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Acropolis
The most important and magnificent sanctuary of Ancient Athens built on a rock in the center of the city. Its most impressive buildings (Parthenon, Erechteion, Temple of Athena Nike) are still adored as high points of architecture and artistic creation.

New Acropolis Museum
With an exhibition space of about 14,000 m2, 10 times more than the Old Acropolis Museum, the work of Bernard Tschumi Architects with Michael Fotiadis houses archaeological finds spanning Archaic, Classic and Roman times.

Ancient Agora (Ancient Market) A site northwest of Acropolis that was the administrative, political, economic, philosophical, social and educational center of Ancient Athens since the 6th century BC.

Herodion Odeon and Theater A Roman odeon (conservatory) and theater built by Herodes Atticus in the 2nd century AD. In modern times, the works for its reconstruction have begun during king Otto’s reign (mid 19th century) and were completed in the ‘50s. Since then it houses important artistic events and every summer is the focal point of the annual Festival of Athens, which is one of the most important cultural events in Greece.

Monastiraki (literary meaning little monastery)
An area that was famous for its flea market and antiquarian shops. Today it is a bustling area with many tourist and high street shops.

Plaka
The most picturesque neighborhood of Athens, built in the roots of the Sacred Rock of Acropolis. It has many well-preserved old buildings and a plethora of shops, taverns and coffee places.

Kerameikos cemetery of Ancient Athens
The most important cemetery of Ancient Athens that was in use from the 12th century BC to the 6th century AD.

Gazi
A unique complex of preserved industrial buildings that house cultural events organized by the municipality of Athens. The building has lent its name to the neighborhood that surrounds it, which is currently one the hottest spot of night life in Athens.

National Archaeological Museum
The greatest museum of Greece and one of the most important museums of the world with more that 11,000 items in exhibition spanning many millennium, from prehistoric times to late antiquity.

Pedion Areos (Field of Ares)
One of the biggest public greens in Athens that stretches for 28 acres. It was designed in 1934 to honor the heroes of the Greek War of Independence (in 1821). It is full of deciduous tress and Mediterranean plants and flowers.

Syntagma (Constitution) Square
Named after the revolt of 1843 that forced king Otto to pass the first ever Constitution of modern Greece. The main attraction in the square is the Monument of Unknown Soldier honoring all dead Greek soldiers whose bodies were never found, which is guarded by the Presidential Guards of Evzones.

National Park
A park open to the public covered with 16 acres of flowers and other indigenous flora.

Zappeion Megaron (House)
A Neoclassical historic monumental building of Athens that was built especially for the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Today it is used as an exhibition and ceremony space.

Panathinaikon Stadium
One of the most important monuments of modern Athens. A monumental reconstruction of an ancient stadium that was exclusively made of marble (that is why is also called in Greek “Kallimarmaro”, which means: made of beautiful marble). Its reconstruction was a parallel project of the construction of the Zappeion Megaron. Panathinaikon Stadium hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896.
 
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