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  • 1. Acropolis

    Acropolis | Archaeological Site/Ruins

    You don't have to look far in Athens to encounter perfection. Towering above all—both physically and spiritually—stands the Acropolis, a millennia...Read More

  • 2. Acropolis Museum

    Acropolis | Museum/Gallery

    Designed by the celebrated Swiss architect Bernard Tschumi in collaboration with Greek architect Michalis Fotiadis, the Acropolis Museum made...Read More

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  • 3. Ancient Agora

    Monastiraki | Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The commercial hub of ancient Athens, the Agora was once lined with statues and expensive shops, the favorite strolling ground of fashionable...Read More

  • 4. Benaki Museum

    Kolonaki | Museum/Gallery

    Greece's oldest private museum received a spectacular addition in 2004, with a hypermodern new branch that looks like it was airlifted in from...Read More

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  • 5. Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum

    Makriyianni | Museum/Gallery

    Housing the creations of internationally renowned artist-jeweler Ilias Lalaounis, this private foundation also operates as an international...Read More

  • 6. Mt. Lycabettus

    Kolonaki | Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    Myth claims that Athens's highest hill came into existence when Athena removed a piece of Mt. Pendeli, intending to boost the height of her...Read More

  • 7. Museum of Cycladic Art

    Kolonaki | Museum/Gallery

    Funded by one of Greece's richest families, this museum has an outstanding collection of 350 Cycladic artifacts dating from the Bronze Age,...Read More

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  • 8. National Archaeological Museum

    Exarcheia | Museum/Gallery

    Many of the greatest achievements in ancient Greek sculpture and painting are housed here in the most important museum in Greece. Artistic highlights...Read More

  • 9. Numismatic Museum Iliou Melathron

    Syntagma | Museum/Gallery

    Even those uninterested in coins might want to visit this museum for a glimpse of the former home of Heinrich Schliemann, who famously excavated...Read More

  • 10. Varvakeios Agora

    Monastiraki | Market/Bazaar

    Athens's cacophonous Central Market runs along Athinas Street: on one side are open-air stalls selling fruit and vegetables, with a few stores...Read More

  • 11. B&M Theocharakis Foundation

    Kolonaki | Arts/Performance Venue

    A key reference point for Athens's culture vultures, this private nonprofit foundation focuses on the visual arts and music, with a special...Read More

  • 12. Benaki Museum of Islamic Art

    Gazi-Kerameikos | Museum/Gallery

    Housed in a gleaming white neoclassical mansion with a sweeping view of the Kerameikos cemetery (that can be relished over coffee at the rooftop...Read More

  • 13. Byzantine and Christian Museum

    Kolonaki | Museum/Gallery

    One of the few museums in Europe focusing exclusively on Byzantine art displays an outstanding collection of icons, mosaics, tapestries, and...Read More

  • 14. Center of Folk Art and Tradition

    Plaka | Museum/Gallery

    Exhibits in the neoclassical family mansion of folklorist Angeliki Hatzimichali (1895–1965) include detailed costumes, ceramic plates from Skyros...Read More

  • 15. Filopappou

    Acropolis | Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    This summit includes Lofos Mousson (Hill of the Muses), whose peak offers the city's best view of the Parthenon. Also there is the Monument...Read More

  • 16. Flea Market

    Monastiraki | Market/Bazaar

    Here is where the chaos, spirit, and charm of Athens turn into a feast for the senses. The Sunday-morning market has combined sight, sound,...Read More

  • 17. Gennadius Library

    Kolonaki | Library/Archive

    Book lovers who ascend the grand staircase into the hallowed aura of the Reading Room may have difficulty tearing themselves away from this...Read More

  • 18. Hadrian's Arch

    Makriyianni | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    One of the most important Roman monuments surviving in Athens, Hadrian's Arch has become, for many, one of the city's most iconic landmarks...Read More

  • 19. Kanellopoulos Museum

    Plaka | Museum/Gallery

    The stately Michaleas Mansion, built in 1884, now showcases the Kanellopoulos family collection. It spans Athens's history from the 3rd century...Read More

  • 20. Kerameikos Cemetery

    Gazi-Kerameikos | Cemetery

    At the western edge of the modern Gazi district lies the wide, ancient green expanse of Kerameikos, the main cemetery in ancient Athens until...Read More

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