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Historical Sites in Athens

Acropolis Museum, Tower of Winds, Anafiotika, Ancient Agora of Athens, Ancient Cemetery of Kerameikos, Archaeological Site Mycenae, First Cemetery of Athens, Hadrian's Library, Monastiraki Flea Market and many more.

All the historical places in Athens date back to more than 3000 years amidst the magnificent glory of Western Civilization. From Venizelos Mansion to Panathenaic Stadium, every place has its own story to narrate.  One of the most prominent Historical Places in Athens Greece is the Tower of Winds, where the relief representation of the wind at the top of the tower garners the most attention. Moreover, the ancient citadels in Athens are home to some of the most live buildings of the historical Greek civilization.

You will be astonished to witness the exceptional museums of the city that display fascinating artifacts discovered at local sites. On your list of Historical Places to Visit in Athens Greece, you must also include the Acropolis that offers breathtaking views of the ancient ruins. Therefore, an adventure to Athens is a perfect combination of sightseeing and adventure with numerous places offering some of the remarkable views.

Here is the list of some best historical places to visit in Athens:

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This museum possesses the artefacts that are found in the Acropolis and is immensely insightful. Dive into the Greek history at this archaeological museum that provides knowledge about the objects that date back to almost 1500 years ago. The glorious beauty of this architecture will charm you.

Location: Dionysiou Areopagitou 15, Athina 117 42, Greece.

Best Time to Visit: All year.
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Tower of Winds

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Tower of Winds is an octagonal tower that rests on the base of the three steps. It is one of the Historical Places in Athens Greece that is built with white Pentelic marble. The structure has a conical roof; two Corinthian porches, one on the northeast and one on the northwest side; and a cylindrical annex on the south side.

You will find a relief representation of wind at the head of each of the eight sides. It symbolizes a male figure with suitable attributes, and its name is inscribed on the stone.

Entry Fee: €6 (Full), €3 (Reduced)

Timing:
8 am to 3 pm (Monday to Friday), 8 am to 5 pm (Saturday and Sunday)

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The quaint little village of Anafiotika is a hidden treasure in the city of Athens and is among the most loved Athens attractions. It is set on a hill and possesses striking Cycladic architectures, white houses with flat roofs and vibrant windows and doors of various colours.

Often called the little island, Anafiotiks has some famous Byzantine churches that are worth witnessing. Explore this small oasis of beauty and you can enjoy most spellbinding views from various hills here away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Location: Athens, Greece.

Best Time to Visit: All year.
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Ancient Agora of Athens was an ancient place where people usually gathered and met for assemblies, conferences and also to buy things sometimes. Owing to its name, which means ‘marketplace’ in Greek, it witnessed huge gatherings.

It gets challenging to appreciate the significance of this place without a historical background and so you must know about the place before visiting for an enhanced experience. It is famous for its remarkable buildings and also for the Temple of Hephaestus that stands firm in all its glory.

Location: Adrianou 24, Athina 105 55, Greece.

Best Time to Visit: All year
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Ancient Cemetery of Kerameikos

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Nestled on the north-western edge of the ancient city of Athens, the Ancient Cemetery of Kerameikos is one of the secluded Historical Places in Athens Greece that was first used in the 12th century BC. The cemetery encloses 11 acres of land that becomes completely serene, especially during the winter months.

You will be astonished to know that the cemetery is a place of contrast. During summer, the ground becomes parched and hard-baked, while it is verdant green after the first rain during winters. Therefore, it is one of the most significant archaeological remains of ancient Athens.

Entry Fee: €8 (Full), €4 (Reduced)

Timing:
8 am to 5 pm

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Archaeological Site Mycenae

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The Archaeological Site Mycenae consists of a fortified acropolis, habitational sites, and surrounding funerary. It is the kingdom of the mythical Agamemnon that has become one of the palatial Historical Places in Athens Greece. It dates back to the Middle Bronze Age to the Hellenistic Period.

