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Athens through history: ancient, medieval and modern sites

Athens ● 01 September 2017

One of the main characteristics of the Greek capital is its long and rich history that is combined with multiple periods. Athens has a creative multicultural character, a unique aura, which attracts every visitor with the variety of different sites. In Athens, you can admire the route through history, the development of Greece from antiquity to the modern times. Athens Center is a living legend, a place where you can walk around for hours being bewitched by a journey in culture, art and history.

Ancient Athens is the best-known period of the Greek capital. Archaeological sites are everywhere, Acropolis stands imposingly on the top of the hill, creating the ultimate trademark of a city, Ancient Agora (Athens) is being perfectly combined with the nearby Roman Agora, ruins of temples can be found in the most unlikely spots, and significant museums, like Acropolis Museum, National Archaeological Museum, Epigraphic Museum, Numismatic Museum and Museum of Cycladic Art turn the visit in Athens into a trip in antiquity, its art and culture. In Athens, you can admire Pnyx, the place where ancient Athenians voted giving birth to democracy, or the ancient theatre of Dionysus, in the shadow of Acropolis, where the first theatre performances were played in the history of humanity.


Medieval Athens is the continuation of antiquity, the golden Byzantine Times with the impressive religious character. Only a few tourists know that in Athens numerous little Byzantine churches can be found between the neoclassical buildings, the archaeological sites and the modern houses. Byzantine Athens is equally interesting with ancient Athens and emphasizes the multicultural character of the city. Furthermore, the Byzantine Museum of Athens has significant findings and can inform you about this period in the Greek capital as well as in whole Greece.


The main sightseeing of Neoclassical Athens is located in Panepistimiou Street and is the complex of the impressive, historical buildings that used to be the University, the Library and the Academy of Athens in the 20th century. Other wonderful administrative neoclassical buildings can be found in Vasilissis Sofias Street, the street that leads to the Hellenic Parliament, which is also an imposing building of the 19th century dominating Syntagma Square. In the greater Athens area, Piraeus Municipal Theatre is one of the most significant opera buildings in Greece and in Europe, and it complements the cultural and artistic scene of the town. Neoclassical houses are also everywhere in Athens Center. Plaka, Thiseio and Monastiraki are well-preserved districts, which have kept their traditional character consisting the Old Town of Athens with narrow pebbled streets and colourful houses of another era.

Modern Athens is very interesting, and after the Olympic Games in 2004, is the main feature of the city. Tall modern blocks and hotels in Athens, art exhibitions, the National Museum of Contemporary Art, amazing street art and unique shops, bars and restaurants create a vivid city, which has reached the last step of its development and is now an attractive European city with top touristic facilities, hospitable people and surprises in every corner.

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre

Where to Stay

Hotel in Athens, Greece Acropolis Museum Boutique Hotel
8.9 10
Acropolis Museum Boutique Hotel
48, Syggrou Ave., 11742 Athens, Greece

Acropolis Museum Boutique Hotel is located in the heart of the historical center of Athens, just a few steps from Acropolis and Plaka, next to the new Acropolis Museum. Athens International Airport is a 40-minute drive away.

Boutique Hotel in Athens, Greece Anixi Vintage Hotel
8.7 10
Anixi Vintage Hotel
17, Marathonos Ave., Anixi, 14569 Athens, Greece

Anixi Boutique Hotel is located in Athens, 26 km away from the city centre. Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" is 36 km away and Piraeus Port is 34 km away.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Acropolis House
8.8 10
Acropolis House
6, Kodrou Str., 10558 Athens, Greece

Located in the heart of the historic center of Athens, Hotel Acropolis House is a 5-minute walk from Syntagma Square which can be easily access via metro or the X95 airport bus. The new Acropolis Museum and The Acropolis are within a 10-minute walk. Athens International Airport is at 39 km.