Athens important buildings and parks

On this page of the free Athens travel guide, you can discover Athens important buildings which you will definitely pass by during your stay in the Greek Capital. You’ll also discover two of the most beautiful parks in Athens!

For each of these Athens important buildings and parks, you may find:

  • the name of the Athens important building or park and perhaps a photo of it;
  • a short description of the Athens park or important building;
  • visiting information including opening times, ticket prices, address and map location, telephone if available, and details on how to get to these Athens important buildings and parks using public transport.

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Athens important buildings: Athens City Hall during LuminAthens Christmas Festival.
Photo by Christos Koudounis [CC BY-SA 4.0]

Athens City Hall

The archaeological excavations performed in front of the Athens City Hall have revealed an area found right by the old city walls.

Athens City Hall
Address: Athinas 63, Athina 105 52, Greece | See on map
Tel. +30 21 0372 2001

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Athens important buildings: Hellenic Parliament. Photo by Thomas Wolf [CC BY-SA 3.0]

Hellenic Parliament

Raised in 1842 as the palace of King Otto, the first king of Greece, the building became the headquarters of the Parliament in 1926. The transition wasn’t that smooth: during the housing shortage of 1923, it was a shelter for the poor.

The building has a beautiful library, which you should visit.

Hellenic Parliament
Address: Athens 105 57, Greece | See on map
Tel. +30 21 0370 7000

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Athens important buildings: Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by the Hellenic Parliament

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Sculpted in 1930 on the wall in front of the Parliament’s building, it depicts a dying soldier. The monument was done in the memory of all Greek citizens who have died during times of war, from the moment the Greeks won their independence to this day.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Address: Leoforos Vasilisis Amalias 133, Athina 105 57, Greece | See on map

Presidential Palace and Maximou Castle

The old palace of King Constantine was designed by the Bavarian architect Ernst Ziller, whose imagination is behind many neoclassic buildings from the city of Athens. Today, this is the Presidential Palace. Right next to it, there is Maximou Castle, right by the official residence of the Greek Prime Minister.

Maximou Castle
Address: Irodou Attikou 19, Athina 106 74, Greece | See on map
Tel. +30 21 0338 5491

National Theater of Greece

The beautiful neoclassical building of the National Theater in Athens was designed after Hadrian’s Library. The best shows in Greece take place on the stage of the National Theater.

National Theater of Greece
Address: Agiou Konstantinou 22, Athina 104 37, Greece | See on map
Tel. +30 21 0528 8100

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Athens important buildings: the Panathenaic Stadium

Panathenaic Stadium

This is the only stadium built in white marble in the world! Initially raised in the year 330 BC for the Panathenaic Games, it was later abandoned.  It was rebuilt to host the Olympic Games of 1896, the first edition of the Modern Olympic Games.

Panathenaic Stadium
Address | Leof. Vasileos Konstantinou, Athina 116 35, Greece | See on map
Tel. +30 21 0752 2984

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Athens important buildings: the Zappeion


Located on the southern side of the National Gardens, the Zappeion is used as an exposition and conference hall today. In its past, the Zappeion hosted the Olympic Games from 1896 and 1906. Throughout its history, it also hosted many other events related to the Greek cultural identity, in general.

Address: Leof. Vasilissis Olgas, Athina 105 57, Greece | See on map
Tel. +30 21 0322 3509

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Athens important parks: the National Gardens. Photo by Sjaak Kempe from Groningen, The Netherlands [CC BY 2.0]

National Gardens

Designed in 1839 at Queen Amalia’s request, the vast and shady gardens were open to the public in 1923. Besides a large number of plants, the National Gardens are also home to a small zoo, a duck pond, and a children’s play area.

National Gardens
Address: Leoforos Vasilisis Amalias 1, Athina 105 57, Greece | See on map
Tel. +30 21 0721 5019

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Athens important parks: Pedion tou Areos. Photo by Vasilis Ziogas [CC BY 2.0]

Pedion tou Areos

Although less impressive than the National Gardens, Pedion tou Areos is the largest park in Athens. As it is close to Exarchion Square, it is often used for protests, but also for cultural events, such as concerts or the annual book fair.

Pedion tou Areos
Address: Athens 114 74, Greece | See on map
Tel. +30 21 0748 2222

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