Archaeological sites

Acropolis

Acropolis and Parthenon
Acropolis and Parthenon

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The Acropolis is a rocky hill on top of which one can see buildings of great architectural and historical value, such as the Parthenon. The temple of Parthenon was dedicated to the goddess Athena, patron of Athens. Other important buildings on the Acropolis are the Propylaia, the Erechtheion, and the temple of Athena Nike.

It is recommended that the Acropolis is visited either early in the morning or late in the afternoon, especially during the summer months.

Opening hours

From the 1st of September on, the Site’s time schedule is as follows:

  • 1/09 - 15/09/2019: 8:00 - 19:30
  • 16/09 - 30/09/2019: 8:00 - 19:00
  • 1/10 - 15/10/2019: 8:00 - 18:30
  • 16/10 - 31/10/2019: 8:00 - 18:00

The Acropolis is closed on 1 January, 1 May, Greek Orthodox Easter Sunday, 25 March, and 25-26 December.

The Acropolis and its Slopes are also closed on summer days with particularly high temperatures (over +/- 37°C /apparent temperature 40°C on the Acropolis Hill). As stated in the official website, if you have purchased electronic tickets for time periods during which the site is closed for this reason, you can contact the e-ticketing Bureau at etickets@tap.gr.

Ticketing

Single-use ticket: These tickets cost either €20 (full) or €10 (reduced). As stated in the official website, from 1st of November till 31st of March (1/11-31/03) each year, a reduced rate only for single-use tickets is valid for all state owned archaeological sites and museums. Single-use tickets can be used for visiting both the archaeological site of the Acropolis and its slopes.

Special ticket package (combined): This kind of ticket costs €30. It is valid for 5 days, and can be used for visiting the following sites: Acropolis and its north/south slopes, Ancient Agora of Athens and its museum , Roman Agora of Athens, Kerameikos and its Archaeological Museum, Archaeological Site of Lykeion, Hadrian's Library, and Olympieio.

Tickets can be purchased either at ticket offices on site or online at the e-ticketing service of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports .

Free and reduced admission

The entrance to the Acropolis is free on the following days: 6 March (in memory of Melina Mercouri), 18 April (International Monuments Day), 18 May (International Museums Day), the last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days), 28 October, and Every first Sunday from November 1st to March 31st.

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Ancient Agora of Athens

Temple of Hephaistos in Agora
Temple of Hephaistos in Agora

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The Ancient Agora of Athens was the heart of ancient Athens. It was the place where political, social, commercial, and judicial activities took place. It was also a religious and cultural center.

Opening hours

From the 1st of September on, the Site’s time schedule is as follows:

  • 1/09 - 15/09/2019: 8:00 - 19:30
  • 16/09 - 30/09/2019: 8:00 - 19:00
  • 1/10 - 15/10/2019: 8:00 - 18:30
  • 16/10 - 31/10/2019: 8:00 - 18:00

The Agora is closed on 1 January, 1 May, Greek Orthodox Easter Sunday, 25 March, and 25-26 December.

Ticketing

Single-use ticket: These tickets cost either €8 (full) or €4 (reduced). As stated in the official website, from 1st of November till 31st of March (1/11-31/03) each year, a reduced rate only for single-use tickets is valid for all state owned archaeological sites and museums. This kind of ticket can be used for visiting both the Ancient Agora its museum.

Special ticket package (combined): This kind of ticket costs €30. It is valid for 5 days, and can be used for visiting the following sites: Acropolis and its north/south slopes, Ancient Agora of Athens and its museum, Roman Agora of Athens, Kerameikos and its Archaeological Museum, Archaeological Site of Lykeion, Hadrian's Library, and Olympieio.

Tickets can be purchased either at ticket offices on site or online at the e-ticketing service of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports.

Free and reduced admission

The entrance to the Agora is free on the following days: 6 March (in memory of Melina Mercouri), 18 April (International Monuments Day), 18 May (International Museums Day), the last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days), 28 October, and Every first Sunday from November 1st to March 31st.

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Panathenaic Stadium (Kallimarmaro)

The Panathenaic Stadium or Kallimarmaro
The Panathenaic Stadium or Kallimarmaro

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The Panathenaic Stadium is where the opening and closing ceremonies of the first modern Olympics took place, back in 1896. Today, it is used as the finishing point for the annual Athens Classic Marathon. It is also the last venue in Greece from where the Olympic flame handover ceremony to the host nation takes place.

This is the only stadium in the world that has been built entirely in marble, hence its name Kallimarmaro which means "beautiful marble".

Opening hours

From March to October, the hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.. From November to February the opening hours are 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m..

Ticketing

  • The General Admission ticket costs €5.
  • The Reduced Admission ticket costs €2,50 and can be used by students and visitors over the age of 65.
  • Visitors with disabilities and the person that accompanies them can use the Free Admission ticket. Also, children under the age of 6 can visit the stadium for free.

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