The site has been listed as the World Heritage Site since 1999 due to the preservation of the imposing ruins that dominated the eastern Mediterranean world. The historical buffs from around the world come to this place to admire the findings of the “Atrides’ treasure”.

Entry Fee: €12 (Full), €6 (Reduced)

Timing:
8 am to 5 pm (winters), 8 am to 7 pm (summers)

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First Cemetery of Athens

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The First Cemetery of Athens is one of those famous historical places in Athens Greece that connects the modern and the ancient worlds. The cemetery pays tribute to the architectural history of the city and boasts beautiful instances of Romantic and Neoclassical features. I Kimomeni (The Sleeping Girl) is the most noteworthy sculpture of a dead young girl buried in the cemetery.

You will find the graves of significant politicians, prime ministers, Greek artists, poets, actors, and musicians lay in their eternal sleep in the cemetery. The regal white sculptures evoke thoughts of ancient Greece, but the First Cemetery of Athens is less than 200 years old.

Timing: 8 am to 8 pm

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Hadrian’s library is one of the famous Athens sightseeing places and makes for one of the major attractions in the city. This is not only a library but also had music and lecture rooms along with a pool.

This library was constructed beautifully but has tarnished and damaged over time with the ravages and destruction caused on the site. However, it is still one of the places to be visited while on a vacation to Athens.

Location: Areos 3, Τ.Κ. 105 55, Athina, Greece.

Best Time to Visit: All year.
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Monastiraki Flea Market

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The Monastiraki Flea Market is the favorite pastime for locals and tourists throughout the year. Although it is one of the most crowded Historical Places in Athens Greece, it sells some of the great conventional stuff. You can shop for the Greece T-Shirt as it will be a great addition to your memory bank.

People also shop for handmade gold and silver jewelry from the jewelry store. There are shops with icons painted by monks from Mount Athos and monasteries, while some are decorated by the armies of artists in workshops. You can shop anything and everything of historical importance from the shops in the Monastiraki Flea Market.

Timing: 8 am to 8 pm

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Known as the highest point in Athens, Mount Lycabettus provides stunning views of the surroundings and is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Athens. Although quite a challenge to climb up the hill possessing a circular path, the walk up is a beautiful experience.

To enjoy the most bewitching views, it is advisable to visit Mount Lycabettus during the sunset and it will leave you mesmerised. You will spot a church of St. George on the top that offers spectacular views of Athens.

Location: Athens, Greece.

Best Time to Visit: September to April.
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With a significant collection of various objects, visiting the National Archaeological Museum provides you with knowledge of the Greek history. It contains some of the most famous sculptures, statues of Zeus, metallurgy collections and beautiful Egyptian arts.

It was initially named as The Central Museum but was later renamed in 1881. This place is sure to intrigue you and is one of the most amazing places to visit in Athens. The collectibles and objects were carefully protected and sealed during the break of World War II.

Location: 28is Oktovriou 44, Athina 106 82, Greece.

Best Time to Visit: All year.
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Odeon of Herodes Atticus is one of the best ampitheatre that allows you to witness the best performances. A radius of 1250 feet and the capacity to accommodate almost 6000 people makes it one of Athens's tourist places to explore.

Marbles and ceramic pieces embrace this place with the white marble that makes it all the more beautiful. Some of the most famous festivals including Athens Art Festival, musical concerts and tragedies can be witnessed here under a stunning starlit sky.

Location: Dionysiou Areopagitou, Athina 105 55, Greece.

Best Time to Visit: May to October.
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Panathenaic Stadium

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The Panathenaic Stadium is a classical, cultural and touristic monument of Greece. It is one of the most famous historical places in Athens Greece, where the Olympic flames set up their journey to the cities of the Olympic Games. The stadium has held several games on its grounds, including track events and championships.

