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The 10 best places to see in Athens

Athens is the most beautiful city in Greece, besides being its capital, it is one of the most popular tourist places. You won’t be short of things to see and do in Athens. It is an amazing city, full of history and with beautiful corners to discover.

In this post I tell you the 25 best places to see in Athens so you don’t miss anything on your trip to Athens.

1. Acropolis of Athens, an essential place to see in Athens

The Acropolis is the most important and well-known place in all of Greece. It is located in a strategic place capable of dominating every corner of the city.

Despite the fact that over the centuries the Acropolis has been destroyed and looted on many occasions, after the declaration of independence from Greece, the remaining ruins have been restored.

During your visit to the Acropolis you will be able to see the different ruins (very well preserved) that will transport you to ancient Greece.

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2. Acropolis Museum of Athens

This museum is dedicated to the exhibition of the remains found in the Acropolis, explaining its history and operation as the main religious center in ancient Athens.

And the museum itself is an impressive architectural work.

The museum building has been built in steel, glass and cement, and has 14,000 square meters and some 4,000 pieces are exhibited.

Through the different exhibitions it is possible to see some samples of the remains of the ancient city located under a glass floor, countless sculptures and classical pieces that belonged to the Acropolis. And fragments of some other buildings such as the Nike Temple of Athens, the Erechtheion and the Propylaea.

In the Parthenon Room, which is located on the top floor of the building, you can see some of the most valuable objects. You also can’t miss the Caryatids, robust statues representing beautiful priestesses who acted as columns in the Erechtheion building.

2. Acropolis Museum of Athens

This museum is dedicated to the exhibition of the remains found in the Acropolis, explaining its history and operation as the main religious center in ancient Athens.

The museum is located 300 meters from the Acropolis. And the museum itself is an impressive architectural work.

The museum building has been built in steel, glass and cement, and has 14,000 square meters and some 4,000 pieces are exhibited.

Through the different exhibitions it is possible to see some samples of the remains of the ancient city located under a glass floor, countless sculptures and classical pieces that belonged to the Acropolis. And fragments of some other buildings such as the Nike Temple of Athens, the Erechtheion and the Propylaea.

In the Parthenon Room, which is located on the top floor of the building, you can see some of the most valuable objects. You also can’t miss the Caryatids, robust statues representing beautiful priestesses who acted as columns in the Erechtheion building.

4. Parthenon

The Parthenon is one of the most important monuments of ancient Greek civilization , as well as the most representative building in all of Greece .

It was built in white marble from Mount Pentelicus, in order to house the gold and ivory image of Athena Parthenos , an impressive twelve meter tall statue crafted by Phidias.

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The Parthenon measures 70 meters long x 30 meters wide approx. And it is surrounded by columns. It has 8 main facades and 17 lateral ones.

The Parthenon is located inside the Acropolis and you will not have to pay any additional entrance, with the Acropolis ticket you can visit it.

5. Visit the Plaka neighborhood

It is the oldest neighborhood in Athens, as well as being an area with a lot of charm.

Its streets are narrow and cobbled, where there are neoclassical houses from the 19th century. Although visiting the neighborhood can be a bit stressful in high season (it is very popular), it is worth visiting and getting lost in its labyrinthine alleys.

Here is the monument to Lisicrates, the Roman Agora and the Museum of Popular Instruments.

6. Ancient Agora

The Ancient Agora of Athens was the center of the city’s social, political and commercial life in ancient times.

The Agora was made up of a wide open space surrounded by various public buildings and had very diverse functions: the center of government, the market and the sacred precinct.

Currently, you can still see how the building of the Stoa of Attalus used to be, the old commercial center of Athens that currently houses the Museum of the Ancient Agora, and the Temple of Hephaestus, one of the best preserved temples.

7. Archaeological Museum of Athens

The Archaeological Museum of Athens was founded at the end of the 19th century . And it is the largest archaeological museum in all of Greece, and the largest in the world in its theme; ancient greece.

It contains collections from prehistory, sculptures, vessels, objects from the island of Santorini, objects made in bronze and a rich collection of Egyptian art.

8. Monastiraki

Monastiraki is a commercial area full of atmosphere and with interesting places to visit. Its name is due to the small monastery that is located in the homonymous square.

Some of the most emblematic places in Monastiraki are the Kapnikarea church, the market and the Monastiraki square. Here you will also find the Museum of Greek Folk Art, Hadrian’s Library and the Monastiraki metro station, one of the oldest in Athens.

9. Meteora

Meteora is one of the most special places in the world and it was one of the reasons why I decided to travel to Greece.

Meteora means “rocks in the air”. And it is a set of sandstone rocks formed under the sea 30 million years ago. These fascinating formations sculpted throughout history were exposed when the sea level dropped.

The landscape itself is beautiful, but something that draws a lot of attention and makes the place so special are the monasteries that crown some of the rocks.

Currently 13 of the original 24 monasteries remain standing, 6 of which can be visited.

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The first monastery, Megalo Meteoro, was founded in 1336 by a monk named Athanasios. It crowns a rock 536 meters high. If you visit this monastery, before the entrance you can see the cave where the monk first lived.

The construction of the monasteries is still unknown, although the most popular theory is that they could have climbed up here with the help of kites.

To visit Meteora you can do it with a rental car , reaching the towns of Kastraki or Kalambaka, where you can stay. Although there are also some tours from Athens for a couple of days that include this visit.

The landscapes to get here are not wasted and it is a very quiet and beautiful area. If you dare to visit it from Athens, I recommend you stay a couple of nights in this area.

10. Penathenaic Stadium

The impressive Penatenaico stadium was built between 1869 and 1870 in white marble. And it was the place where the Olympic Games were held in 1896.

The first stadium that was built in the same place was built in wood, in the year 330 BC, for the celebration of the sports competitions that took place during the Panathenaic.

The Panathenaic were religious celebrations that took place every year. In the celebrations, the goddess Athena was worshiped through different competitions, including horse riding, athletics, wrestling or chariot racing, as well as musical or beauty competitions.

When you visit Penatenaico you can walk through the marble stands, enter the athletics track and go up to the podium.

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