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Explore the Athenian historic center

Anafiotika ● Athens ● Attica ● Mets ● Petralona ● Plaka ● 13 July 2016

The Athenian historic center


It is very easy to explore the historic center of Athens, since everything is on foot proximity. Also the 3 km pedestrian road (Dionysiou Areopagitou) makes it piece of cake since it connects the most important archeological sites. It starts from the Temple of Olympian Zeus and ends at Philopappos Hill near the archeological site of the Acropolis and the Roman Agora.

So let’s have a look at the most important sights of this historic center.

Temple of Olympic Zeus

Temple of Olympic Zeus: A gargantuan temple dedicated to God Zeus king of the Olympian Gods, renowned in antiquity times as the biggest temple in Greece. It is located on Vasilisis Amalias Avenue.

Philopappos Hill or Hill of the Muses: A leafy hill, full of remains of ancient streets, homes and Roman monuments. It was an ancient Greek mausoleum and monument dedicated to Gaius Philopappus, a prince from the Kingdom of ancient Armenia.


Acropolis Hill: The most famous sight in the historic center of Athens. Acropolis and it’s historic hill, with the Parthenon, the Propylaia, the Erechtheion and the Temple of Athena Nike standing on it’s peak and the Dionysus theatre and the Odeon of Herodes Atticuson on it’s foothills.


Pnyx: A hill, west of the Acropolis, one of the most important sites in the formation of Democracy. The Athenians used to have meetings there so to take important decisions about the commons, every citizen had the right to speak and great political struggles happened there.

Roman Agora

Roman Agora: The first commercial center of Athens, it is located north of the Acropolis and east of the ancient Agora and it was built during the Roman Period. It’s most important buildings are the Tower of the Winds, the Gate of Athena Archegetis, the East Propylon, the Fethiye Mosque and the Agoranomion.


Keramikos Cemetery: An ancient cemetery full of tombstones and funerary statues. It is located near Kerameikos (Gazi) area which took it’s name from the word Keramos which means ceramic due to the existence of many potters in the area.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Athens, Greece Hotel Rio Athens
7.7 10
Hotel Rio Athens
13, Odisseos str., Karaiskaki Square, 10436 Athens, Greece

Hotel Rio Athens is conveniently located on the quiet pedestrian street of Κaraiskaki Square, just 1 km from Syntagma Square. Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport is 36 km away, while the port of Piraeus is 10.4 km away.

Hotel & Appartment in Athens, Greece Cybele Guest Accommodation
Cybele Guest Accommodation
49, Aharnon str., Kifissia, 14561 Athens, Greece

Cybele Guest Accommodation is located in Kifissia, just a 15-minute walk from Kifissia Metro Station. Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" is 30 km away. #

Hotel in Athens, Greece Carolina Hotel
8.8 10
Carolina Hotel
55, Kolokotroni str., 10560 Athens, Greece

Hotel Carolina is strategically located in the center of Athens, just 500 m from the lively Monastiraki Square and 200 m from Ermou shopping street. The main square of Athens, Syntagma, is a 10-minute walk away. Plaka, the historic part of Athens, is a 15-minute walk away. Athens International Airport is at 43 km.