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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 Elikon Hotel
7.9 10
Elikon Hotel
3, Dorou str., 10431 Athens, Greece

Located in the centre of Athens, Elikon Hotel is just a 2-minute walk from Omonoia Metro station, making transport easy throughout Athens. Piraeus Port is only 20 minutes away using the metro.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Diethnes Hotel
8.4 10
Diethnes Hotel
52, Peoniou str.(Larissis Station), 104 40 Athens, Greece

Diethnes Hotel is located in Athens, just a 3-minute walk from Larissa Metro Station and Athens Railway Station. Syntagma Square is just 4 metro stops away.

Hostel in Athens, Greece Student and Travellers Inn
8.9 10
Student and Travellers Inn
16, Kidathinaion str., 10558 Athens, Greece

Student and Travellers Inn – the first hostel in Greece since 1977 is located in the heart of Plaka, right below the Acropolis. Traditional cobbled streets full of taverns, shops, cafes are right at our hostel's doorstep. The main square of Athens, Syntagma, is at 600 m, while the lively Monastiraki square is at 800 m. The nearest metro station and the bus stop for the X95 Airport Bus can be reached within a 7-minute walk.