This itinerary introduces you to a more contemporary slice of Athens. We’ll begin from the Evangelismos metro station and proceed along one of Athens’ most cultured avenues, passing the War Museum and shortly afterwards, the Byzantine and Christian Museum. This landmark-rich district is also home to Aristotle's Lyceum—the archaeological site of the fabled philosopher´s academy.
As we near the heartland of our route, the National Garden, we will admire two important national edifices, the Maximos Mansion (seat of the Greek Prime Minister) and Presidential Mansion. Walking down Irodou Attikou Street, we can snatch some time for a stroll in the National Garden, enjoying a cool and peaceful reprieve from the spirited city centre. At the end of this prominent street, awaits the Panathenaic Stadium, also known as Kallimarmaro—meaning “beautiful marble” in Greek. This stadium was the site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896.
Returning to the National Garden to visit Zappeion, we can shift course to visit the archaeological highlight of the Olympieion and the imposing Temple of Olympian Zeus with its soaring columns, boldly etched against the urban skyline. Here, we will also gaze upon Emperor Hadrian's Arch.
Completing our itinerary, let’s linger for a while in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Presidential Guard (Evzones) who stand silent sentinel outside the Hellenic Parliament. The hourly changing of the guards is one of the most photographed sights in Athens, after the Acropolis. The Parliament is now housed in the former palace of King Otto (which is why most of the streets in our itinerary are named after kings and queens).
This famous landmark is directly opposite Syntagma Square and the Syntagma metro station, from which we can depart.