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Highlights of Ancient Athens

Athens ● 05 September 2017
 

Have you booked your hotel in Athens for a perfect trip in the capital of ancient culture? Congratulations! Athens is a city with numerous significant archaeological sites and museums, but a few days are not enough to explore them all. Read this article, choose the highlights of Ancient Athens and be prepared for a journey in history, art and admiration of the glorious antiquity.

Acropolis

Acropolis is the trademark of Athens and maybe the most important archaeological site in the world, the symbol of democracy and the Golden Age of Pericles. Acropolis 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 cradle 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. All the famous comedies and tragedies, like Medea, Antigone and Oedipus, were born there! After your visit in Acropolis, Acropolis Museum is definitely worth visiting because it hosts all the main findings of the archaeological site of Acropolis, giving you the opportunity to admire beautiful and significant artefacts, such as sculptures, jewellery and pottery objects.


Pnyx

In Filopappos Hill, in Thiseio, is located Pnyx, the place where the ancient Athenians voted. Pnyx was used for the popular assemblies in Athens since 507 B.C., being one of the most important and earliest sites in the creation of democracy. Pericles, Aristides, Demosthenes and Alcibiades spoke here, at the speaker's platform, which you can admire today. Pnyx was the meeting place of the earliest known in the world democratic legislature, the Athenian ecclesia.

Keramikos

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.


Ancient Agora

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. Ancient Agora (Athens) is a large historical site inside a beautiful park, which is ideal for a walk around the ancient ruins.


Roman Agora

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. The visit to Roman Agora can be combined with the visit to Ancient Agora (Athens) since both historical sites are located in a very close distance to each other.


These were the top archaeological sites in historical Athens Center. In the greater Athens area in the prefecture of Attica are located many other wonderful and important sites, such as the Temple of Poseidon in Sounio or the Temple of Artemis in Vravrona. Furthermore, if you want to have a in-depth overall view of Ancient Athens, you should also visit the amazing museums of the Greek capital, such as the National Archaeological Museum, the Numismatic Museum, the Epigraphic Museum, the Museum of Cycladic Art and Benaki Museum.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Athens, Greece Acropolis Museum Boutique Hotel
8.9 10
Acropolis Museum Boutique Hotel
48, Syggrou Ave., 11742 Athens, Greece

Acropolis Museum Boutique Hotel is located in the heart of the historical center of Athens, just a few steps from the Acropolis and Plaka, next to the new Acropolis Museum. Elefthérios Venizélos Airport is a 35- minute drive from the hotel.

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

Located in Athens City Centre, this hotel is within a 15 - minute walk from Syntagma square. The Acropolis is at 2 km 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 driving away, offering easy access to the Greek islands. Athens city centre is 8 km away.


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