Monastiraki - Athens



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Monastiraki - Athens


It is one of the most characteristic quarters of the old Athens, with narrow and winding lanes and small buildings that date back to Byzantine and Ottoman period. There are many craft shops selling almost everything, from bronze objects to musical instruments, furniture to shoes. Shopping and strolling the streets of Monastiraki is an experience that you can not miss, especially on weekends when there is a flea market.


You should visit the metropolitan church of Athens, center of the homonym square. It was built between 1842 and 1862 as the Cathedral of Athens and is a basilica with three naves with dome, which combines neobizantine and neoclassical elements.
The Tzisdaraki mosque, built in 1759, is worth a visit. For material, the Turks used one of the seventeen columns of the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Also visit the ancient Turkish baths (XVII century) and the Muslim Seminar (1721).


In the area of Monastiraki and Plaka there are many Byzantine churches (11th and 12th centuries) which are well conserved thanks to the Christian reconstruction. In particular visit the pretty little church of Agios Eleftherios, containing ancient Byzantine reliefs, and Kapnikarea (odos Ermou), the Byzantine church with dome which is now in the middle of the street that leads to Syntagma.




What to see in Athens



Ancient Theatre of Dionysus

Odeon of Herod Atticus

Ancient Agora in Athens

Roman Agora in Athens



Syntagma Square and National Garden

Benaki Museum

National Archaeological Museum

Temple of Olympian Zeus and Arch of Hadrian

Museum of popular Greek instruments in Athens

Cemetery of Keramikòs

Philopappou Hill in Athens

Kolonaki district of Athens

Panathenaic Stadium

Licabetto Hill in Athens

Museum of Cycladic Art and Ancient Greece

General Markets in Athens