Places to see

Acropolis – The Parthenon, a monument that constitutes the symbol of Greece worldwide, has been standing on the “sacred rock” of Athens, the Acropolis, for thousands of years. The Parthenon along with the other monuments of the Acropolis, are all excellent pieces of art, reflecting the Classical period and the Golden Age of ancient Athens in the 5th and 4th centuries B.C.

The New Acropolis Museum – The sparkling new museum, inaugurated in June 2009, has become the City’s top attraction and one of the most visited and “must see” museums worldwide. The museum, which exhibits approximately 4.000 artefacts, allows the sculptures to be viewed in natural light, with special glass and climate-control measures protecting them from sunlight. The most impressive part of the museum is its top floor, where visitors will be able to view the frieze and then look out of the windows to view the Parthenon itself.

Odeon of Herodes Atticus – At the footsteps of Acropolis, the Odeon was built in 161 A.D. under Tiberius Claudius Atticus Herodes. To date concerts, plays and ballets have been performed. The natural setting of Herodeion, with its marvelous arcades, the Parthenon as a backdrop and the moon up in the sky will certainly fascinate you.

Αncient Agora – The Ancient Agora, which means “market” in modern Greek, is situated at the footsteps of the Acropolis and in ancient times it served as the commercial centre of the city but also as political, cultural and religious centre.

National Archaeological Museum – The National Archaeological Museum is a must-visit. One of the richest collections of ancient Greek art in the world, the exhibits are representative of all the cultures that flourished in Greece, from the prehistoric age until the period of Turkish occupation. Frescoes from prehistoric Thera and statues from the classical period, such as the bronze statue of Poseidon, are some of the museum’s highlights.

Panathenaic Stadium – Originally built in the 4th century B.C. for the athletic competitions of the Great Panathinaia (ancient Greek festivities), the “Kallimarmaron” Stadium (meaning “beautiful marble”) was the venue of the first modern Olympic Games, in 1896.

Byzantine Museum – Over 25,000 artifacts divided into collections that date from the 3rd to the 20th century A.D.

Museum of Cycladic Art – An extensive and unique private collection of prehistoric art from the Cycladic islands as well as ancient Greek and Byzantine art.

Benaki Museum – 30.000 items illustrating the character of the Greek world through a spectacular historical panorama covering several periods ranging from the Prehistoric, Ancient and Roman periods to the Byzantine and the contemporary Hellenic period.

National Museum of Contemporary Art – A collection of works of contemporary Hellenic and international art.

Monastiraki Square – one of the most picturesque parts of the city, famous for its souvenir shops and the flea market.

Plaka – The old part of the city, where the winding pathways carry thousands of years of history. In Plaka, one can walk amongst the buildings whose facades are dressed in 19th century neoclassical design and architecture and notice the Cycladic styled houses in the area known as Anafitika, named after Anafites, who were builders from Anafi that lived in the area when they were building the palace of King Otto. Dining at one of its numerous restaurants, exploring the ancient monuments, contemporary museums and traditional souvenir shops stretching throughout the area are musts!