Plaka: Athens' Most Picturesque Neighborhood Features Many Historic Attractions



Plaka is considered the most romantic neighborhood of Athens and you can see the Acropolis from various angles just strolling through the streets. The shadow of this magnificent monuments falls over old and new buildings, over the temples and the ruins, the cafes and restaurants, the shops and stalls. Lysicrates monument on a central street is one of the best preserved monuments in Athens and is a landmark in the area. The impressive Tower of the Winds, or Aerides as it is called in Greek, stands out for its beautiful frieze depicting the different winds. The temple of Olympian Zeus, dedicated to the father of all the ancient Greek gods, is an impressive structure which still exudes power and magnificence. Hadrians Arch, on the western side of the temple of Zeus, was built in 131 A.D. by the Athenians  as a triumphal arch in honor of the great Roman Emperor Hadrian, benefactor of the city. The Theatre of Dionysus, right below the Acropolis, played an important role in the entertainment of ancient Athens. The Ancient Agora, with the renowned Attalus Stoa, includes a complex structure of buildings, which in ancient times were used to deposit the state archives.  The temple of Hephaestus in Thission, built in Doric style, is  dedicated to the ancient Greek god of fire and Athena, goddess of wisdom. The churches of Saint Nicholas Ragavas and Metochion of the Holy Sepulcher are of great historical interest


Saint Nicholas Ragavas
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The Byzantine Imperial church of Saint Nicholas Ragavas is situated right at the foot of the Acropolis, in the Anafiotika district, close to the Lysicrates monument and is one of the most well known historical churches in Plaka. This church,...  Read More


Metochion of the Holy Sepulcher
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The Metochion of the Holy Sepulcher in the picturesque district of Anafiotika in Plaka originally opened as a convent in the 17th century and is known also as Agioi Anargyroi Kolokinthi. This single aisle basilica has functioned as an embassy...  Read More


Ancient Agora
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The Ancient Agora, with the renowned Attalus Stoa, includes a complex structure of buildings, which in ancient times were used to deposit the state archives amongst other things. Buildings include temples, the Vouleftirion, the Tholos, where the...  Read More


Lysicrates Monument
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The choragic monument of Lysicrates is on central Tripodon street in Plaka and was built by Lysikrates in 335-334 B.C. as is mentioned on the epigraph. Choragic monuments in ancient Greece were built by the choregos, the sponsor who paid for...  Read More


Tower of the Winds
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The Tower of the Winds is an octagonal marble tower, situated right next to the Roman Forum in Plaka and was built by the astronomer Andronikos Kyrrestos in the 1st century B.C. A frieze on the upper part depicts the winds, their symbols and...  Read More


Theater of Dionysos
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The Theatre of Dionysus, right below the Acropolis, played an important role in the entertainment of ancient Athens. The celebrations for the great god Dionysus, protector of vines and scenic art, which were held here, were the forerunners of...  Read More


Hadrian's Arch
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Hadrians Arch, on the western side of the temple of Zeus, was built in 131 A.D. by the Athenians as a triumphal arch in honor of the great Roman Emperor Hadrian, benefactor of the city. The famous marble from mount Penteli still maintains some...  Read More


Temple of Hephaestus
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The temple of Hephaestus in Thission, built in Doric style, dedicated to the ancient Greek god of fire and Athena, goddess of wisdom, was built in 449 B.C. by the same architect who built the temple of Poseidon in Sounio. The sculptured metopes...  Read More


Temple of Olympian Zeus
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The temple of Olympius Zeus, dedicated to the father of all the ancient Greek gods, is an impressive structure which still exudes power and magnificence. The construction of the temple was concluded by the Roman Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd...  Read More


Acropolis
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The Acropolis, considered the emblem of the city of Athens is a complex of temples built on a high rock structure, symbol of the Golden Age of Pericles. The Parthenon, dedicated to the goddess of wisdom Athena is still considered sacred ground...  Read More


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Meet Nelly Paraskevopoulou

Born and bred in Athens, Nelly went on the move after finishing high school and spending some years working in textiles.  For her, Italy was the next chapter. But, after 12 years, it was back...  More About Nelly

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