Old church built on site of ancient shrine
ThissioTHISSIO is located at the west end side of the Agora and was named after a nearby ancient temple - the Temple of Hephaestion also known as the Thesseion. It's a charming neighbourhood with neo-classical houses and many street restaurants, some with great views of the Acropolis. Stop and have a drink of iced frappe at one of the cafes at Thission Square. The central pedestrian zone, Irakleidon St. has lots of cafes and bars as well as traditional tavernas.
The National Observatory is nearby, the oldest research institution of Greece. The building is located on the Hill of the Nymphs where a sanctuary once stood.
Thissio Park is at the north-west section of the Agora. It was first planted with trees in 1862 and was once the place where Greeks celebrated Easter.
You should visit the Islamic Museum of Art located in an old neo-classical building in Thission near Keramikos. www.benaki.gr It's a change from the usual Classical and ancient displays in Greece but there is a section of the old city wall there and an ancient tomb as well.
The Museum of Greek Gastronomy
If you like cheeses, try the Karamanlidika Tou Fani Restaurant where you can sample cheese, cold-cuts and gourmet products with traditional tastes, or Bougatsadiko were you can try delicious authenit 'bougatsa' a pie-like delicacy. The Orea Penteli is a traditional Greek taverna in the heart of Psiri Square, just a l minute walk from Monastiraki. They serve excellent gyros accompanied by Greek wines. To 21 is a popular hang-out with live music every day.
GAZI where the old Gas Works is located can be reached by foot from Monastiraki or from the Thesseion Metro Station. This is an interesting area to browse around and the Gas Works has been turned into an exhibition centre for art shows and other events. Gazi is now considered one of the trendiest areas of Athens.
Gazi has lots of popular eateries and wine bars. I visited Cartone for lunch one day and enjoyed a delicious lunch with my favorite Mythos beer. If you prefer a change and like Asian food, Gazi has a Chinese restaurant, Asian Taste, where you can enjoy Cantonese food while taking in an excellen tview of the Acropolis.
KERAMEIKOS was given its name because back in the ancient days it was where many potters had their shops (kerameikos=ceramics). Today it's most notably know as being the site of the ancient cemetery built just outside of Athen's original city gates. The site itself is open daily 8 am - 8 pm, admission 2 euro. There is a small museum on the site. It's worth a walk around to see the dozens of monuments erected for the notables of the ancient times as well as portions of the old city wall and gates.
The Kerameikos Ancient Cemetary
Wall of Ancient Athens
Inside the Kerameikos Museum
The bull was a gravemarker for Dionyskos of Kollytos
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