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Joanna's Athens travel guide

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Joanna's Athens travel guide

museums
The National Archaeological Museum of Athens is the largest archaeological museum in Greece and one of the most important museums in the world devoted to ancient Greek art. It was founded at the end of the 19th century to house and protect antiquities from all over Greece, thus displaying their historical, cultural and artistic value.
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National Archaeological Museum
44 28is Oktovriou
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The National Archaeological Museum of Athens is the largest archaeological museum in Greece and one of the most important museums in the world devoted to ancient Greek art. It was founded at the end of the 19th century to house and protect antiquities from all over Greece, thus displaying their historical, cultural and artistic value.
The Acropolis Museum is an archaeological museum focused on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens. The museum was built to house every artifact found on the rock and on the surrounding slopes, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece. It also lies over the ruins of a part of Roman and early Byzantine Athens. The Acropolis Museum in Athens has been ranked sixth best Museum in the world in TripAdvisor annual Travelers' Choice awards (2018).
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Acropolis Museum
15 Dionysiou Areopagitou
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The Acropolis Museum is an archaeological museum focused on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens. The museum was built to house every artifact found on the rock and on the surrounding slopes, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece. It also lies over the ruins of a part of Roman and early Byzantine Athens. The Acropolis Museum in Athens has been ranked sixth best Museum in the world in TripAdvisor annual Travelers' Choice awards (2018).
A dynamic cultural institute in the centre of Athens, the Museum of Cycladic Art focuses on promoting the ancient cultures of the Aegean and Cyprus, with particular emphasis on Cycladic art of the third millennium BC. The Museum’s permanent collections include 3000 Cycladic, ancient Greek, and ancient Cypriot artefacts, witnesses to the cultures that flourished in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean from the fourth millennium BC to approximately the sixth century AD.
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Museum of Cycladic Art
4 Neofitou Douka
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A dynamic cultural institute in the centre of Athens, the Museum of Cycladic Art focuses on promoting the ancient cultures of the Aegean and Cyprus, with particular emphasis on Cycladic art of the third millennium BC. The Museum’s permanent collections include 3000 Cycladic, ancient Greek, and ancient Cypriot artefacts, witnesses to the cultures that flourished in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean from the fourth millennium BC to approximately the sixth century AD.
Its areas of competency are centred on – but not limited to – religious artefacts of the Early Christian, Byzantine, Medieval, post-Byzantine and later periods which it exhibits, but also acquires, receives, preserves, conserves, records, documents, researches, studies, publishes and raises awareness of. The museum has over 25,000 artefacts in its possession. The artefacts date from between the 3rd and 20th century AD, and their provenance encompasses the entire Greek world, as well as regions in which Hellenism flourished.
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Byzantine And Christian Museum
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Its areas of competency are centred on – but not limited to – religious artefacts of the Early Christian, Byzantine, Medieval, post-Byzantine and later periods which it exhibits, but also acquires, receives, preserves, conserves, records, documents, researches, studies, publishes and raises awareness of. The museum has over 25,000 artefacts in its possession. The artefacts date from between the 3rd and 20th century AD, and their provenance encompasses the entire Greek world, as well as regions in which Hellenism flourished.
Αξιοθέατα
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.
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Akrópólishæð
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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.
The Academy of Athens is Greece's national academy, and the highest research establishment in the country. The building was designed as part of an architectural "trilogy" in 1859 by the Danish architect Theophil Hansen, along with the University and the National Library. According the opinion of experts it is considered as the most beautiful neoclassical building in the world.
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Academy of Athens
28 Leoforos Eleftheriou Venizelou
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The Academy of Athens is Greece's national academy, and the highest research establishment in the country. The building was designed as part of an architectural "trilogy" in 1859 by the Danish architect Theophil Hansen, along with the University and the National Library. According the opinion of experts it is considered as the most beautiful neoclassical building in the world.
Originally, since the 6th century BC, a racecourse existed at the site of the stadium. It hosted the Panathenaic Games (also known as the Great Panathenaea), a religious and athletic festival celebrated every 4 years in honour of the goddess Athena. A stadium was built on the site of the racecourse by the Athenian statesman Lykourgos (Lycurgus) c. 330 BC, primarily for the Panathenaic Games. It was rebuilt in marble by Herodes Atticus, an Athenian Roman senator, by 144 AD and had a capacity of 50,000 seats. It hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the first modern Olympics in 1896 and it is the finishing point for the annual Athens Classic Marathon.
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Panathenaic Stadium
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Originally, since the 6th century BC, a racecourse existed at the site of the stadium. It hosted the Panathenaic Games (also known as the Great Panathenaea), a religious and athletic festival celebrated every 4 years in honour of the goddess Athena. A stadium was built on the site of the racecourse by the Athenian statesman Lykourgos (Lycurgus) c. 330 BC, primarily for the Panathenaic Games. It was rebuilt in marble by Herodes Atticus, an Athenian Roman senator, by 144 AD and had a capacity of 50,000 seats. It hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the first modern Olympics in 1896 and it is the finishing point for the annual Athens Classic Marathon.