One of the best examples includes ravines running between Gardettos Hill and the low height extra muros of the city. The stadium marks the generosity of Herodes, which resulted in two significant changes to Greek culture. It was this stadium where the Olympic Hymn was heard for the first time.

Entry Fee: €5 (Full), €2.5 (Reduced)
Timing: 8 am to 7 pm (March to October), 8 am to 5 pm (November to February)

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Built in reverence of Goddess Athena, Parthenon is an ancient temple making for one of the best places to see in Athens. Providing glimpses into the Greek history, this temple is a paragon of robustness and has retained its charm over the years.

Although destroyed once, Parthenon has its historical significance intact with the lifelike sculptures alluring the tourists from all over the world. This temple is also a symbol of victory over the Greco-Persian Wars.

Location: Athens 105 58, Greece.

Best Time to Visit: September to April
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Plato’s Academy

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Simply known as The Academy, Plato’s Academy was the prominent school in ancient Athens. Plato is an individual who gave birth to this amazing institution. The land also held informal gatherings where some of his friends came to discuss philosophical issues.

It covered a wide range of topics, such as mathematics, astronomy, philosophy, physics, politics, and much more. This academy is considered to be the first university in the whole world. The road that led the institution was bordered by the gravestones of many Athenians. It will give you chills with the story of funeral games that took place there, along with the Dionysian procession.

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With a huge, open courtyard having a large number of shops in a row, Roman Agora had a fountain that enhanced the beauty of the place. Being one of the famous Athens tourist places, the entrance here also paved a way to the Tower of the Winds that was famous for predicting weather and telling time.

A library was also constructed in close proximity to Roman Agora and it also became the commercial centre of Athens. Various wars caused massive destruction to the site and then it came to be covered with houses, shops, churches and mosques.

Location: Polignoto 3, Athina 105 55, Greece.

Best Time to Visit: All year.
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The central square in Athens, Syntagma Square makes for one of the best places to visit in Athens. All the celebrations in Athens happen here and it is one one of the most loved places in the city. Syntagma Square has an enchanting history and there is also a parliament building on top of the Syntagma.

Location: Athens, Greece.

Best Time to Visit: All year.
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Built in the honour of Athena Nike who is known to be the goddess of victory, this temple holds considerable importance. It is also one of the smallest structures but is a paragon of political and military strength.

This temple has also survived massive attacks and destruction but was rebuilt restoring its importance. It has been built with Pentellic marble and also has sculptural friezes. The temple dates back to the Bronze Age and is home to sculptures of Athena Nike in different presentations.

Location: Acropolis, Dionysiou Areopagitou, Athina 105 58, Greece.

Best Time to Visit: All year.
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Perched on the Agoraios Kolonos hill, this is one of the rare temples that retains its structure and remains untouched by the wars and the destruction. This Temple of Hephaestus, the God of metallurgy and craftsmanship, was built into a church dedicated to St George.

Also known as one of Athens best places to visit, the Temple of Hephaestus was also used as a cemetery to bury non-orthodox Europeans. It is located in the Syntagma Square and is considered to be an important archaeological site. The temple also has an ornamental garden surrounding it now and allures the tourists with its lush greenery.

Location: Athens 105 55, Greece.

Best Time to Visit: September to April.
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One of the best places to visit in Athens, the temple of Olympian Zeus has been named after God Zeus and is also dedicated to him. It is known to be one of the largest temples in the ancient world and possesses an interesting history.

The temple has survived numerous wars and its material was also used to build some of the other architectures. It’s a picturesque site with a propylon gate and corinthian columns.

Location: Athens 105 57, Greece.

Best Time to Visit: All year.
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Temple of Poseidon

One of the other Historical Places to Visit in Athens Greece is the Temple of Poseidon. It was a peripheral building of the Doric order that was built upon the remains of an earlier poros temple whose foundations are still noticeable. The Persians were the cause of the destruction of the temple until it was reconstructed.

