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Browse below Athens attractions. The listings appear in the order of most wanted pages.

ACROPOLIS
The Acropolis hill (acro - edge, polis - city), so called the "Sacred Rock" of Athens, is the most important site of the city and constitutes one of the most recognizable monuments of the world. It is the most significant reference point of ancient Greek culture, as well as the symbol of the city of... more info ...



POSEIDON TEMPLE
The sanctuary of Poseidon at Sounion is one of the most important sanctuaries in Attica. Sporadic finds point to the conclusion that the site was inhabited in the prehistoric period but there is no evidence of religious practice in such an early date. "Sounion Hiron" (sanctuary of Sounion) is first... more info ...



TEMPLE OF OLYMPIAN ZEUS
The Temple of Olympian Zeus (Olympeion) was an enormous structure, the largest temple in Greece, exceeding even the Parthenon in size. Work began on this vast edifice in 515 BCE during the reign of the tyrant Peisistratos, who initiated the building work to gain public favor. Although there were sev... more info ...



NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF ATHENS
It is the most important archaeological museum in Greece and one of the richest in the world concerning ancient Greek art. Its collections are representative of all the cultures that flourished in Greece.

The construction of the museum begun in 1866 and completed in 1889 with the gradual... more info ...



ANCIENT AGORA
The Agora was the heart of ancient Athens, the focus of political, commercial, administrative and social activity, the religious and cultural centre, and the seat of justice. The site was occupied without interruption in all periods of the city's history. It was used as a residential and burial are... more info ...



NATIONAL GARDENS
The National Gardens or Vassilikos Kipos (Royal Gardens in Greek as it was formerly known) is a peaceful, green refuge of 15.5 hectares in the center of the Greek capital. It is located directly behind the Greek Parliament building (The Old Palace) and continues to the south to the area where the Za... more info ...



OLYMPIEION
According to tradition, the establishment of the sanctuary goes back to the time of mythical Deucalion. The site was inhabited in the prehistoric period and the cult of Zeus is attested in early historic times. In ca. 515 B.C., Peisistratos the Younger, began the construction of a monumental temple ... more info ...



LYCABETTUS HILL
Athens has a couple of vantage points besides the Acropolis, from which you can get superb views of the city. Lycabettus Hill is really a limestone rock reaching almost 1,000 feet into the once-crystalline Athenian sky. In the evening, the top half is floodlit, and from the Acropolis it looks somet... more info ...



PANATHENAIC STADIUM
It was originally a natural hollow part of the ground between the two hills of Agra and Ardettos, over Ilissos river. It was transformed into a stadium by Lykourgos in 330-329 BC for the athletic competitions of the Great Panathinaea Festivities. Between 140 and 144 AD, Herodes Atticus restored the ... more info ...



ROMAN AGORA
Roman Agora of Athens is a large building measuring 111 x 98 m., comprising a spacious rectangular courtyard surrounded by stoas, shops and storerooms. It has an east, Ionic propylon and a west, Doric propylon, known as the Gate of Athena Archegetis. It was built between 19 and 11 B.C. with a donat... more info ...



THE PNYX
The function of the large, theatre-like area on the hill west of the Acropolis had, in the past, been explained by a number of different theories, before it was securely identified as the Pnyx, the place where the Assembly of the Athenians held its meetings.

The remains found have... more info ...

Panoramic View
>> View of Athens city and Acropolis from the Pnyx


PLATO ACADEMY
Academy was a suburb of Athens, named after the hero Academos or Ecademos. The site was continuously inhabited from the prehistoric period until the 6th century A.D. During the 6th century B.C., one of the three famous Gymnasiums of Athens was founded here. Moreover, it is recorded that Hippias, the... more info ...



ACROPOLIS MUSEUM
The Acropolis Museum, located on the sacred rock, east of the Parthenon, houses some of the most important sculptures of ancient Greek art. It is one of the most important museums in the world. Exhibits include sacred sculptures from the temple of Athena Polias on the Acropolis, architectural sculpt... more info ...



ATHENS CONCERT HALL
The Athens Concert Hall or "Megaron".

Since it opened its doors to the public in 1991, the Athens Concert Hall has been regarded as one of the most comprehensive culture centres in Europe. Its superb acoustics has been acclaimed both by the public and by renowned performers of the music ... more info ...



NATIONAL ART GALLERY
The National Art Gallery and Alexandros Soutzos Museum, the most important institution in Greece devoted to the subject of the history of Greek and Western European art, has been in operation, in its present form, since 1976. The actual founding of the institution dates back to 1900, when the releva... more info ...



KERAMEIKOS
The biggest and most important necropolis in Athens stretches along Ermou Street, near the junction with Pireos Street. One can see the ruins of the fortified enclosure with its two main gates, the Iera Pyli (Sacred Gate) and the Dipylon, public buildings, impressive civilians graves and military to... more info ...



GAZI - TECHNOPOLIS
Gazi (Gaz) Factory Workshops

The Gazi (Gaz) Factory was founded in 1857. It started functioning in 1862 and closed down its furnaces in August 1984. It was the last factory in Europe that was functioning in a traditional way until the day it closed. Today it is converted into the City of... more info ...



