of Ancient Athens was built in times of Caesar and Octavianus, to expand the area of market and replace the older Ancient Agora as the main market-square of the city. The site is not very large and can be seen in some half-an-hour. Text above is a copy of my review published earlier on TripAdvisor. Follow the link to see an original review and photos.attached: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g189400-d242841-r164303182-Roman_Agora_Forum-Athens_Attica.html#

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • The same combined ticket as for Ancient Agora and Acropolis is valid for this site.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #81 of 347 things to do in Athens
    • Interesting ruins with no crowds 21/09/2018
    • Quick visit and not to be missed 20/09/2018
    • Roman Agora
    Address:
    Polignotou 3
    Athens 105 55
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 0324 5220
    Other:
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    Hadrian's Library
    Historic Sites
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    Superkatt Says:

    On the site of Roman Forum there are ruins of Library built in 132 AD by emperor Hadrianus. Building was rather big, some 100 by 80 meters, with Propylon of Corinthian columns, colonnaded inner yard with a decorative pool, and rooms for storage of books/paryrus-rolls, rooms for lectures, and rooms for reading. Unfortunately not much of it remaining, just a wall and a few columns, so you need your imagination to see the big picture. Text above is a copy of my review published earlier on TripAdvisor. Follow the link to see an original review and photos attached:http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g189400-d6739897-r258056902-Hadrian_s_Library-Athens_Attica.html#

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #115 of 347 things to do in Athens
    • Nice but underwhelming 21/09/2018
    • Knowledge shared 18/09/2018
    • Hadrian's Library
    Address:
    Areos 3
    Athens 105 55
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 0324 9350
    Other:
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    Monument of Lysikrates
    Ancient Ruins
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    Superkatt Says:

    Lysikrates monument can be found in Plaka region, on the way from Acropolis museum to the Temple of Zeus, right beneath the Acropolis rock. This monument was erected on the processional way from the city´s Agora to the Theatre of Dionysos, and commemorates the victory of the owner, choragus Lysikrates in the chorus song contest of the Theatre. Not very large, this monument is an early example of building of Corinthian order in Athens.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Free admission to this site.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #108 of 347 things to do in Athens
    • "Surprise" 08/09/2018
    • Lysikrates 30/07/2018
    • Monument of Lysikrates
    Address:
    Lysikratous Square
    Plaka
    Athens 999-20
    Greece
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    Diogenes
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, Greek)
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    Superkatt Says:

    Taverna Diogenes lies right besides the Monument of Lysikrates, surrounded by a nice flowering little garden, beneath the Acropolis and on the way from Acropolis to the Temple of Zeus and Arch of Hadrian. We have been eating twice here during our visits to Athens, and we going to visit it again next time. Indoor and outdoor seating, food is good. Waiting time not too long, surroundings nice and clean. Nice to rest and dine in the shadow of an ancient monument. Text above is a copy of my review published earlier on TripAdvisor. Follow the link to see an original review and photos attached: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g189400-d1880932-r164774494-Diogenes-Athens_Attica.html#

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1,123 of 2,287 restaurants in Athens
    • Good 24/09/2018
    • Lovely setting, great food 23/09/2018
    • Diogenes
    Address:
    Lysikratous Square & Shelley
    Athens 370 01
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 0322 4845
    Other:
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    Arch of Hadrian (Pili tou Adrianou)
    Monuments & Statues
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    Superkatt Says:

    Thie arch, or Gate of Hadrian, is standing free on the way from Acropolis to the Temple of Olympean Zeus and is free of charge for seeing, which is rare. It was built by Emperor Hadrian and according to its inscriptions marked the boundary between "The Athens of Theseus" and the newer part of the city, "Athens of Hadrian". Nearby ithe Arch is the entrance to the archeological area of the Temple of Olympean Zeus, Olympieion. Text above is a copy of my review published earlier on TripAdvisor. Follow the link to see an original review and photos attached: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g189400-d242820-r164310358-Hadrian_s_Arch_Pili_tou_Adrianou-Athens_Attica.html#

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Free admission.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #75 of 347 things to do in Athens
    • Something to take a picture of 23/09/2018
    • Good sight to view 23/09/2018
    • Arch of Hadrian (Pili tou Adrianou)
    Address:
    Leoforos Amalias
    Athens
    Greece
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    Temple of Olympian Zeus
    Ancient Ruins, Monuments & Statues
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    Superkatt Says:

