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ACROPOLIS

Start your walk on the large pedestrian street of Dionyssiou Areopagitou, on your rigth, one of the world’s most recognizable monuments and the city’s symbol: the Parthenon temple, dominating the abrupt hill of the Acropolis. Built in the 5th century, it was the largest Doric temple ever constructed in Greece. Its resplendent white marble gleams in the midday sun, gradually taking on a honey coloured hue as the sun sinks low on the horizon, while at night the temple’s imposing image is visible throughout the city, brilliantly illuminated.

ANCIENT AGORA

The Agora was ancient Athens’ meeting place, the focal point of administrative, commercial, political and social life. All roads led to this bustling, crowded forum, hosting Socrates and, later, St Paul. The Agora flourished in the time of Pericles time.

KERAMEIKOS CEMETERY

An oasis of calm, greenery and water within the busy center of Athens. Admire the burial monuments half covered by vegetation, the Pompeion, where preparations for the great Panathenaic procession were made, and sit next to the bed of the ancient river Heridanus, still flowing there.
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 08:30-15:00

ACROPOLIS

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Start your walk on the large pedestrian street of Dionyssiou Areopagitou, on your rigth, one of the world’s most recognizable monuments and the city’s symbol: the Parthenon temple, dominating the abrupt hill of the Acropolis. Built in the 5th century, it was the largest Doric temple ever constructed in Greece. Its resplendent white marble gleams in the midday sun, gradually taking on a honey coloured hue as the sun sinks low on the horizon, while at night the temple’s imposing image is visible throughout the city, brilliantly illuminated.
On the Parthenon’s Western side stands the Erechtheion, immediately recognizable with its much-photographed Caryatids, the statues of six maidens replacing the columns. The new Acropolis Museum, at the foot of the hill houses the huge collection of sculptures and reliefs from the site.
Opening hours: Apr-Nov 08:00-19:30, Dec-Mar 08:30-15:00
Ticket price: 12 euros



Where
Metro station “Acropolis”

ANCIENT AGORA

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The Agora was ancient Athens’ meeting place, the focal point of administrative, commercial, political and social life. All roads led to this bustling, crowded forum, hosting Socrates and, later, St Paul. The Agora flourished in the time of Pericles time. A good place to begin an exploration of the site is the reconstructed Stoa of Attalos, originally built between 159 and 138 BC; its expensive shops a popular stomping ground of moneyed Athenians. It houses the Agora Museum, and the scale model of the Agora, along with a collection of unique finds from the site.
The Temple of Hephaestus, on the western edge of the Agora, dates from 449 BC and is the best-preserved Doric temple in Greece. To the northeast of the temple are the foundations of the Stoa of Zeus Eleftherios, one of Socrates’ pulpits. Near the southern entrance of the market stands the Church of the Holy Apostles, built in the early 11th century to commemorate St Paul’s passage from the city. Marvel at the Byzantine frescoes in its interior.
Opening hours: summer 08:00-19:30, winter 08:00-15:30, Ticket price: 6 euros

Where
Metro stations “Monastiraki” and “Thisseion”

KERAMEIKOS CEMETERY

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An oasis of calm, greenery and water within the busy center of Athens. Admire the burial monuments half covered by vegetation, the Pompeion, where preparations for the great Panathenaic procession were made, and sit next to the bed of the ancient river Heridanus, still flowing there.
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 08:30-15:00


Where
148, Ermou Street
HEROD ATTICUS ODEON

Herod Atticus Odeon: The impressively well preserved theatre dominates the Acropolis’ western slope. Still used today as a theatre and concert venue, the Odeon holds 5,000 spectators. It is famed for its outstanding acoustic, as well as its monumental but appealing architecture.

ROMAN FORUM

The Roman forum is located on the north side of the Acropolis, a short distance to the east of the ancient Agora, with which it was connected by a paved street. An inscription on the architrave of Athena Archegetis’ monumental Gate, informs us that Julius Caesar and Augustus provided the funds for its construction in the 1st century BC.