ZAPPEION
Temporarily remodelled to cover the needs of the Greek Presidency of the European Economic Community Athens, 1874-88 and remodelling 1982 Architects Theophilus von Hansen (1813-1891) François-Louis-Florimond Boulanger (1807-1875), initial designs Remodelling architect 1982: Vassilis S... more info ...



OLD PALACE
The Parliament Building (Old Palace)

A representative sample of the early period of Neoclassicism in Greece, the building is an abstemious work of strict geometry in its mass. The formation of its spaces forms a frame and a central rectangular body that separates the opening in between i... more info ...



STOA OF ATTALOS
The Museum of the ancient Agora (Stoa of Attalos) is housed in the Stoa of Attalos, a reconstructed building of around 150 B.C. (it was fully reconstructed between 1952 and 1956). It was built by and named after King Attalos II of Pergamon who ruled between 159 BC and 138 BC. The Stoa of Attalos is ... more info ...



HERODEION
Going up the pedestrian Dionysiou Areopagitou Street and on and past the theatre of Dionysus and other important monuments, one comes to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, also known as the Herodeion. It was Built in about AD 160. Today the Odeon functions as a theatre and in the summer months it hosts c... more info ...



WAR MUSEUM
The War Museum of Athens was inaugurated in 1975. Its aim and mission is the exhibition of war memontoes, the documentation and study of war history as well as the presentation of the stuggles for freedom of the Greek nation from ancient times to the present day. The permanent exhibition area of the... more info ...



ATHENS UNIVERSITY
The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

The University of Athens forms part of the so-called "Neoclassical Trilogy" of the City of Athens: Academy - University - Library. It consists of a group of built masses that ... more info ...



EPIGRAPHICAL MUSEUM
The Epigraphical Museum was founded in 1885 and it was established in the ground floor of the building of the National Archaeological Museum, which was constructed between 1866 and 1889, according to architectural plans by L.Lange and E.Ziller. It was renovated and extended in six new rooms, dur... more info ...



THE SOUTH SLOPE OF THE ACROPOLIS
The south slope of the Acropolis played a significant role in the artistic, spiritual and religious activity of ancient Athens. Important public buildings were erected in the area: the Odeion of Perikles, the sanctuary and theatre of Dionysos, the choregic monuments, the Asklepieion, the stoa of Eum... more info ...



HISTORICAL MUSEUM
The National Historical Museum belongs to The Historical and Ethnological Society of Greece (HESG), which was founded in 1882 for the purpose of collecting, saving and presenting relics and documentary evidence relating to modern Greek history. It is the oldest museum of its kind and it includes ric... more info ...



BENAKI MUSEUM
The Benaki Museum was founded by Anthony Benaki in 1930 and is the largest independent museum in Greece. It is the first Greek museum which came into being through a collector's love for his country. Its wide collections are constantly enriched by purchases, and contributions by its many benefactors... more info ...



OLD PARLIAMENT
The Old Parliament Building is located on Stadiou Street, in the square where the statue of Theodoros Kolokotronis, Commander-in-Chief of the Revolution of 1821, is also situated. The building is an architectural jewel in the centre of Athens and one of the most historic buildings of the city. ... more info ...



ATHENS CITY HALL
Three-storied building of austere morphological elements. The marble propylon at the entrance is one of the characteristic elements of the building while the ground floor is also covered with marble and the openings in between are filled with decorating ironworks. The main entrance has a marble door... more info ...



BYZANTINE MUSEUM
The Byzantine and Christian Museum was founded in 1914. From 1930 on it has been housed in the "Ilisia" mansion, which belonged to the Duchess of Placentia and was built in 1848 by the architect Stamatis Kleanthes. It was transformed into a museum by the architect Aristotle Zachos. Today an addition... more info ...



RAILWAY MUSEUM
The Railway Museum of Athens was founded in 1979 and belongs to the Greek Railways Organization. Its aim is to preserve samples of the technological development of the means of transportation in Greece. Among the Museum's exhibits are included:
  • steam lecomotives dating from 1884
  • steam ... more info ...



  • ATHENS ACADEMY
    The Academy of Athens forms part of the so-called "Neoclassical Trilogy" of the City of Athens: Academy - University - Library. It consists of aesthetically distinct parts that form a harmonic ensemble of built mass. A corridor conn... more info ...



    AREIOS PAGOS
    The Areios Pagos (the Hill of Ares or Curses) is situated to the northwest of the Acropolis. The Areopagus hill was the meeting place of the council of ancient Athens that had the same name. Originally it was a council of nobles and then a judiciary body specialized in cases of murder. It was also t... more info ...



    MUSEUM OF POPULAR INSTRUMENTS
    Research Centre for Ethnomusicology

    The Museum of Popular Instruments - Research Centre for Ethnomusicology (MELMOKE) comprises the collection of about 1200 Greek popular musical instruments dating from the 18th century to the present day, the fruit of a half century of research and stu... more info ...



    JEWELLERY MUSEUM
    The Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum (ILJM) is a centre for international jewelry studies. On permanent display are the creations by Ilias Lalaounis, an Athenian jeweler and goldsmith, elected member to the French Academie des Beaux-Arts. The Museum organises temporary exhibitions on various aspects o... more info ...



