Explore the Athenian historic center
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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: 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: 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.

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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 Diethnes Hotel
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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 in Athens, Greece Galaxy Hotel
Galaxy Hotel
39, Posidonos Ave., Alimos, 17455 Athens, Greece

Galaxy Hotel is located in Alimos, a southern suburb of Athens. Piraeus port is just a 15-minute drive away, offering easy access to the Greek islands. Athens city center is 8 km away.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Exis Boutique  Hotel
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Exis Boutique Hotel
1, Spartis , Amerikis Square, 11252 Athens, Greece

Exis Boutique Hotel is located on Amerikis Square, only 10 minutes walk from the nearest metro station. Syntagma, the main square of Athens and the historic part, Plaka, can be reached within 10 minutes using public transportation. Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos is at 35 km. Piraeus Port can be reached within 20 minutes with an electric train.


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