PANATHINAIKO STADIUM- KALLIMARMARON

A marble structure originally built in 330 BC to celebrate the Great Panathea festivals. Rebuilt in 1870, it was the site of the first modern Olympics, in 1896.

HEROD ATTICUS ODEON

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Herod Atticus Odeon
The impressively well preserved theatre dominates the Acropolis’ western slope. Still used today as a theatre and concert venue, the Odeon holds 5,000 spectators. It is famed for its outstanding acoustic, as well as its monumental but appealing architecture.
Entrance from Dionyssiou Aeropagitou Street

The theatre of Dionysus
The importance of theatre in the Athenian city-state is readily apparent in the enormous dimensions of the Theatre of Dionysus, on the south eastern slope of the Acropolis. Here, plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Aristophanes were staged during the Great Dionysia Festival. The theatre was magnificently reconstructed in stone and marble between 342 and 326 BC. The auditorium could seat 17,000; of an original 64 tiers of seats, about 20 tiers survive. Exquisite 2nd century reliefs at the rear of the stage depict the exploits of Dionysus.
Entrance from Dionyssiou Aeropagitou Street


Where
Access: Metro station “Acropolis”

ROMAN FORUM

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The Roman forum is located on the north side of the Acropolis, a short distance to the east of the ancient Agora, with which it was connected by a paved street. An inscription on the architrave of Athena Archegetis’ monumental Gate, informs us that Julius Caesar and Augustus provided the funds for its construction in the 1st century BC. The Roman forum consists of a large, open-air courtyard surrounded by colonnades on all sides. On the eastern side, stood a row of shops.
The Roman forum became the main market of the city, taking over many of the commercial functions of the Greek Agora, which by Roman times had become something of an archaeological park.
Opening hours: 08:00-17:30
Ticket price: 2 euros


Where
Areos str. Monastiraki. Access: Metro station “Monastiraki”

PANATHINAIKO STADIUM- KALLIMARMARON

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A marble structure originally built in 330 BC to celebrate the Great Panathea festivals. Rebuilt in 1870, it was the site of the first modern Olympics, in 1896.


Where
Enter the monument from Vassileos Konstantinou ave.
TEMPLE OF OLYMPIAN ZEUS

On the edge of historic Athens, gaze at the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the largest such structure in Greece. Its construction begun in the 6th century BC, but was abandoned due to lack of funds. Its completion took more than 700 years. Hadrian’s Arch, made of Pentelic marble, was erected in honour of the eponymous Roman emperor in AD 132. Walk past the towering columns, relax on the ancient bed of the river Ilissos (a stream still runs next to the site), discover the spring of Kallirroi and find refuge in the lush shade of sycamore trees near the picturesque church of Aghia Fotini.

THE NEW ACROPOLIS MUSEUM

The New Acropolis Museum, the city’s pride, takes you on a momentous journey of 5,200 years. Beneath its glass floor, part of the ancient neighbourhood that came to light during the construction of the museum is brilliantly exhibited. The journey culminates in the top floor’s immense circular glass-enclosed wing, housing replicas and original decorative pieces adorning the Parthenon.

NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

One of the world’s seminal archaeological, the Athens Archaeological Museum’s construction was completed in 1889. The collections showcase aspects and exhibits of all the cultures that flourished in Greece, from prehistorical times, to the end of the Roman era.

TEMPLE OF OLYMPIAN ZEUS

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On the edge of historic Athens, gaze at the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the largest such structure in Greece. Its construction begun in the 6th century BC, but was abandoned due to lack of funds. Its completion took more than 700 years. Hadrian’s Arch, made of Pentelic marble, was erected in honour of the eponymous Roman emperor in AD 132.
Walk past the towering columns, relax on the ancient bed of the river Ilissos (a stream still runs next to the site), discover the spring of Kallirroi and find refuge in the lush shade of sycamore trees near the picturesque church of Aghia Fotini.

