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Sightseeing and landmarks in Athens

Art museums

Art Museum
“The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST) began its operation in 2000. Its permanent home is the former Fix brewery on Syngrou Ave., the reconstruction of which was completed in 2014. The building occupies 18.142 sqm. on a 3.123 sqm surface.”
  • 62 locals recommend
History Museum
“ The museum houses a notable collection of artifacts of Cycladic art and occasional exhibitions. ”
  • 64 locals recommend
History Museum
“The well-organised museum was founded with the purpose of housing the Goulandris private collection of Cycladic Art. It is one of the leading museums in Athens.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“The “alternative “ modern art and theater building of Athens. On top floor world acknowledged 2 Michelin stars restaurant HYTRA.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“ONASSIS FOUNDATION is the best place for those who love art, theatre, music and performances.Also on the top floor ,you can taste the best food in Athens made by the best chef of Athens!!!”
  • 14 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“The Stegi Onassis Cultural Centre — Athens for events (theatre, music, dance events) and exhibitions
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  • 14 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Islamic art collections of the Benaki Museum are housed in a complex of neo-classical buildings located in the historical centre of Athens, in the Kerameikos district. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Frissiras Museum is a contemporary painting museum in Plaka Athens, Greece. It was founded and endowed by Vlassis Frissiras, an art-collecting lawyer. Its permanent collection consists of 3000 paintings and sculptures by Greek and other European artists on the subject of the human form.”
  • 8 locals recommend

History museums

History Museum
“Acropolis museum is the big museum of Greece with findings from Acropolis hills.You can see the beauty of ancient Greek statues,element from every day life of ancient Greeks and more.”
  • 443 locals recommend
History Museum
“The largest archaeological museum in Greece and one of the greatest antiquities museums in the world”
  • 271 locals recommend
History Museum
“ The museum houses a notable collection of artifacts of Cycladic art and occasional exhibitions. ”
  • 64 locals recommend
History Museum
“Byzantine history buffs will be overwhelmed by the vast collection, focusing on the Byzantine and post-Byzantine periods from the 3rd to the 21st Centuries AD. The Byzantine Museum houses more than 25,000 objects from several former provinces of Byzantium including Serbia, Bulgaria, Thessaloniki, Mystras and Crete. Located near the upmarket area of Kolonaki, the main museum building resembles a Tuscan villa set in a beautiful enclosed courtyard away from the busy main road of Vasilissis Sofias. It’s a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and you can easily picture yourself sitting in the nearby coffee shop with a good book. The building was built in 1948 in the Tuscan Renaissance style and is an architectural rarity in Athens.”
  • 51 locals recommend
History Museum
“The well-organised museum was founded with the purpose of housing the Goulandris private collection of Cycladic Art. It is one of the leading museums in Athens.”
  • 49 locals recommend
History Museum
“The most modern museum of Athens with remarkable ancient findings , critical for Greece's culture.”
  • 21 locals recommend
History Museum
“New Acropolis Museum, museum in Athens, Greece, built to house the archaeological remains of the ancient Acropolis site that were formerly housed in the original Acropolis Museum (first opened in 1876). The New Acropolis Museum opened in June 2009.”
  • 24 locals recommend
History Museum
“The National Historical Museum (Greek: Εθνικό Ιστορικό Μουσείο,[1] Ethnikó Istorikó Mouseío) is a historical museum in Athens. Founded in 1882, is the oldest of its kind in Greece. It is located in the Old Parliament House at Stadiou Street in Athens, which housed the Hellenic Parliament from 1875 until 1932. Collections The museum houses the collection of the Historical and Ethnological Society of Greece (IEEE), founded in 1882.[2] It is the oldest collection of its kind in Greece, and prior to its transfer to the Old Parliament, it was housed in the main building of the National Technical University. The collection contains historical items concerning the period from the capture of Constantinopolis by the Ottomans in 1453 to the Second World War, emphasizing especially the period of the Greek Revolution and the subsequent establishment of the modern Greek state. Among the items displayed are weapons, personal belongings and memorabilia from historical personalities, historical paintings by Greek and foreign artists, manuscripts, as well as a large collection of traditional Greek costumes from various regions. The collection is displayed in the corridors and rooms of the building, while the great central hall of the National Assembly is used for conferences.”
  • 10 locals recommend

