Athens Top 20
Collected by Rachel Howard , AFAR Local Expert
Filopappou, Athina 117 41, Greece
Marble footpaths meander up pine-clad Filopappou Hill, a peaceful hideout for picnickers and joggers. Hidden in a rocky clearing is the Pnyx, the world’s first democratic assembly, where the great orators Pericles and Themistocles held court in...
Acropolis, Athens 116 36, Greece
All the way across the landscape from the top of the Acropolis is a green-covered hillside topped with an ancient Greek mausoleum and monument dedicated to Gaius Julius Antiochus Epiphanes Philopappos. This site is not only historic but an...
Leoforos Vasilissis Sofias 22, Athina 106 75, Greece
One of the most important collections of Byzantine art in the world, this haunting museum contains over 30,000 artifacts from the 3rd to the 20th century. Ethereal icons, frescoes and mosaics, exquisitely carved tombstones and embroidered...
Neofitou Douka 4, Athina 106 74, Greece
This museum is small but perfectly formed, just like the enigmatic marble figurines that are the centerpiece of its collection. Their stark yet sensual forms inspired modern artists like Picasso and Modigliani. On the top floor, a virtual tour of...
Koumpari 1, Athina 106 74, Greece
An extraordinary repository of Greek culture through the ages, this eclectic museum has something for everyone: Bronze Age jewelry, Byzantine icons, traditional folk costumes, Lord Byron's pistols, Cavafy’s poems and 20th-century paintings. The...
Athinas 42, Athina 105 51, Greece
Among the tacky glow-in-the-dark temples, you’ll find plenty of stylish souvenirs at Monastiraki flea market: Look out for amber worry beads, leather sandals and backgammon sets. The central food market on nearby Athinas Street is a smorgasbord...
Polignotou 3, Athina 105 55, Greece
Sitting away from the Acropolis are the ruins of the ancient Roman Agora (marketplace). Back then, the Romans built this tower to stand as a timepiece for the conquered Athens. It features a combination of sundials, a water clock and a wind vane...
On a craggy promontory overlooking the Aegean, Cape Sounion is a scenic drive 70 kilometers from the city center along the Athenian Riviera. There are dozens of blue flag beaches and seaside tavernas to explore en route to the gleaming Temple of...
Leof. Vasileos Konstantinou, Athina 116 35, Greece
The Panathenaic Stadium is pretty breathtaking to see. Originally built thousands of years ago, it was restored just before the first modern Olympics. It was then used as the home of the first modern Olympics, and continues to play a key role in...
28is Oktovriou 44, Athina 106 82, Greece
The archaeology museum is probably one of the most overlooked attractions in Athens. This is mostly in part to its location far from the centre and surrounded by unattractive neighbourhoods. If you're traveling to Athens because you're interested...
Athens 118 54, Greece
The gasworks that gave Gazi district its name symbolized the dawn of an industrial era when it opened in 1857, and now its metal carcass is an industrial museum. The complex of giant coolers, purifiers and control rooms doubles as an arts center,...
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