    Partly ruined remains of colossal Temple of Olympian Zeus is situated some 10-15 minutes easy walking distance from Acropolis Museum and the secondary entrance to Acropolis. The archeological site has an own entrance, some 100 meters behind the Arch/Gate of Hadrian. There is no other monuments on the site besides the remains of walls and gates and roman baths. The Temples of Apollo Delphinios, Sanctuary of Panhellenios Zeus and Temple of Kronos and Rhea which are situated nearby down the hill, are not open to the public. Text above is a copy of my review published earlier on TripAdvisor. Follow the link to see an original review and photos attached: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g189400-d242844-r164410624-Temple_of_Olympian_Zeus-Athens_Attica.html#

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • There is a combined ticket for the most of archeological sites of Athens, valid for 3 Days and costs 12 Euro.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #47 of 347 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Temple to visit 25/09/2018
    • Those columns though! 24/09/2018
    • Temple of Olympian Zeus
    Address:
    Leoforos Vasilissis Olgas
    Leoforos Amalias
    Athens 105 57
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 698 363 2499
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    National Archaeological Museum
    Art Museums, History Museums
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    Superkatt Says:

    The museum holds the best artefacts from all over Greece and ancient greek world, except the excibits from Minoan Crete, which are to be seen in Heraklion (Iraklio) Museum, Crete. Do not miss Cycladic collection, artefacts from Mycenae and Tyrins, frescoes from Santorini, bronze statue of Poseidon, as well as many other pieces. I made three visits to this museum during last 10 years, and unfortunately parts of exposition as Egyptian Collection were still closed. May be it is only due to my bad luck, but anyway - very disappointing, and there is no way of knowing which part is closed to plan a next visit. Text above is a copy of my review published earlier on TripAdvisor. Follow the link to see an original review and photos attached: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g189400-d198713-r164164866-National_Archaeological_Museum_Ethniko_Archaiologiko_Museo-Athens_Attica.html#

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Ticket costs 7 Euro.
    • Open all weekdays, but different hours.
    • Good cafe on the ground level.
    • Easy to reach by underground.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 347 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Overwhelming! 26/09/2018
    • Well organized collections 24/09/2018
    • National Archaeological Museum
    Address:
    Patision 44
    Athens 106 82
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 3214 4800
    Hours:
    Mon
    1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Tue - Thu
    8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Fri
    9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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    Museum of Cycladic Art
    Art Museums
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    Superkatt Says:

    The museum was opened 1986, the Collections include pieces from 4th millenium BC to 6 th century AD. It can be reached easy by taxi or by a walk along the busy city avenue if you prefer that. On the first floor is Cycladic Collection housed with its world-known pieces The Cup-Bearer and The Stargazer. On the second floor is viewed the Ancient Greek art, and on the third floor you can see the Cypriot Collection. Fourth floor presents scenes of Daily Life in antiquity. There is a convenient fast elevator inside the building, rest-rooms as well as the nice elegant cafeteria with some food/drinks available. Text above is a copy of my review published earlier on TripAdvisor. Follow the link to see an original review and photos attached: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g189400-d198712-r164067143-Museum_of_Cycladic_Art-Athens_Attica.html#

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Ticket costs 7 Euro and can be bought at the entrance.
    • Opening times are 10 to 17 mostly, sunday from 11, thursday to 20, and tuesday closed.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 347 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A small museum well worth a visit 24/09/2018
    • Most interesting museum in Athens 21/09/2018
    • Museum of Cycladic Art
    Address:
    4 Douka Neofitou
    Athens 106 74
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 0722 8321
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    Mount Lycabettus
    Lookouts
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    Superkatt Says:

    Top of Lycabettos hill can be reached by funicular railcabin or by climbing a lots of steps. On the summit there is a viewpoint providing most amasing views over whole city of Athens in all directions. Regardless of weather, it is a best place for taking a panoramic photo. In the direction towards the sea it is possible to see clearly harbour of Piraeus and Salamis Island. There is a small Church on the top of this hill, and beneath it is an open Theatre situated. If you going down by stairs, you passing through wery pleasant and green park area. Text above is a copy of my review published earlier on TripAdvisor. Follow the link to see an original review and photos attached: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g189400-d245989-r258215445-Mt_Lycabettus_Likavitos-Athens_Attica.html#