Scenic lookouts

Hill
“The big rock of Acropolis with the temples and the great view that inspires many people over the years.”
  • 352 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Great viewpoint overlooking the city, nice walk up the hill, can access with a Funicular as well. ”
  • 196 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Also called the Hill of the Muses, Filopappou Hill – along with the hills of the Pnyx and the Nymphs – is a somewhat wild, pine-shaded spot that's good for a stroll, especially at sunset. The hill also gives some of the best vantage points for photographing the Acropolis, and views to the Saronic Gulf.The hill is identifiable by the Monument of Filopappos crowning its summit; it was built between AD 114 and 116 in honour of Julius Antiochus Filopappos, a prominent Roman consul and administrator. The marble-paved path, laid out in the 1950s by modernist architect Dimitris Pikionis, starts near the periptero (kiosk) on Dionysiou Areopagitou. After 250m, it passes the excellent Church of Agios Dimitrios Loumbardiaris, which contains fine frescoes. There's a detour to Socrates' prison, and the main path leads to the Shrine of the Muses, cut into the rock face just below the top of the hill. Inhabited from prehistoric times to the post-Byzantine era, the area was, according to Plutarch, the area where Theseus and the Amazons did battle. In the 4th and 5th centuries BC, defensive fortifications – such as the Themistoclean wall and the Diateichisma – extended over the hill, and some of their remains are still visible.”
  • 135 locals recommend
Pedestrian Plaza
“For the Greeks in ancient Athens, the Theatre of Dionysus was a very important part of their lives. Today it is considered to be the place where European theatre had its beginnings. ”
  • 49 locals recommend
Historic Site
“The Acropolis of Athens and its monuments are universal symbols of the classical spirit and civilization and form the greatest architectural and artistic complex bequeathed by Greek Antiquity to the world.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“The green hill behind the Panathenaic Stadium whose foothills were crossed by the river Ilissus took its name from Ardettus, an ancient Athenian who resolved the differences between Athenians, and was the sacred site where the jurors took their oaths. There were important monuments on the hill like the Sanctuary of Tyche and the tomb of Herodes Atticus. Climbing to Ardettus with the paths among the pine trees is a rewarding experience due to the nature and the unique view to the city.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Pedestrian Plaza
“A great walk, around Acropolis of Athens, starts in front of Acropolis museum. It's worth it, you will see everything”
  • 5 locals recommend
Historic Site
“The 5th-floor rooftop terrace of the boutique Herodion Hotel is the only one that provides views of both the Acropolis and the modern elegant lines of the Acropolis Museum, lit equally beautifully at night. The space is split between a Mediterranean fine-dining restaurant and a bar that serves ‘tapas cocktails’. 4, Rovertou Galli st. ”
  • 4 locals recommend

