Cultural weekend in Athens: must see spots
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Cultural weekend in Athens: must see spots

Athens ● 12 August 2017
 

Have you booked your accommodation in Athens for a perfect weekend in the capital of ancient culture? Congratulations! Athens is a city with numerous significant archaeological sites and museums, but a weekend is not enough to explore them all. Read this article, choose some of the amazing historical sites of Athens and be prepared for a weekend full of history, art and admiration of the glory antiquity.

The first day, you should definitely visit Acropolis. Acropolis is the trademark of Athens and maybe the most important archaeological site in the world. Acropolis is the symbol of democracy and the Golden Age of Pericles, and it is something more than just a temple. Standing imposing on the top of a cliff, Acropolis can be seen from everywhere in Athens Center, reminding of the ancient times that were the beginning of the philosophy, the science and the theatre. Acropolis consists of three ancient temples, but the most impressive is Parthenon. In the archaeological site of Acropolis, you can also admire the Ancient Theatre of Dionysus, where the performances of drama in ancient Athens took place. It is better to visit Acropolis early in the morning because after 11 o'clock, it is really hot.

Then, you can combine this visit with Acropolis Museum. The Acropolis Museum is a gem of the city and one of the must-see museums all over the world. The museum, with the award-winning architectural design, hosts a remarkable collection of incredible ancient artefacts that were excavated on the Acropolis Rock. The building is covered with glass, offering an astonishing view of the Acropolis, which you can also admire from the restaurant of the museum. Among others, guests can explore everyday objects, buildings remains and sculptures that date back to the Bronze Age in Greece.


After you have visited Acropolis and Acropolis Museum, you will be so tired that is better to get rest. You can eat in a traditional tavern nearby, in Plaka or Monastiraki, and find the energy you want to continue your walk around the city. Ancient Agora (Athens) is an ideal stop after your lunch as it is located near the pedestrian street of Monastiraki, inside a nice park. So, you can combine it with a beautiful street in the city's most prominent districts. Ancient Agora (Athens) was the market place of ancient Athens. There, you can explore the ruins of ancient buildings, the museum with many sculptures as well as the best-preserved Temple of Hephaestus, which will impress you with the fact that it is better-preserved even than Acropolis.

Nearby, is situated the Roman Agora, which is also a significant historical site if you have the courage to explore for a few more hours ancient Athens. Roman Agora was the market place during the Roman times in Athens (3rd century B.C.-3rd century A.D.). In Roman Agora, is located the world's first weather station, the Tower of the Winds. Other important monuments of the site are the Gate of Athena, East Propylon, the public latrines, agoranomion and a Turkish mosque, which was built in 1456 A.D.


Start your second day from Keramikos Archealogical site. Keramikos Archealogical site is the ancient cemetery of Athens since 3.000 B.C. Numerous cist graves and burial offerings have been discovered by the archaeologists. These findings, together with sculptures and burial monuments, you can admire in Keramikos Archealogical site and in the museum there.

After this interesting stroll, you should definitely visit the National Archaeological Museum of Athens. The National Archaeological Museum, the largest museum in Greece, is located in a neoclassical building of the 19th century. With more than 11,000 exhibits from a wide range of historical periods, you may need many hours to explore it. The most famous exhibits are the wall frescoes of Akrotiri, in Santorini, the Antikythera Mechanism and gold artefacts from Ancient Mycenae.

Other museum that are worth visiting and will complete an amazing cultural weekend in ancient Athens are the Epigraphic and the Numismatic Museum. The Epigraphic Museum is the largest of this kind in the world. It safeguards 14,000 Greek inscriptions, which cover the period from early historical times since late Roman Times (1,200 B.C. - 300 A.D.). There, you can admire significant inscriptions that mention laws, historical facts, votive offerings and funerary inscriptions that are connected with important moments of ancient Greece, such as the Peloponnesian War, the drama performances and the operation of democracy.

The Numismatic Museum is an off-the-beaten-path choice for those searching something more than just a museum. The collection of coins is housed in an incredible building in Athens, which was the mansion of the archaeologist, who discovered ancient Troy, Heinrich Schliemann. The exhibitions include coins from the ancient as well as from the modern period, and if you want to relax, you can sit in the museum café in the magical garden that will make you feel far away from the city.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Athens, Greece Albion Hotel
Albion Hotel
20, Akominatou Str., 10437 Athens, Greece

Albion Hotel is located in the heart of Athens, next to the Metaxourghio Metro Station. Eleftherios Venizelos Airport is a 45-minute drive away.#

Hotel in Athens, Greece Hotel Cybele
Hotel Cybele
7, Kolokotroni & Dagkli str.,Pefki, 15121 Athens, Greece

Hotel Cybele is located in Pefki, just an 11-minute walk from Maroussi Metro Station. Athens city centre is 19 km away and Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" is 28 km away.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Ariston Hotel
8.5 10
Ariston Hotel
50, Diligianni Str., 10439 Athens, Greece

Located in the center of Athens, Ariston Hotel is very close to Athens Railway Station as well as Larissa Metro Station.


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