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  • 1. Acropolis

    Acropolis | 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 | 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. Benizelos Mansion

    Plaka | Historic Home

    Known as "the oldest house in Athens," this Byzantine mansion was once the home of the prestigious Benizelos Paleologou family, and Athens'...Read More

  • 6. Filopappou

    Acropolis | Viewpoint

    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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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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  • 10. Mt. Lycabettus

    Kolonaki | Viewpoint

    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

  • 11. 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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  • 12. 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

  • 13. National Garden

    Syntagma | Garden

    When you can't take the city noise anymore, step into this oasis completed in 1860 as part of King Otto and Queen Amalia's royal holdings. Here...Read More

  • 14. 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

  • 15. Odeon of Herodes Atticus

    Acropolis | Arts/Performance Venue

    Hauntingly beautiful, this ancient theater was built in AD 160 by the affluent Herodes Atticus in memory of his wife, Regilla. Known as the...Read More

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  • 16. Roman Agora

    Plaka | Ruins

    The city's commercial center from the 1st century BC to the 4th century AD, the Roman Market was a large rectangular courtyard with a peristyle...Read More

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  • 17. 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

  • 18. 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

  • 19. 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

  • 20. 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

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