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 347 things to do in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Mesmerizing View 24/09/2018
    • Beautiful sunset 24/09/2018
    • Mount Lycabettus
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    Archaeological Site and Museum of Eleusis
    History Museums
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    Superkatt Says:

    The Archeological Park of Eleusina, is placed now in the middle of modern settlement.There is the same ticket to the both Archeological site and Archeological Museum, which is situated on the site. Tickets are available at the entrance to the site, nearby there is a car park and the toilet facilities. Notable in the area is the remains of the very large temple called Telesterion, remains of the Small and Large Propylees, Plutonium Temple, and Temple of Arthemis and father Poseidon, as well as remains of many structures built on top of each other during the times. It is a good idea to bring with you a tourist guide with a map of site, because it is huge and a lot of detais can be easily missed without a map and description. Museum collection is rather large and contains interesting finds and details from area and different times and epochs. Among the museum artefacts the small statuette of Poseidon, Athena, Cybele and others. Text above is a copy of my review published earlier on TripAdvisor. Follow the link to see an original review and photos attached: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g189400-d241085-r163851932-Eleusis-Athens_Attica.html#

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • The site can be reached by car, some 45-50 minutes from Athens.
    • Tickets are available on the site.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Elefsina
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The Most Sacred Place of Ancient Greece 17/09/2018
    • Quiet but well displayed ruins 07/09/2018
    • Archaeological Site and Museum of Eleusis
    Address:
    Eleusis Archaeological Site
    Elefsina
    Elefsina 192 00
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 0554 6019
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    Amphiaraion Archaeological Site
    Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
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    Superkatt Says:

    The Amphiareion of Oropos is situated about 40 kilometers from Athens on an elevation about 150 meters, in a small ravine in the middle of the pine-woods and near the sacred spring. In Antiquity the sacred area contained a Sanctuary, Oracle and healing centre. As well as the Temple of a hero Amphiaraios, there can be seen a theatre, a stoa, a guest-houses for visitors seeking healing and consultations of oracle, and well-preserved water-clock klepsydra. The perfect place to take a break, listen to the birds and to heal. Text above is a copy of my review published earlier on TripAdvisor. Follow the link to see an original review and photos attached: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g189400-d241081-r162639869-Amphiaraion_Archaeological_Site-Athens_Attica.html#

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The entrance to the site is free, but gate opens at 8 AM and closes for night
    • The site can be reached by car, some 45-50 minutes from Athens.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Oropos
    • Must see 16/08/2018
    • Beautiful setting for an ancient healing sancturary 07/08/2018
    • Amphiaraion Archaeological Site
    Address:
    Kalamos, Agii Apostoli
    Oropos 190 14
    Greece
    Phone:
    30-295-62144
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    Temple of Poseidon
    Ancient Ruins
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    Superkatt Says:

    There are two temples on the Sounio peninsula - Temples of Poseidon and Athena. The Doric temple of Poseidon stands very picturesque on the top of 60 meters high rock above the sea. A flock of wild grouse settled now near the temple and fearlessly welcomes the visitors. There is a car park on the site, as well as a sunset-sight restaurant and a souvenir shop. Tickets can be bought at the entrance, the site is open 8 AM to sunset. The sanctuary and a smaller temple of Athena Sounias is on a lower hill a few hundred meters from there, entrance is free but the gates closes at a sunset. A lot of people coming to the site by tourist buses, by bus from Athens as well as by car. It is difficult to be alone there, especially if weather is fine. Sunsets are spectacular. We have stayed at the hotel Aegeon which lies right beneath the temple-hill and enjoyed the view of the Poseidon Temple from our room/balcony. The Temple is lit at nights and to see it is an unforgettable experience. Text above is a copy of my review published earlier on TripAdvisor. Follow the link to see an original review and photos attached: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g562628-d312283-r163484159-Temple_of_Poseidon_Sounion-Sounio_East_Attica_Region_Attica.html#

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The site can be reached by car, some 60 minutes from Athens.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Sounio
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The best sunset in Greece 24/09/2018
    • Superb 24/09/2018
    • Temple of Poseidon
    Address:
    Leoforos Athinon - Souniou
    Cape Sounio
    Sounio 195 00
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 2292 039363
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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