HISTORIC DISTRICT


THE HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT & ERMOU STREET

Begin your stroll from Syntagma Square, where you can watch the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front of the Greek Parliament. After your souvenir photo next to the immovable statuette guards, take Ermou Street, one of the busiest shopping spots in Athens, towards Monastiraki.

Treat yourselves to fashion items, apparel, electronics and books. In the middle of the street you will come across one of the most prominent Byzantine monuments in Athens, the church of Panagia Kapnikarea, dedicated to Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Turn left at Mitropoleos street and enjoy a leisurely walk amongst restaurants and shops and end up at Mitropoleos Square with the majestic cathedral (Mitropolis) of Athens and the historic and elegant Agios Eleftherios church.

From here, walk straight to Pandrossou street. This is a narrow pedestrian street where you can discover all sorts of souvenir shops and a large number of stores preserving their tradition in sandal making and other leather articles.

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Several workshops situated on Adrianou, Normanou and Theklas streets are willing to create your personalized order of ancient Greek-style sandals. Lots of superstars – The Beatles, Jackie Kennedy, Barbra Streisand, Rudolf Nureyev, Anthony Quinn, Sophia Loren - have chosen to wear them over time. Will you be able to resist buying your own pair?

NATIONAL GARDEN

National Garden is a marvelous park, open to the public from sunrise to sunset, located in the heart of Athens, just behind the Greek Parliament. What were once, the Old Palace and the Royal Garden, the getaway of Queen Amalia and King Otto, is now a delightful, shady refuge for Athenians and visitors during the hot summer months.

Initially, the Gardens reserved more than 500 different species of plants and presented diversity in animals, yet the Mediterranean climate allowed some of them to survive and blossom, in the Athenian environment.

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Sit on a bench and feed the stray cats, overhear old men arguing politics, see runners counting jog laps and finally make a lunch break at the leafy Garden Café.

PANATHENAIC STADIUM

Travel back in time and find out where the first Modern Olympic Games took place in 1896 by visiting the imposing Panathenaic Stadium. Also known as ‘The Callimarmaron’, which means ‘beautiful marble’ this is a classical Greek monument, a venue designed for noble competition and fair play of mind and body.

Climb to the upper tier of stand 21 and take in the spectacular views of the Acropolis, the Parthenon, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Zappeion, the National Garden and Lycabettus Hill.

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If you feel energetic you can go for a run around the stadium, on the footsteps of great athletes!

ZAPPEION

In 1888, Zappeion, the first building specifically erected for the modern Olympic Games opened the doors. Designed by the Danish architect Theopill Hansen and funded by Zappas family, the Hall has hosted a number of historical events during modern times. Nowadays, Zappeion operates as an exhibition and conferences center and a beautiful landmark of the city, fulfilling the donor's initial will.

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While you ‘re there, make a lunch break at the leafy terrace of Aegli Zappeiou Restaurant that offers spectacular views of the Acropolis while celebrating the tastes and aromas of Greece.

NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

One of the most important archaeological museums in the world, the Archaeological Museum of Athens houses the finest antiquities all over Greece.

Well-curated exhibitions guide you through magnificent findings, exceptional sculptures, detailed pottery, Avant-garde jewelry, frescoes and artifacts dating back to antiquity and the classic times.

All exhibits include significant findings from the Prehistoric era and present the development of ancient Greek sculpture.

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A visit at the Archaeological Museum of Athens requires plenty of time, since it is considered one of the biggest museums in the world. Make sure you keep your agenda empty during your visit's day.

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