Must-see attractions in Athens

  • ATHENS, GREECE - OCTOBER 19, 2016: The Acropolis Museum is an archaeological museum focused on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens in Greece.
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    Acropolis Museum

    Acropolis Area

    This dazzling museum at the foot of the Acropolis' southern slope showcases its surviving treasures. The collection covers the Archaic period to the Roman…

  • Parthenon.


    Acropolis Area

    Designed to be the pre-eminent monument of the Acropolis, the Parthenon epitomises the glory of Ancient Greece. Meaning 'virgin's apartment', it's…

  • Erechtheion Temple (or Erechtheum) with the figures of Caryatids at the archaeological site of Acropolis in Athens, Greece at sunset. It was dedicated to both Athena and Poseidon. Golden soft light; Shutterstock ID 2144514097; your: Erin Lenczycki; gl: 65050; netsuite: Digital; full: Digital


    Acropolis Area

    The Acropolis is the most important ancient site in the Western world. Crowned by the Parthenon, it stands sentinel over Athens, visible from almost…

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Old columns in the ancient grave yard at Keramikos Archaeological Site.


    Gazi, Keramikos & Metaxourgio

    This lush, tranquil site is named for the potters who settled it around 3000 BC. It was used as a cemetery through the 6th century AD. The grave markers…

  • Odeon of Agrippa statues in the Ancient Agora of Athens, Greece
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    Ancient Agora


    The Agora was ancient Athens' heart, the lively hub of administrative, commercial, political and social activity. Socrates expounded his philosophy here;…

  • ATHENS, GREECE - APRIL 8, 2011: Statue of hunter on the horse killing lion in Byzantine and Christian Museum in Athens; Shutterstock ID 1701764272; your: Erin Lenczycki; gl: 65050; netsuite: digital; full: poi
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    Byzantine & Christian Museum


    This outstanding museum, based in the 1848 Villa Ilissia, offers exhibition halls, most of them underground, crammed with religious art. The exhibits go…

  • G2NPXM Traditional Greek costumes on display at The Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece
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    Benaki Museum of Greek Culture


    In 1930 Antonis Benakis – a politician's son born in Alexandria, Egypt, in the late 19th century – endowed what is perhaps the finest museum in Greece…

  • Ceramic vase like hedgehog in National Archaeological Museum, Athens, Greece. Remains of famous Ancient Greek culture. Old artifact,  historical dishes, crockery and pottery.  Athens - May 7, 2018; Shutterstock ID 1522798868; your: Erin Lenczycki; gl: 65050; netsuite: digital; full: poi
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    National Archaeological Museum


    Housing the world's finest collection of Greek antiquities in an enormous neoclassical building, this museum is one of Athens' top attractions. Treasures…

  • Columns at the Temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens.
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    Temple of Olympian Zeus

    Syntagma & Plaka

    A can't-miss on two counts: it's a marvellous temple, once the largest in Greece, and it's smack in the centre of Athens. Of the temple's 104 original…

  • Panoramic view of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus at the Acropolis of Athens, Greece. It is one of the main landmarks of Athens. Scenic panorama of Herod Atticus Odeon overlooking Athens city in summer.
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    Odeon of Herodes Atticus

    Acropolis Area

    This large amphitheatre was built in AD 161 by wealthy Roman Herodes Atticus in memory of his wife Regilla. It was excavated in 1857–58 and completely…

  • 11.03.2018 Athens, Greece - Gate of Athena Archegetis, on the winds square (plateia aeridon) below the Acropolis of Athens.; Shutterstock ID 1053590486; your: Barbara Di Castro; gl: 65050; netsuite: digital; full: poi

    Roman Agora


    This was the city’s market area under Roman rule, and it occupied a much larger area than the current site borders. You can see a lot from outside the…

