2 Akrópoli (Acropolis)
3 Ethnikó Archaiologikó Mouseío (National Archeological Museum)
4 Kéntro Meletón Akropóleos (Acropolis Study Centre)
5 Lykavittós (Lykabettos Hill)
6 Mouseío Ellinikís Laografias (Museum of Greek Folk Art)
7 Mouseío Ellinikón Mousikon Orgánon (Museum of Greek Musical Instruments)
8 Mouseío Kykladikís kai Archaías Ellinikís Téchnis (Museum of Cycladic Art)
10 Stádio (Olympic Stadium)
Acropolis and Byzantine Church
After the Acropolis, the market place of ancient Athens is the other 'must see'. It features some good remains and a fine, small museum.
Imagine the Agorá (Agora) filled with stalls and shops, its streets and squares packed with buyers and sellers. It helps to buy a plan or to consult one of the information boards dotted around the site. The area was first used as a market place in about the 6th century BC; before that it was a cemetery. The site was at the heart of Athenian life for centuries, along with the Acropolis, which rises behind it. In fact, a good overview of the Agora can be had from the Acropolis, or from the neighbouring Areopagos.At ground level the foundations of many buildings are still evident, with signs in English for some of them. Two buildings dominate opposite ends of the site. One is the Temple of Hephaistos, and the other the Stoa Atallou (Stoa of Attalos), which contains the Agora's excellent little museum. The Stoa is a two-storey arcade, first built in the 2nd century BC, which has been immaculately restored by the American School of Archaeology in Athens, giving us a rare opportunity to see what Greek buildings of the period actually looked like. Inside, the museum is full of quirky finds that bring old Athens to life: a child's commode, a fragment of a library rule-book, a machine used for the selection of officials. Between the museum and the Acropolis is another restored building, the Church of the Holy Apostles.
Address: Adrianou 24
Open: Tue-Sun 8:30-2:45. Closed public holidays
Admission: Expensive; free Sun
Other: Monastiráki, Acropolis, Pláka