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15 amazing places to see in Athens ❤️

This list of the best places to see in Athenswill help you plan a visit to this amazing city so you don’t miss a thing.

Athens is one of those cities that still retain the glory of the capitals of the great ancient empires.With more than 3,000 years of history, Athens was one of the most important city-states of classical Greece.Thanks to this, Athens has a historic center that will allow you to walk among the most important archaeological remains of history.By the way, as a curiosity, to say that all the important places in Athens can be seen from the outside and are not boarded up or behind a wall, since one of the maxims of the Greeks is that everyone should be able to enjoy culture regardless their social status.

What are those places to visit in Athens that you can’t miss?In this article we will tell you all about them.

The 15 most amazing places to see in Athens

1.The Acropolis of Athens

The Acropolis of Athens tops the list of these essential places to visit in Athens.It is the most important set of temples and monuments in Athens and also the most spectacular.It is the visit in Athens that will take you the longest, so so that you can organize yourself reserve more or less 3 hours, whether you are going to visit Athens in one day or if you are going to stay longer.

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The main temple is the Parthenon, dedicated to the goddess Athena.Unfortunately, this temple suffered an explosion when it was used as a powder keg during the Ottoman occupation.However, it still preserves the main part of the structure, although many of its treasures were scattered throughout the world as loot (if you have been to the British Museum in London you will understand me, since there you can find the friezes of the Acropolis).

Also in the Acropolis you will find some of the most beautiful temples and buildings in Greece, such as the Erechtheion, the Temple of Athena Nike, or the Propylaea, the majestic entrance to the Acropolis.

By the way, on the way to the Acropolis, don’t forget to visit the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, a beautiful stone theater from the year 161 where musical performances were held.Also very close to the Theater of Dionysus, although this is less well preserved.

Selfie at the magnificent Acropolis of Athens

Hours and price to visit the Acropolis:

  • Hours: from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Price: €20 adult |€10 reduced |€30 combined.EU students and those under 18 years of age are free.
  • Recommendations: Bring enough water because, depending on the season, it can be very hot.It is also advisable to get up as early as possible, since the influx of people is very high and it is worth enjoying it with hardly any people first thing in the morning.

2.The Acropolis Museum

Very close to the Acropolis you can find the Acropolis Museum.This museum displays a large number of objects and treasures from the Acropolis, as well as a reproduction of the famous Parthenon friezes.

The museum building is located just 300 meters from the Acropolis and has been converted into one of the most unique modern buildings in the city.It has some 14,000 square meters of exhibition space and its design aims to provide the greatest clarity and natural light possible to observe the pieces it houses.

Among the most important pieces are the Caryatids of the Erechtheion, the figures with original female form found in the Erechtheion temple on the Acropolis, and displayed here to protect them from the elements.

The Parthenon Gallery is also very interesting.This floor plan is large enough to accommodate the entire floor plan of the Acropolis, and on it is the exact reproduction of the frieze of the Acropolis, placed exactly the same way they were originally.

Que ver en Atenas: Museo de la Acrópolis
The Caryatids of the Erechtheion at the Acropolis Museum

Schedule and price to visit the Acropolis Museum:

  • Hours:
    • November to March: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Monday-Thursday);from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Friday);9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday).
    • April to October: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Monday);from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Friday);from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Tuesday-Sunday).
  • Price: €10 in summer / €5 in winter per adult |€5 and €3 reduced, respectively.
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Guided tour of the Acropolis and entrance to the museum

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