Where
Entrance: Amalias Avenue, Access: Metro station “Acropolis”

THE NEW ACROPOLIS MUSEUM

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The New Acropolis Museum, the city’s pride, takes you on a momentous journey of 5,200 years. Beneath its glass floor, part of the ancient neighbourhood that came to light during the construction of the museum is brilliantly exhibited. The journey culminates in the top floor’s immense circular glass-enclosed wing, housing replicas and original decorative pieces adorning the Parthenon.
Opening hours: Apr-Oct Tu-Su 08:00-20:00, Fr 08:00-22:00
Nov-Mar Tu-Thu 09:00-17:00, Fr 09:00-22:00, Sa-Su 09:00-20:00
Ticket price: 5 euros


Where
15, Dionysiou Areopagitou str., T:+30 2109000900, Metro- Acropolis Station

NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

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One of the world’s seminal archaeological, the Athens Archaeological Museum’s construction was completed in 1889. The collections showcase aspects and exhibits of all the cultures that flourished in Greece, from prehistorical times, to the end of the Roman era.
Opening hours: Tu-Su 08:00-19:30, Mo 12:30-19:00(summer), Mo 13:00-19:30, Th 09:00-19:30, Tu-Su 08:30-14:45 (winter).
General Admission: 7 euro, concessions 3 euro and free admission for students



Where
1, Tositsa str., entrance from 44, Patission str., T:+30 2108217724
BENAKI MUSEUM

The collection houses 33,000 exhibits, a living record of Greek history from antiquity to the 1920s. The collections of Toys and Childhood, Coptic and Chinese art and the museum’s new wing, exhibiting paintings by the great Greek painter Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika, stand out. At the Benaki’s New Building (138, Pireos & Andronikou Street), watch temporary exhibitions and other interesting events.

BYZANTINE AND CHRISTIAN MUSEUM

The building complex with its beautiful gardens, elegant wings, hosts one of the greatest collections of Byzantine art in the world, as well as visible remains of Aristotle’s school. Finely crafted Byzantine icons, sculpture miniature works, frescoes and mosaics, dating from the 4th to the 19th century, will amaze you.

CYCLADIC ART MUSEUM

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

BENAKI MUSEUM

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The collection houses 33,000 exhibits, a living record of Greek history from antiquity to the 1920s. The collections of Toys and Childhood, Coptic and Chinese art and the museum’s new wing, exhibiting paintings by the great Greek painter Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika, stand out. At the Benaki’s New Building (138, Pireos & Andronikou Street), watch temporary exhibitions and other interesting events.
Opening hours: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat 09:00-17:00, Thu 09:00-24:00, Sun 09:00-15:00, closed on Tue
General Admission: 6 euro
T: +30 2103671000


Where
Vassilisis Sofias ave. & 1, Koumbari str., Access: Metro station “Evangelismos”

BYZANTINE AND CHRISTIAN MUSEUM

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The building complex with its beautiful gardens, elegant wings, hosts one of the greatest collections of Byzantine art in the world, as well as visible remains of Aristotle’s school. Finely crafted Byzantine icons, sculpture miniature works, frescoes and mosaics, dating from the 4th to the 19th century, will amaze you.
Opening hours: Tu-Su 08:00-19:30 (summer), Tu-Su 08:30-15:00 (winter)
T:+30 2107232178, +30 2107211027 and +30 2107231570
General admission: 4 euro, reduced prices 2 euro, free admission for students and disabled


Where
22, Vas. Sofias str., Access: Metro station “Evangelismos”

CYCLADIC ART MUSEUM

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The museum is dedicated to the study and promotion of the ancient civilizations of the Aegean and Cyprus, with special emphasis on 3rd millennium Cycladic art.
Opening hours: Mo We Fr 10:00-16:00, Th 10:00-18:00, Sa 10:00-15:00, Tu Su closed
Ticket price: 5 euros, Sa 2.5 euros
The admission fee is for both wings.



Where
Main Building: (Permanent Collections) 4, Neophytou Douka str., and Stathatos Mansion: (Temporary exhibitions): Vasilissis Sophias ave.& 1, Irodotou str.
THE FRISSIRAS MUSEUM

Founded in 2000 by the collector Vlasis Frissiras, is the only Museum for Contemporary European Painting in Greece. The museum houses a great collection of over 3,500 works and has hosted other Greek and international exhibitions by established or younger artists.