Although little is known about the temple, it is certain from its distant visibility that it was a reversed landmark where sailors came or left the safety of the Attica harbors. Even the newest construction of the temple has the remains of the ancient one.

Entry Fee: €4
Timing: 9 am to 8.30 pm

The famous classical plays in Greek were played in the Theatre of Dionysus and is one of the famous Athens attractions. The orchestra was created initially here and was used for the theatre plays and numerous performances to give an enhanced dramatic effect.

It was also used in the festival of the fertility god, Dionysus. Various contests were held in this theatre and it was quite popular among the people then. Plays of Sophocles, Aeschylus etc were performed here and it was capable of accommodating approximately 17000 people in the audience.

Location: Mitseon 25, Athina 117 42, Greece.

Best Time to Visit: All year.
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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a war memorial situated in the Syntagma Square in Athens. Among the other Historical Places in Athens Greece, it is a cenotaph dedicated to the Greek soldiers who were martyred during the war.

The Evzones of the Presidential Guard guard the tomb. The tomb is made up of a large-scale retaining wall of limestone that has a sculpture in the heart of the wall. The sculpture portrays the figure of a naked male warrior that lies on the ground. The right hand of the sculpture rests on the ground beside the spears while the left-hand holds a circular shield.

Timing: Open 24 hours

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  1. Which are the best historical places to visit in Athens Greece with friends?

    1. The Acropolis- The Acropolis is the reminder of the glory of ancient Athens located at the center of the city. The Parthenon Temple is one of the Historical Places in Athens Greece that perched high on a stony crag overlooking for centuries. The north side of the hill reflects some of the spellbinding views of the city.

    2. National Archaeological Museum-
    One of the largest museums in ancient Greece is the National Archaeological Museum, where you will find the greatest antiques in the world. The museum displays over 11000 exhibits in its 8000 square meters of exhibition space. It offers a comprehensive overview of Greek civilization.

    3. Ancient Agora- The ancient Agora is one of the other magnificent Historical Places to Visit in Athens Greece. It was a place of commerce and administration and the meeting place of the Agora tou Dimou. Several theatre performances and athletic events took place in the Ancient Agora.
  2. What are things to do in Athens Greece?

    1. Explore the historical neighborhoods of Athens with a half-day tour- A long walk around the city center, discovering the historic neighborhoods of Athens is one of the best things to do in Greece. You will feel significantly different in the morrow as the nostalgic figures of the building reveal their stories.

    2. Enjoy a picnic in the Diomedes Botanical Gardens of Athens- Going for a picnic at the Diomedes Botanic Garden in Athens is one of the best experiences one can choose to have when in Athens. All you need to do is grab your basket with nice food, drinks, and a tablecloth, and you are good to lie on the grass and gaze at the sun.

    3. Buy a traditional koulouri- If you want to taste the local breakfast while exploring the Historical Places in Athens Greece, you can buy the traditional round sesame bread known as koulouri. It will keep you full on your sightseeing trip to some of the Historical Places to Visit in Athens Greece.
  3. What is Athens Greece famous for?

    Athens Greece is famous for its beautiful public buildings, shops, and public baths. It is also famous for the art, learning, and philosophy that is depicted through the culture of the local people in Athens. People from all over the world visit the place to explore the prominent historical buildings of Greece.
  4. What is the best time to visit Athens, Greece?

    The best time to visit Athens, Greece is between September to November and March to May. During this time, the city experiences spring and fall seasons, which makes the temperature favorable to explore the famous historical places in Athens Greece. The pleasant sunshine allows you to do all the things on your itinerary to Athens Greece.
  5. How many days are enough to visit Athens, Greece?

    Three to four days are enough to visit the historical sites of Athens Greece. If you are a first-time traveler, two days is the best time to explore all the major attractions of the city. Moreover, the people who have extra things planned in their itinerary can stay at most five days in Athens Greece.
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