Historic sites

Park
“Beautiful public park in the centre of Athens, great way to walk between places and take in the scenery. ”
  • 277 locals recommend
Track Stadium
“The first Modern Olympic Games were held there making the stadium a monument of significant importance. It is the only stadium in the world made from white marble and has a capacity of 60.000 spectators.”
  • 226 locals recommend
Historic Site
“The Temple of Olympian Zeus also known as the Olympieion or Columns of the Olympian Zeus, is a former colossal temple at the center of the Greek capital Athens. It was dedicated to "Olympian" Zeus, a name originating from his position as head of the Olympian gods. Construction began in the 6th century BC during the rule of the Athenian tyrants, who envisaged building the greatest temple in the ancient world, but it was not completed until the reign of the Roman Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century AD, some 638 years after the project had begun. During the Roman period the temple -that included 104 colossal columns- was renowned as the largest temple in Greece and housed one of the largest cult statues in the ancient world. The temple's glory was short-lived, as it fell into disuse after being pillaged during a barbarian invasion in 267 AD, just about a century after its completion. It was probably never repaired and was reduced to ruins thereafter. In the centuries after the fall of the Roman Empire, it was extensively quarried for building materials to supply building projects elsewhere in the city. Despite this, a substantial part of the temple remains today, notably sixteen of the original gigantic columns, and it continues to be part of a very important archaeological site of Greece”
  • 138 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Located on the northwest side of the Acropolis lies Ancient Agora. It is home to various monuments such as Stoa Poikile, Temple of Hephaestus, Mitroo, Tholos, Stoa of Attalos, Vouleftirion and the Altar of the Twelve Gods.”
  • 110 locals recommend
Historic Site
“This large amphitheatre was built in AD 161 by wealthy Roman Herodes Atticus in memory of his wife Regilla. It was excavated in 1857–58 and completely restored in the 1950s.”
  • 105 locals recommend
Historic Site
“An architectural masterpiece of great renown. You will appreciate its splendor if you visit, and learn about the history and the secrets of the construction of the Parthenon.”
  • 96 locals recommend
Historic Site
“The site was uncovered in 1861 during the construction of Pireos St; it once sat on the clay-rich banks of the Iridanos River. There's an excellent small museum here. Once inside, head for the small knoll ahead to the right, where you'll find a plan of the site. A path leads down to the right from the knoll to the remains of the city wall built by Themistocles in 479 BC, and rebuilt by Konon in 394 BC. The wall is broken by the foundations of two gates; tiny signs mark each one. The first, the Sacred Gate, was where pilgrims from Eleusis entered the city during the annual Eleusian procession. The gate marked the end of the Sacred Way, aka Iera Odos, which is now a wide city street that still follows a straight route west to Elefsina. To the northeast are the remains of the Dipylon Gate – the city's main entrance and where the Panathenaic Procession began. It was also where the city's prostitutes gathered to offer their services to travellers. From a platform outside the Dipylon Gate, Pericles gave his famous speech extolling the virtues of Athens and honouring those who died in the first year of the Peloponnesian Wars. Between the Sacred and Dipylon Gates are the foundations of the Pompeion, used as a dressing room for participants in the Panathenaic Procession. Leading off the Sacred Way to the left as you head away from the city is the Street of Tombs. This avenue was reserved for the graves of Athens' elite, while ordinary citizens were buried in surrounding areas. The surviving stelae are now in the site museum or the National Archaeological Museum, so what you see are mostly replicas. The astonishing array of funerary monuments and their bas-reliefs warrant close examination. One well-preserved stela (up the stone steps on the northern side) shows a little girl with her pet dog. The site’s largest stela is of sisters Demetria and Pamphile. A lot of cafes, clubs, bars & restaurants are here . Technopolis where cultural events are taking place all over the year, is here ! ”
  • 59 locals recommend
Historic Site
“The Acropolis of Athens and its monuments are universal symbols of the classical spirit and civilization and form the greatest architectural and artistic complex bequeathed by Greek Antiquity to the world.”
  • 50 locals recommend

Libraries

Library
“The National Library of Greece (Greek: Εθνική Βιβλιοθήκη) is situated near the center of city of Athens. It was designed by the Danish architect Theophil Freiherr von Hansen, as part of his famous Trilogy of neo-classical buildings including the Academy of Athens and the original building of the Athens University. It was founded by Ioannis Kapodistrias.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Library
“Opened in 1926, the Library now holds a richly diverse collection of over 120,000 books and rare bindings, manuscripts, and works of art illuminating the Hellenic tradition. Impressive building!”
  • 1 local recommends
Library
College Library