Athens archaeological sites

Below, you have the Athens archaeological sites which you should make the time to visit on your Greece vacation. For each Athens archaeological site, you have:

  • an image and the name of the Athens archaeological site;
  • a short description of the archaeological site;
  • visiting information including opening times, ticket prices, address and map location, telephone if available, and details on how to get there using public transport.


Athens archaeological sites (Table of contents)

1. Acropolis of Athens
2. Ancient Agora
3. Areopagus Hill
4. Kerameikos
5. Roman Forum
6. Temple of Olympian Zeus



People visiting the Acropolis of Athens

Acropolis of Athens

The citadel and the sanctuary of the city in antiquity, the Acropolis is the holy rock of Athens where you can visit the iconic Parthenon.

The marble works of art were raised at the end of the 5th century BC, during the Golden Age of Athens (the rule of Pericles). Most of the temples on the Acropolis were built in honor of Athena, the patron of the city of Athens. Their sheer size makes them impressive, but they are also worthy of admiration for their beautiful statues of the gods.

Visit the Acropolis of Athens either in the morning or in the evening, to avoid the heat during the day and the large number of visitors.

Make sure to take a bottle of water with you, as the prices practiced by the establishments on the Acropolis are very high. You can also refill the bottle on your way up the Acropolis of Athens.

Save money with the combined ticket of € 30.00 (reduced
€ 15.00)! It covers the access to the Ancient Agora, Kerameikos, the Roman Forum and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. It is also valid for a week.

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Ancient Agora of Athens

Ancient Agora of Athens

Founded in the 6th century BC, this archaeological site was once the commercial, political, financial, and religious center of Ancient Athens for over 1000 years. This is the place where Socrates used to address the people, and where St. Paul held his sermons.

The best place to see the Basileus Porticle is Adrianou Street. Another reason to take a stroll on Adrianou Street is to try traditional Greek food and drinks at one of its many taverns.

Save money with the combined ticket of € 30.00 (reduced
€ 15.00)! It covers the access to the Acropolis of Athens, Kerameikos, the Roman Forum and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. It is also valid for a week.

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woman on top of Areopagus Hill, one of Athens archaeological sites

Areopagus Hill (Mars Hill)

Areopagus Hill, also known as Mars Hill, is where the court of ancient Athens was located. It offers the best view over the Agora of Athens.

On this cliff, you can see people praying or singing hymns. Pilgrims from all over the world follow the steps of St. Paul to this place. The Bible claims Areopagus is where St. Paul delivered his famous sermon on the injustices of ancient Greek religions to the people of Athens. Thus, this is where the first Athenians were converted to Christianity.

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Keramikos or Kerameikos, once a classic cemetery in Ancient Athens, now one of Athens archaeological sites

Kerameikos

Once a classic cemetery in Ancient Athens, it is now an open-air gallery. A visit to Kerameikos (or Keramikos) offers an interesting perspective over life and death, with its tombs decorated with impressive sculptures. The Kerameikos helps you get an insight on the activities which took place in the outskirts of Athens. Here, you can also see temples, sacred roads, pottery workshops, but also an ancient brothel.

Furthermore, the Kerameikos is a shaded oasis where you can hide from the heat and crowds of busy Athens.

The Kerameikos is wonderful to watch under the light of the setting sun.

Save money with the combined ticket of € 30.00 (reduced
€ 15.00)! It covers the access to the Acropolis of Athens, the Ancient Agora, the Roman Forum and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. It is also valid for a week.

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Roman Agora of Athens Greece

Roman Forum (Roman Agora)

Located between Plaka and Monastiraki, the Roman Forum was built during the first century. It was raised as an extension of the Ancient Agora. It’s most important attraction is the Tower of the Winds, which also houses an interesting water clock.

At the end of August, on the night of the harvest moon, there is a classical music concert held inside the Roman Agora.

Save money with the combined ticket of € 30.00 (reduced
€ 15.00)! It covers the access to the Acropolis of Athens, the Ancient Agora, Kerameikos and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. It is also valid for a week.

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Temple of Olympian Zeus

Temple of Olympian Zeus and its surroundings

Dedicated to the father of the Greek Gods, the Temple of Olympian Zeus was the largest temple of Antiquity. Its construction started in 515 BC, and it was finalized almost 700 years later. Today, only 16 columns still stand out of the initial 104.

The Temple of Olympian Zeus is located next to the monumental Hadrian’s Arch, which once split Athens between the Greek hero Theseus and the Roman emperor Adrian.

In its surrounding area, there are also Greek temples, Roman baths, and a ruined law court.

Aim to visit the Temple between 15.00 and 16.00. That way, you’ll get the best light to snap the perfect photo!

Save money with the combined ticket of € 30.00 (reduced
€ 15.00)! It covers the access to the Acropolis of Athens, the Ancient Agora, Kerameikos and the Roman Forum. It is also valid for a week.

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Parthenon, on the Acropolis of Athens column from an Athens archaeological site