Ancient Sites

What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others. (Pericles)
There is truth in Pericles’ words: the stories of our ancestors are told through the monuments they inspired; those ancient buildings in Athens & Attica, in turn, inspire us today.
Inspiration has thus come full circle. Thank you, Pericles, for the monuments we now admire, and which, thousands of years ago, were merely an idea in some brilliant mind.

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Aegina
Agistri
Athens
West Suburbs
North Suburbs
East Suburbs
South Suburbs
Piraeus
Poros
Spetses
Hydra
Kythera & Antikythera
Salamina

Acropolis

Athens

The world-famous Acropolis, or Sacred Rock, is a fortified hill towering 156 meters high in the heart of Athens....

Aetionean Gate

Piraeus, South Suburbs

One of the many archaeological sites of Piraeus, the Aetionean Gate, was a great cove of its era....

Aiolou Street

Athens

Three glass pyramids, constructed for the Athens Olympic Games in 2004, mark this historical site....

Akademia Platonos

Athens

Akademia Platonos, an Athenian neighbourhood having experienced intense industrial and residential development....

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Ancient Salamis

Salamina

Described in detail by the Roman traveller Pausanias, the ancient city and harbour of Salamis left behind significant remnants....

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Ancient Troezen

Poros

With an acropolis and powerful fortifications, the ancient city of Troezen was located west of today’s town....

Aphaia

Aegina

From its perch atop a pine-covered hill on the island of Aegina, the imposing temple of the Aphaia watches over the sea....

Cross-Wall Tower in Troezen

Poros

Nearby, an imposing defence tower, known as the ‘Palace of Theseus’, offers a view of Vidi beach where Greek ships once harboured on the eve of the naval battle of Salamis....

Eleusis

Eleusis, West Suburbs

Eleusis is the ancient sacred town of Attica notorious for the cult of Demeter, goddess of the harvest, as well as the popular Eleusinian Mysteries (a hope for life after death)....

Hadrian’s Library

Athens

On Areos Street, opposite the entrance to the Monastiraki Metro Station, lies the archaeological site of Hadrian’s Library....

Ilissos Basilica

Athens

This fifth-century church is dedicated to Saint Leonides, the third-century bishop of Athens....

Kerameikos

Athens

Kerameikos extends over the area to the west of Ancient Agora, including the major cemetery of the ancient city....

Kolona

Kolona

Aegina

On a hillside above the port of Aegina is located the archaeological site of Kolona, where nearly all periods of the island’s long history are represented – from the Neolithic remains of private...

Kotzia Square

Athens

The site provides evidence of everyday Athenian life from Geometric times until the late Roman era....

Medieval Castle of Kythera

Kythera & Antikythera

With its panoramic view of the Aegean, Cretan and Ionian Seas, the castle once controlled the sea lanes of antiquity....

Odeon of Herodes Atticus

Athens

The Odeon of Herodes Atticus, or the Irodeion as it is called today, was built on the south-western slope of the rock of the Acropolis during the Roman era, by the Athenian magnate Herod Atticus....

Plutonian Cave

Eleusis, West Suburbs

The Plutonian Cave was thought to be tied to worship of Pluto, god of the underworld....

Ramnous Archaeological Site

East Suburbs, Marathonas

Prospering over the centuries, the area had been continuously inhabited since Neolithic times, and held a vital strategic position in Attica’s defence....

Socrate’s Prison

Athens

This rock cave, its entrance covered with iron bars, is believed by many to be where Socrates spent his final hours before drinking the fatal poison....

Sounion

East Suburbs

Cape Sounion is one of the most photographed landscapes in Greece. The view here is exquisite, day or night....

St Nicholas of Pallon

South Suburbs

The archaeological site is placed on Marni street at the area of Kavouri. The remains have showed a constant activity from the classical to the byzantine ages....

Stoa of Attalos

Athens

The Stoa of Attalos is the impressive restored building at the eastern side of the Ancient Agora of Athens....

Syntagma Square

Athens

Findings from two fourth-century-BC burial grounds can be viewed at this outdoor archaeological site....

The Ancient Agora

Athens

During the antiquity, the Ancient Agora was the administrative and trade centre of the city; it was this specific function that gave the location its name, which means "marketplace"....

The Ancient Walls of Piraeus

Piraeus, South Suburbs

After their definitive victory over the Persians in the Battle of Plataea, the Athenians fortified the city of Athens and the central harbour, Piraeus, with strong walls....

The Fethiye Mosque

Athens, Monastiraki

The Fethiye (Conqueror’s) Mosque is one of the few remaining Muslim monuments from the Ottoman conquest of Athens....

The Roman Forum

Athens

The Roman Forum is located among the historic Athenian neighbourhoods of Plaka and Monastiraki, and was built during the rule of the Roman Emperor Augustus....

Thoricus Theatre

East Suburbs

The ancient theatre at Thoricus is north of Lavrion, almost adjacent to the city. It is the oldest theatre discovered to date, dated a the end of the Archaic era, between 525 and 480 b.C....

Vravrona

East Suburbs

Unearthed in the 20th Century, Vravrona is an archaeological site, with an excellent museum and an impressive natural environment, the stream of Erassinos crossing the area....