    ARCHAELOGICAL MUSEUM OF PIRAEUS
    The first Museum was founded in 1935. The extension of the new Piraeus Museum was carried out in 1966.

    The Museum collections include the following:
  • A fine collection of sculptured grave monuments of the 5th and 4th centuries B.C.
  • Dedicatory reliefs of the 5th and 4th cen... more info ...



  • NATIONAL LIBRARY
    The Vallianios National Library

    The National Library forms part of the so-called "Neoclassical Trilogy" of the City of Athens: Academy - University - Library. It consists of three solid parts, out of which the one in the... more info ...



    PRESIDENTIAL MANSION
    New Palace - Today the Presidential Mansion

    The eclecticist New Palace is one of the most magnificent examples of the architectural heritage left by Ernst Ziller. Its history began right after the birth of Crown Prince Constantine in 1868, when the Government decided to grant the Heir to... more info ...



    ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF KERAMEIKOS
    The museum of Kerameikos was built in 1937 on the plans of H. Johannes, with a donation of Gustav Oberlaender. It was enlarged in the 1960's with the support of the Boehringer brothers.
    Phone +3010 3463552 ... more info ...



    OBSERVATORY
    At Thisseion, on the hill of the Nymphs, a neoclassical building of the 19th century houses the first Observatory that was founded in Greece and in the Balkans. The building, which was erected in 1842 by the Danish architect Theophile Hansen with the financial aid of Georgios Sinas, is a cross-in-sq... more info ...



    CYCLADIC ART MUSEUM
    The Nicholas P. Goulandris Foundation - Museum of Cycladic Art

    The Museum of Cycladic Art was founded in 1986 in order to house the collection of Cycladic and Ancient Greek art belonging to Nicholas and Aikaterini Goulandris. A new building was designed and erected for that purpose in the ... more info ...



    PHILOPAPPOS
    To the south-west of the Acropolis, on top of the hill of the Muses, lies the burial monument built by the Athenians for Gaius Julius Antiochus Philopappos, grandson of the last king of Commagene and eminent benefactor of Athens. Today, Philopappos Hill is one of the few green areas in the city and ... more info ...

    Panoramic View
    >> Panoramic animated image of Philoppapos monument in Athens


    MUNICIPAL GALLERY OF PIRAEUS
    The Municipal Gallery of Piraeus was inaugurated in 1957 and began to function as a section of the Municipal Library in the building of the Municipal Theatre. In 1985 it became an independent department and included 837 works, among which works by M. Axelos, K. Volanakis, P. Vyzantiou, A. Geralis,... more info ...



    NAUTICAL MUSEUM
    The Nautical Museum of Greece was founded in 1949 and comprises nine rooms, where the nautical history of Greece, from prehistoric times to our day, comes to life. Among the exhibits there are models of ancient and mondern ships, paintings by some of the greatest 19th and 20th century Greek painters... more info ...



    CANELLOPOULOS MUSEUM
    The Paul and Alexandra Canellopoulos museum was founded in 1976, after the private collection of Paul and Alexandra Canellopoulos was donated to the Greek state. The Neoclassical building on the north slope of the Acropolis was erected in 1864 and was originally used as the mansion of the Michaleas ... more info ...



    ILIOU MELATHRON
    Iliou Melathron (Mansion) "Iliou Melathron" was the residence of Heinrich Schliemann, the German archaeologist and great friend of Greece. The building, built in 1879, is surrounded by a garden embracing its three sides. Its ground plan has an almost quadrangle outline of 23 x 25 meters and a twi... more info ...



    HERAKLEIDON
    A new private museum space in the heart of Athens, under the shadow of the Acropolis, has opened its doors to friends of the fine arts. The exhibition program will consist of artists who play or have played an important role in the evolution of Art.

    The museum’s mission is to init... more info ...



    NATIONAL THEATER

    Hadrian's Library in Athens served as a model for the structure of the monument's facade which consists of a central part immensely enriched by decorative elements, a Corinthian-style column row and two lateral parts of a typical neo-classical composition. The i... more info ...



    FRISSIRAS MUSEUM
    The Frissiras Museum, the only Museum for Contemporary European Painting in Greece, was inaugurated on November 27, 2000 by the President of the Republic Constantine Stefanopoulos and officially opened on December 4, 2000. It is housed in Plaka, in two adjacent neoclassical buildings brought up to t... more info ...



    MUNICIPAL GALLERY
    The Municipal Gallery of Athens is housed in a neoclassical building, on Koumoundourou Square, built on the plans of the architect Panagis Kalkos in 1874.

    The inauguration of the Gallery took place on the 22nd of September, 1982. Before that, the collection had been housed, since 1974, in ... more info ...



    National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)
    The National Technical University of Athens, outstanding creation by the humanist architect Lysandros Kaftantzoglou (1811-1885), is one of the archetypes of the Athens architectural traditions. It was built with donations by Michail and Eleni Tossizza, Nikolaos Stournaris and Georgios Averoff and w... more info ...