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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 Aegli Hotel
Aegli Hotel
1, Karaiskaki & Iera Odos ave., Chaidari, 12461 Athens, Greece

Aegli hotel is situated in Haidari area, close to the city center. The nearby Agia Marina metro station favors direct access to Athens Airport, Piraeus Port and many vibrant areas of the city.

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.

Hotel & Appartment in Athens, Greece Athens Way
9.1 10
Athens Way
17, Arachovis & Ippokratous Str., 10680 Athens, Greece

Located in Athens City Center, Athens Way hotel is within a 15-minute walk from Syntagma Square and a 10-minute walk from the nearest metro station. The Acropolis and the historic part of Athens, Plaka, are at 2 km. The lively Monastiraki Square is 1.5 km away. Athens International Airport is at 33.5 km and Piraeus port can be reached within 30 minutes using the light railway.