  • Sculptures are seen during a preview of the exhibition "Kallos, The Ultimate Beauty" at the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens, Greece, on Sept. 27, 2021. A new exhibition by the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens invites visitors to reflect on their personal notion of ultimate beauty by taking them on a time-travel in ancient Greece. Through 300 antiquities gathered from 52 museums, Ephorates of Antiquities and collections in Greece, Italy and the Vatican, the exhibition entitled "Kallos, The Ultimate Beauty," presents what this concept meant in everyday life and the philosophical discourse in ancient Greece, the organizers told a press conference on Monday. (Photo by Marios Lolos/Xinhua via Getty Images)

    Museum of Cycladic Art


    The 1st floor of this exceptional private museum is dedicated to the iconic minimalist marble Cycladic figurines, dating from 3000 BC to 2000 BC. They…

  • Church of Agios Dimitrios Loumbardiaris near Filopappou hill; Shutterstock ID 1666148053; your: Barbara Di Castro; gl: 65050; netsuite: digitl; full: POI

    Church of Agios Dimitrios Loumbardiaris


    At the foot of Filopappou Hill, this 16th-century church may not be the oldest in Athens, but it is certainly one of the loveliest, with a heavy timber…

  • Athens, Attica / Greece - 2018/04/03: Arch of Hadrian known as Hadrian’s Gate as gateway to Temple of Olympian Zeus, Olympieion, in ancient city center old town borough; Shutterstock ID 1730853691; your: Barbara Di Castro; gl: 65050; netsuite: digital; full: poi

    Hadrian’s Arch

    Syntagma & Plaka

    The Roman emperor Hadrian had a great affection for Athens. Although he did his fair share of spiriting its Classical artwork to Rome, he also embellished…

  • Athens, Greece - December 28, 2017: Exposition of the Museum of Islamic Art in Athens, Greece.

    Museum of Islamic Art

    Gazi, Keramikos & Metaxourgio

    While not particularly large, this museum houses a significant collection of Islamic art. Four floors of a mansion display, in ascending chronological…

  • A verdant archway full of plants at the National Garden in Athens

    National Garden

    Syntagma & Plaka

    The former royal gardens, designed by Queen Amalia in 1838, are a pleasantly unkempt park that makes a welcome shady refuge from summer heat and traffic…

  • 2E6AXR9 Detail of a 19th century laghouto, or lute, inlaid with ivory and tortoise shell, displayed at the Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments (MELMOKE) in Athens February 15, 2015. Tucked away in a corner of Athens' historic Plaka district is the small MELMOKE where visitors are treated to rows of wood and bone flutes, pottery drums called toumbeleki, and gaida - bagpipes made of sheep or goat skins. The laghouto is said to have been made by luthier Manolis Venios of Constantinople (present day Istanbul), a master craftsman whose works now sell for many thousands of dollars. Picture taken Februa

    Museum of Greek Popular Instruments

    Syntagma & Plaka

    A single avid ethnomusicologist collected almost 1200 folk instruments; the best are on display in three floors of this house-turned-museum. Headphones…

  • Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation


    Opened in October 2019, this new museum showcases the collection of modern and contemporary artworks belonging to shipping magnate Basil Goulandris and…

  • Greece, Athens, Panathenaic Stadium

    Panathenaic Stadium


    With its serried rows of white Pentelic marble seats built into a ravine next to Ardettos Hill, this ancient-turned-modern stadium is a draw both for…

  • TAF


    Whether you want a shot of art, a clever design morsel or a refreshing drink, stop in at TAF, a just-barely updated complex of 1870s brick buildings. The…

  • Stavros Niarchos Park


    Athens is short on green spaces, so this vast seaside park is a blessing. Covering a man-made slope that incorporates the roof of the Stavros Niarchos…

  • Temple of Athena Nike

    Acropolis Area

    The small but exquisitely proportioned Temple of Athena Nike sits at the southwest edge of the Acropolis, jutting in front and to the right of the…

  • Theatre of Dionysos, showing its architectural evolution and transformation from the fifth century B.C. through the Roman Imperial period, on the south slope of the Acropolis, Athens.

