The district of Plaka is a
gloriously exotic labyrinth of alleys, winding streets and stairs lined with
C19th neo-classical houses and mansions, with beautifully decorated tiled
roofs depicting the head of Medusa, goddesses or foliage. This is the old
working-class district of Athens but is now one of the most rewarding areas
of the city for exploring. The district has been carefully and sensitively
renovated and is now one of the more expensive areas to live. Plaka
district is almost completely pedestrianised and contains the famous flea
market around Monastiraki Square, ancient sites and small museums of
traditional and popular culture.
HOW TO GET THERE
From Syndagma Square follow Odos
Kidhathineon, a pedestrianised street which begins close to the Russian and
English churches on Odhos Filellinon. This road will take you gently
downhill, past the Popular Arts museum located on a leafy square and on
through the Platia Plaka with its many cafes to Hadrian's Street (Odhos
Adhrianou) This street runs nearly the whole length of Plaka from the Arch
of Hadrian to the Thiseion and Monastiraki
is one of the most important museums in the world. It temporarily houses
masterpieces of the ancient Greek civilization, dedicated to the most
important of the Athenian sanctuaries, the "temenos" of Athena Parthenos.
Preparations for the erection of the
New Acropolis Museum
have already begun.
Many of the unique works of art that ornamented the
have been stolen and transferred abroad. The worst plundering of the
monuments took place in the beginning of the 19th century by Lord Elgin.
The museum was designed by the
architect Panages Kalkos and constructed between 1865 and 1874. In the
1950's it was extended towards the east and the exhibition was rearranged by
the archaeologist I. Meliades. The museum contains only the stone sculptures
from the monuments of the Acropolis and from the excavations on the site.
Since the beginning of the excavations, the vases and the bronzes have been
kept in the
National Archaeological Museum of Athens.
Plaka is the oldest section of Athens. It is
the most popular and picturesque area, expanded to the North and East of the
Acropolis. The district of Plaka is a gloriously exotic labyrinth of alleys,
winding streets and stairs lined with C19th neo-classical houses and
mansions, with beautifully decorated tiled roofs. Most of them are restored
accommodating museums, restaurants or shops. Plaka district is almost
completely pedestrianised and contains the famous flea market around
Monastiraki Square, ancient sites and small museums of traditional and
One of the most vivid and busy areas in downtown Athens. It is ideal for
walking or shopping day and night.
Lycabettus is always beautiful! You can climb it throughout the year and
enjoy the superb view that it offers. You can reach the hill either on foot
following the stairs, or by car taking the road that leads to the theater of
Lycabettus. During the summer, the Lycabettus theatre hosts various
theatrical performances and concerts.
The hill of Lycabettus offers a unique sight of Attica's peninsula with
Athens, Piraeus and the Saronicos golf. The St George's church on Lycabettus
is a traditional 19th century building.
Psirri is the small neighborhood in downtown Athens that is directly
adjacent to Plaka. It is also a popular spot in Athens. The area is perfect
for a stroll, but also offers a multitude of outdoor-dining places, street-cafes,
clubs and bistros.
National Archaeological Museum of Athens
It is the most important archaeological museum in Greece and one of the
richest in the world concerning ancient Greek art.
National Historical Museum
It is the oldest museum of its kind and it includes rich collections, which
highlight the most representative phases of Hellenic history.
The Acropolis Museum
It is one of the most important museums in the world. Here you can admire
masterpieces of the ancient Greek civilization.
Other important museums are the Byzantine Museum, the museum of the Ancient
Agora (Stoa of Attalos), the Benaki Museum, the Archaeological Museum of
Kerameikos, the National Art Gallery and Alexandros Soutzos Museum, the War
Museum of Athens.
Also don’t forget to visit archaeological sites such as the Ancient Agora of
Athens, the Roman Agora of Athens, Kerameikos, Olympieion, Plato's Academy,
Sounion Sanctuary of Poseidon and Athena.