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Place Athens

The National Archaeological Museum in Athens houses some of the most important artifacts from a variety of archaeological locations around Greece from prehistory to late antiquity. It is considered one of the greatest museums in the world and contains the richest collection of Greek Antiquity artifacts worldwide. It is situated in the Exarcheia area in central Athens between Epirus Street, Bouboulinas Street and Tositsas Street while its entrance is on the Patission Street adjacent to the historical building of the Athens Polytechnic university.

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1.5km
Theatre of Dionysus

Discover Theatre of Dionysus in Athens, Greece: Heralded as the world's first theater, these ruins are often overlooked as they reside in the shadows of the Acropolis.

Atlas Obscura 2019
1.94km
Petraki Monastery

Discover Petraki Monastery in Athens, Greece: The oldest standing Byzantine church in Athens is tucked within a monastery in the middle of an upscale shopping district.

Atlas Obscura 2019
1.03km
Fethiye Mosque

Discover Fethiye Mosque in Athens, Greece: This historic structure has been used as a mosque, a barracks, a prison, a school, and a bakery.

Audio Guide
0.9km
Audio Guide
Tour over Athens
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Atlas Obscura 2020
1.93km
Parilissia Iera

Discover Parilissia Iera in Athens, Greece: An often overlooked ancient site in downtown Athens with substantial history (and nature).

Brutalism
0.56km
Bank of Piraeus Headquarters (today Alpha Bank)
Post 2020
0.03km
Explore Ancient Athens 3D, a Digital Reconstruction of the Greek City-State at the Height of Its Influence
Atlas Obscura 2018
2.39km
Wax Museum of Andreas Syggros

Discover Wax Museum of Andreas Syggros in Athens, Greece: A grotesque collection of wax limbs depicting the symptoms of venereal disease.

Atlas Obscura 2021
1.47km
Botanical Museum of the National Garden

Discover Botanical Museum of the National Garden in Athens, Greece: This small museum once served as a royal hunting pavilion for King Otto Friedrich Ludwig.

Atlas Obscura 2018
1.04km
The Old Madrasa of Athens

Discover Old Madrasa of Athens in Athens, Greece: The ruined doorway is a portal to the building's turbulent and torturous past.

Atlas Obscura 2018
1.04km
Agia Dynami

Discover Agia Dynami in Athens, Greece: This small 16th-century church in Athens is almost entirely surrounded by a modern building.

Atlas Obscura 2021
1.43km
Kostis Palamas House

Discover Kostis Palamas House in Athens, Greece: The home of Greece’s national poet sits crumbling in the middle of a popular tourist district.

Audio Guide
1.35km
Audio Guide
Exploring ancient Greece
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Atlas Obscura 2018
1.45km
St. Catherine’s Greek Orthodox Church

Discover St. Catherine's Greek Orthodox Church in Athens, Greece: A Byzantine church containing the holy remnants of three saints sits atop the site of an ancient temple.

Atlas Obscura 2018
2.19km
First Cemetery of Athens

Discover First Cemetery of Athens in Athens, Greece: The oldest cemetery of modern-day Athens blends the modern and ancient worlds.

Atlas Obscura 2018
1.36km
Hadrian’s Reservoir

Discover Hadrian's Reservoir in Athens, Greece: This ancient hydrological marvel is now the base of a modern outdoor cinema.

Atlas Obscura 2020
0.51km
Church of Agia Kyriaki

Discover Church of Agia Kyriaki in Athens, Greece: A tiny Greek Orthodox church from the Ottoman era hides on a busy city street.

Atlas Obscura 2021
1.67km
Stones of Frederica

Discover Stones of Frederica in Athens, Greece: Elaborate stone houses constructed from the ruins of war.

Atlas Obscura 2021
1.93km
Temple of Artemis Agrotera

Discover Temple of Artemis Agrotera in Athens, Greece: The only ancient site that remains on the south bank of the sacred Ilissos river.

Atlas Obscura 2019
1.66km
Church of Agios Dimitrios Loumbardiaris (Saint Demetrius the Bombardier)

Discover Church of Agios Dimitrios Loumbardiaris (Saint Demetrius the Bombardier) in Athens, Greece: A Byzantine-era church hidden in a wooded area below the Acropolis.

Atlas Obscura 2018
1.52km
Lycabettus Funicular

Discover Lycabettus Funicular in Athens, Greece: The railway carts travelers to central Athens's highest peak, which offers stunning vistas of the city.

Atlas Obscura 2018
0.72km
The Athens Polytechnic Monument

Discover The Athens Polytechnic Monument in Athens, Greece: A crushed gate and giant bronze head serve as a reminder of Greece's fight for freedom.

Atlas Obscura 2020
1.4km
Ancient Ruins on Selley Street

Discover Ancient Ruins on Selley Street in Athens, Greece: These ancient ruins hide in plain sight next to a dessert shop.

Atlas Obscura 2021
1.5km
Amalias 42

Discover Amalias 42 in Athens, Greece: This building displays the scars of the “Dekemvriana,” a dark time in modern Greek history.

Atlas Obscura 2018
1.65km
Holy Church of the Archangels

Discover Holy Church of the Archangels in Athens, Greece: This small chapel holds the mummified heart of one of the heroes of the Greek Revolution.

Atlas Obscura 2020
1.33km
Proteichisma on Erysichthonos Street

Discover Proteichisma on Erysichthonos Street in Athens, Greece: The ruins of this ancient fortification wall sit in the middle of a quiet, residential intersection.

Brutalism
2.32km
Fix Brewery (Today National Museum of Contemporary Art)
Atlas Obscura 2020
1.56km
House of Proclus

Discover House of Proclus in Athens, Greece: Underneath one of the region's most historic roads lies the home of Plato's successor.

Atlas Obscura 2018
0.56km
Fallen Aviators Monument

Discover Fallen Aviators Monument in Athens, Greece: This striking sculpture of Icarus honors Greece's fallen flyers.

Atlas Obscura 2019
1.82km
Divani Palace Acropolis Fortification Wall

Discover Divani Palace Acropolis Fortification Wall in Athens, Greece: A preserved portion of an ancient Athens barrier is displayed in a hotel basement.

Atlas Obscura 2019
0.58km
Klafthmonos Square Parking Structure Fortification Walls

Discover Klafthmonos Square Parking Structure Fortification Walls in Athens, Greece: Preserved portions of Athens's ancient defenses are on display in a subterranean parking garage.

Atlas Obscura 2018
1.45km
Choragic Monument of Lysicrates

Discover Choragic Monument of Lysicrates in Athens, Greece: The only surviving choragic monument is a trophy awarded in 334 BC for the winning dramatic chorus.

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