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The best archaeological sites in Athens

Athens ● 12 June 2017
 

Athens, thanks to its long and rich history since the antiquity, is full of archaeological sites and monuments all around Athens Center but also in the wider area of Attica. Together with the significant museums of Athens, these ancient sites can travel you back in time, inform you about the cradle of western civilisation and democracy, which is born in Athens and impress you with their magnificence and importance.

1. Acropolis

Acropolis is the trademark of Athens and maybe the most important archaeological site in the world. Acropolis is the symbol of democracy and the Golden Age of Pericles, and it 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 beginning 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.

Acropolis

2. 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.

3. 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.

Tower of the winds

4. 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.

5. Ancient temple of Poseidon

In Sounio, the cape of Athens at the southernmost part of Attica with an amazing view of the Aegean Sea, was built the Temple of Poseidon, an impressive temple, whose location makes it even more beautiful. The site can be combined with the top excursion you can make during your vacations in Athens, enjoying the visit of the temple and afterwards, swimming and sunbathing in the clear waters of the Aegean Sea.

Sounio

6. Ancient temple of Artemis

The ancient Temple of Artemis is located in Vravrona, on the eastern side of Attica, in a close distance to the Airport of Athens (Greece). In the archaeological site of the temple, you can explore in addition to the temple, the sanctuary of Ifigeneia, the gymnasium and other ancient buildings, and there is also an Archaeological Museum with many findings of the area. The landscape is astonishing, full of trees and a small river crossing the site. After this, you can swim in a beach in Porto Rafti, Loutsa or Rafina, which are located nearby.

Temple of Artemis

Where to Stay

Hotel in Athens, Greece Olympion
8.6 10
Olympion
10, Lorentzou Mavili str., 13671 Athens, Greece

Located 100 m from the suburban station of Kato Acharnes, connecting to Athens city centre. El. Venizelos International Airport is 35 km away from the hotel.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Chris Hotel
8.5 10
Chris Hotel
6, Potamou str., 14564 Athens, Greece

Hotel Chris is situated in a quiet spot in Nea Kifisia, 100 m from the E75 motorway and 2 km from Kifisia Train Station. Athens city center can be reached within approximately 30 minutes using the electric train. Athens International Airport is at 38 km.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Hotel Rio Athens
7.7 10
Hotel Rio Athens
13, Odisseos str., Karaiskaki Square, 10436 Athens, Greece

Hotel Rio Athens is conveniently located on the quiet pedestrian street of Κaraiskaki Square, just 1 km from Syntagma Square. Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport is 36 km away, while the port of Piraeus is 10.4 km away.


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