MUSEUM OF GREEK FOLK ART

Α Μuseum that hosts a rich collection of every branch of Greek folk art : Embroidery, Weaving, Regional Costumes, Masquerades, Shadow Theatre, Silverware, Metalware, Pottery, Woodcarving , Folk Painting (works of Theophilos Hatzimichail), Stone carving.

THE ILIAS LALAOUNIS JEWERLY MUSEUM

Α unique museum devoted to the art of jewelry and the decorative arts is housed in an elegant property nearby Acropolis hill. Today the Museum’s permanent collection includes over 4000 pieces of jewelry and micro sculptures from over 50 collections designed by the museum’s founder, Ilias Lalaounis, between 1940 and 2000. The permanent collection is enriched with donations including jewelry and decorative arts from around the world.

THE FRISSIRAS MUSEUM

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Founded in 2000 by the collector Vlasis Frissiras, is the only Museum for Contemporary European Painting in Greece. The museum houses a great collection of over 3,500 works and has hosted other Greek and international exhibitions by established or younger artists.

Opening Hours: Wednesday to Friday: 10:00 - 17:00, Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 - 17:00, Monday and Tuesday: closed
Admission: General: €6, Seniors: €3 Over 65 y.o, students, members of the Chamber of Arts, Free: Members of AICA, ICOM, students of schools of Fine Arts
Access: Metro stations: Syntagma, Acropolis, Bus, Trolley bus stop: Syntagma
Facilities for persons with special needs



Where
3 & 7, Monis Asteriou, Plaka, Τ: +30 2103234678, +30 2103316027

MUSEUM OF GREEK FOLK ART

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Α Μuseum that hosts a rich collection of every branch of Greek folk art : Embroidery, Weaving, Regional Costumes, Masquerades, Shadow Theatre, Silverware, Metalware, Pottery, Woodcarving , Folk Painting (works of Theophilos Hatzimichail), Stone carving.The permanent exhibition gives prominence to the features that formed the cultural identity of modern Greeks in the period from the 17th up to 20th c. The Museum consists of four annexes:
The Central Building, at 17 Kydathinaion Str., Plaka. (Tuesday to Sunday: 09.00 – 14.00, Monday: Closed)
The Tzisdaraki Mosque, at 1 Areos Str. in Monastiraki Square, housing the folk ceramics collection of V. Kyriazopoulos. (Monday - Sunday: 09.00 – 14. 30, Tuesday: Closed)
The Bath-house of the Winds, 8 Kyristou str., Plaka. The only remaining Public Baths of Old Athens. (Monday- Sunday: 09.00 – 14. 30, Tuesday: Closed)
The Building at 22 Panos str., Plaka, housing the latest permanent exhibition “Men & Tools. Aspects of labour in pre-industrial society”. (Tuesday- Sunday: 09.00 – 14.30, Monday: Closed)
Tickets: Admission: 2€, Reduced Admission (Students from non – EU countries, Citizens from EU over the age of 65): 1€.

Info
T:+30 2103229031, +30 2103239813

THE ILIAS LALAOUNIS JEWERLY MUSEUM

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Α unique museum devoted to the art of jewelry and the decorative arts is housed in an elegant property nearby Acropolis hill. Today the Museum’s permanent collection includes over 4000 pieces of jewelry and micro sculptures from over 50 collections designed by the museum’s founder, Ilias Lalaounis, between 1940 and 2000. The permanent collection is enriched with donations including jewelry and decorative arts from around the world.

Opening Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 9.00 – 15.00. Sunday: 11.00-16.00
Mondays, Tuesdays and National holidays the museum is closed.

The ILJM will be closed on the last Sunday of every month and will be open instead on the Tuesday of that week.
General Admission: 5.00€, Reduced Entrance: 4.00€ (Students, senior Citizens, and Groups of 10 or more)



Where
Kallisperi 12 & Karyatidon Str., Acropolis Τ:+30 210 9221044, +30 210 9239709