    Theatre of Dionysos

    Acropolis Area

    The tyrant Peisistratos introduced the annual Festival of the Great Dionysia during the 6th century BC, and held it in the world's first theatre, on the…


    Tower of the Winds


    This Pentelic marble tower within the Roman Agora, likely built in the 2nd century BC, is both beautiful and functional. Devised by Andronicus, a…

  • Temple of Hephaestus at Ancient Agora, the best preserved Doric temple in Greece.

    Temple of Hephaistos


    On the western edge of the Ancient Agora, the Temple of Hephaistos, god of the forge, was surrounded by foundries and metalwork shops. It was one of the…

  • Lykavittos Hill and Athens urban sprawl viewed from the Acropolis.

    Lykavittos Hill


    The 277m summit of Lykavittos – 'Hill of Wolves', from ancient times, when it was wilder than it is now – gives the finest panoramas of the city and the…

  • September 25, 2015: Statue at the National Library of Greece in Panepistimio.

    National Library of Greece


    In 2018, the National Library shifted more than 720,000 items from its collection to this stunning new building that is part of the Stavros Niarchos…

  • A decorative sphere at the exhibition centre Technopolis at Gazi.

    Industrial Gas Museum

    Gazi, Keramikos & Metaxourgio

    It's fascinating to follow the walking route that runs through the old gasworks in Gazi, in operation from 1862 until 1984. The preserved complex of…

  • Propylaia

    Acropolis Area

    The Propylaia formed the monumental entrance to the Acropolis. Built by Mnesicles between 437 BC and 432 BC, it ranks in architectural brilliance with the…

  • Agora Museum


    Within the Ancient Agora, this museum is packed with archaeological finds, but can get uncomfortably crowded if a tour group is cycling through. It is set…

  • Jewish Museum

    Syntagma & Plaka

    This small museum traces the history of the Jewish community in Greece – starting with the deeply rooted Romaniote community established in the 3rd…

  • Anafiotika

    Syntagma & Plaka

    Clinging to the north slope of the Acropolis, the tiny Anafiotika district is a beautiful, architecturally distinct subdistrict of Plaka. In the mid-1800s…

  • Benaki Museum at 138 Pireos St

    Gazi, Keramikos & Metaxourgio

    While the main Benaki Museum of Greek Culture displays the classical and traditional, this annexe focuses on modern and inventive. Apart from a few…

  • Presidential Guard

    Syntagma & Plaka

    Get a close-up look at the evzones, the traditionally dressed Greek soldiers, standing in front of their main barracks and, further down Irodou Attikou,…

  • Athens' First Cemetery


    Under Ottoman rule, Greeks buried their dead at their local church. Only after independence in 1821 was this city cemetery established. It's a peaceful…

  • The Porch of the Caryatids, six maidens holding aloft the southern portico of the Erechtheion sanctuary in the Acropolis.


    Acropolis Area

    Although the Parthenon was the most impressive monument of the Acropolis, it was more showpiece than working sanctuary. That role fell to the Erechtheion…

  • View of Acropolis from Areopagus Hill.

    Areopagus Hill

    Acropolis Area

    This rocky outcrop below the Acropolis has great views over the Ancient Agora. According to mythology, it was here that Ares was tried by the council of…

  • Moni Kaisarianis


    Nestled on the lower slope of Mt Hymettos east of the city, this beautiful 11th-century working monastery is maintained as a well-restored archaeological…

  • 2G6CNWA The new, fully renovated National Gallery of Athens, and in the foreground a part of the Glass Runner, a famous glass statue and modern landmark.
National Sculpture & Art Gallery

    National Sculpture & Art Gallery


    While the National Gallery is being rebuilt, a small portion of the collection is on display at the National Sculpture Gallery, in the former royal…

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