These ruins, located in the heart of modern Athens, were once the site of the marketplace in ancient times, a political, cultural and economic center of the ancient world.
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Ancient Agora of Athens
24 Adrianou
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These ruins, located in the heart of modern Athens, were once the site of the marketplace in ancient times, a political, cultural and economic center of the ancient world.
It is a second-century theater built into the hillside where concerts and performances take place every summer.
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Odeon of Herodes Atticus
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It is a second-century theater built into the hillside where concerts and performances take place every summer.
It is an historic and colourful neighborhood located at the base of the hill topped by the Acropolis. It is full of many historical sites, restaurants and souvenir shops.
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Plaka
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It is an historic and colourful neighborhood located at the base of the hill topped by the Acropolis. It is full of many historical sites, restaurants and souvenir shops.
Walk or take the funicular tramway to the top of this hill for the best views of Athens
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Mount Lycabettus
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Walk or take the funicular tramway to the top of this hill for the best views of Athens
This hill is a favorite for weekending Athenians who come here to picnic and admire the breathaking views. At the top of it, is the monument to Philopappos erected by the High Philopappus during the Roman period and named after the hill
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Monument of Philopappos
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This hill is a favorite for weekending Athenians who come here to picnic and admire the breathaking views. At the top of it, is the monument to Philopappos erected by the High Philopappus during the Roman period and named after the hill
The National Garden is a public park of 15.5 hectares (38 acres) in the center of Αthens, behind the Greek Parliament building. The Royal Garden was commissioned by Queen Amalia in 1838 and completed by 1840. It was designed by the German agronomist Friedrich Schmidt who imported over 500 species of plants and a variety of animals including peacocks, ducks, and turtles. It is open to the public from sunrise to sunset.
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National Garden
1 Leoforos Vasilisis Amalias
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The National Garden is a public park of 15.5 hectares (38 acres) in the center of Αthens, behind the Greek Parliament building. The Royal Garden was commissioned by Queen Amalia in 1838 and completed by 1840. It was designed by the German agronomist Friedrich Schmidt who imported over 500 species of plants and a variety of animals including peacocks, ducks, and turtles. It is open to the public from sunrise to sunset.
Watch the change of guards (evzones) every hour and especially on Sunday at 11am with the band.
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Hellenic Parliament
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Watch the change of guards (evzones) every hour and especially on Sunday at 11am with the band.
neighborhood
Exarchia is in many ways Athens’ best-kept secret, discovered by relatively few international visitors. Located behind the main University and Polytechnic buildings, it is unsurprisingly home to many students, intellectuals and politicos. This is reflected in the area’s vibrant street art and graffiti, which seems to cover almost every inch of wall space. Some of the best Athenian tavernas are located here, as well as its most alternative bars and underground music venues. You'll find political bookshops and quirky stores here, yet it is also a neighborhood inhabited by families and older folk. On Saturdays, punks and grandmothers alike head for Kallidromiou Street, nestled below Strefi Hill, to pick up fresh produce at the traditional laiki agora (street market).
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Exarcheia
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Exarchia is in many ways Athens’ best-kept secret, discovered by relatively few international visitors. Located behind the main University and Polytechnic buildings, it is unsurprisingly home to many students, intellectuals and politicos. This is reflected in the area’s vibrant street art and graffiti, which seems to cover almost every inch of wall space. Some of the best Athenian tavernas are located here, as well as its most alternative bars and underground music venues. You'll find political bookshops and quirky stores here, yet it is also a neighborhood inhabited by families and older folk. On Saturdays, punks and grandmothers alike head for Kallidromiou Street, nestled below Strefi Hill, to pick up fresh produce at the traditional laiki agora (street market).
The city's most vibrant street market, voices, colorful stuff and people become one every Saturday from early in the morning. Kallidromiou street
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Laiki farmers' market
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The city's most vibrant street market, voices, colorful stuff and people become one every Saturday from early in the morning. Kallidromiou street
Φαγητό
It is a 5 star restaurant, with great Greek/Mediterranean dishes.
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scala vinoteca
50 Sina
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It is a 5 star restaurant, with great Greek/Mediterranean dishes.
A friendly place with great food and wine and very reasonable prices.
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Atitamos
2 Kapodistriou
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A friendly place with great food and wine and very reasonable prices.
It is worth a visit for fresh delicious fish at reasonable prices.
Ουζερί Η Στοά - Ouzeri I Stoa
11 Themistokleous
It is worth a visit for fresh delicious fish at reasonable prices.
Souvlaki, pitta gyros, tzatziki on its best and very affordable prices.
Erōtókritos
3 Kaniggos
Souvlaki, pitta gyros, tzatziki on its best and very affordable prices.
Great Quality with reasonable prices in one of the nicest areas in Athens Exarcheia. It is vegetarian friendly, has vegan and gluten free options
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Giántes
44 Valtetsiou
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Great Quality with reasonable prices in one of the nicest areas in Athens Exarcheia. It is vegetarian friendly, has vegan and gluten free options