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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 Acropolis House
8.8 10
Acropolis House
6, Kodrou Str., 10558 Athens, Greece

Located in the heart of the historic center of Athens, Hotel Acropolis House is a 5-minute walk from Syntagma Square which can be easily access via metro or the X95 airport bus. The new Acropolis Museum and The Acropolis are within a 10-minute walk. Athens International Airport is at 39 km.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Sparta Team Hotel
8 10
Sparta Team Hotel
21, Menandrou Str., 10563 Athens, Greece

Sparta Team Hotel is located in the centre of Athens, just a 8-minute walk from Omonoia Metro Station and Monastiraki Metro Station. The port of Piraeus is 11 km away.

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.