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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 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.



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 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 Cemetery of Keramikos

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.

Ancient Agora

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.

Roman Agora

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 Galini Palace
7.9 10
Galini Palace
95, K.Karamanlis Str., Voula, 16673 Athens, Greece

Located in Voula, on the Athenian Riviera, Galani Palace is just a 6-minute walk from the beach. It is 21 km away from Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" and 20 km away from Piraeus Port. Athens city centre is 16 km away.

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 Alma Hotel
6.8 10
Alma Hotel
5, Dorou str., 10432 Athens, Greece

Alma Hotel is located in the centre of Athens, just a 2-minute walk from Omonia Metro Station, offering easy access to Athens Railway Station and Piraeus Port. Athens airport Eleftherios Venizelos is 36 km away.