Sites

Seven unique location in the city center.

  1. Acropolis

Dedicated to the goddess Athena, patron of ancient Athens, the holy rock of the Acropolis, where the most important and imposing sanctuary of Greek antiquity is situated, was the ultimate expression of the city’s greatness, power and wealth during the «Golden Age» of Pericles (5th century BC). The monuments of Acropolis – the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, the Propylaea, and the temple of Athena Nike – are unique masterpieces of ancient architecture and classical art in general, which have influenced world culture throughout the centuries. The artworks coming from these monuments are exhibited today at the Acropolis Museum.

  1. The Theatre of Dionysus

It is the first theater in history. It was founded in the 6th century BC in connection to the worship of Dionysus, which was practiced in the nearby temple of the god. The great tragic poets Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and the comic poet Aristophanes were all presented here. The words «theatre» and «orchestra» originated in this space.

  1. Hadrian’s Gate

A triumphal arch in honor of the philhellene Emperor Hadrian, benefactor of Athens. It was constructed (131-132 AD) of Pentelic marble and it is 18 meters high. Temple of Olympian Zeus. One of the most important and ancient temples of Athens, the largest in Greece. It housed two oversized, chryselephantine statues: of Zeus and of Emperor Hadrian, who were worshipped together.

  1. Lysicrates Monument

A monument, which was built by Lysicrates in 335-334 BC to commemorate the victory of one of the performances he had sponsored in the theater of Dionysus. It is made of Pentelic marble. The bronze tripod which Lysicrates received as a prize was placed on its roof. The monument is also known as «Diogenes’ Lantern».

  1. Tower of Winds

A horologion (clock) and meteorological station erected by the astronomer Andronikos Cyrrhestes (1st century BC). It is an octagonal tower, 13.85 m. high, made of Pentelic marble. Solar clocks were engraved on its exterior and a hydraulic one on its interior. It carries reliefs of the eight main winds.

  1. Temple of Hephaestus (Thissio)

It was dedicated to the gods Hephaestus and Athena Ergane, whose statues were created by the great sculptor Alcamenes. It is made of Pentelic marble (460-420 BC). In the 7th century AD it was turned into a Christian church, which contributed to its excellent preservation. From 1835 to 1874 it was used as an archaeological museum.

  1. National Archaeological Museum

The «ark» of ancient Greek culture, the largest museum in Greece and one of the most important in the world. The collections include more than 11,000 artefacts from Prehistoric to Roman times. Masterpieces of Art and unique instances of human creation are housed in this neoclassical building, 150 years old.

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