Places to visit in Athens

Markets Souks and Bazaars in Athens of Feb 10, 2023


Athens, the birthplace of democracy, is not just a city of historical significance but also a shopper's paradise. Start your shopping trip at the bustling fish and meat market, where you'll find fresh, local produce and a wide variety of meats. As you wander through the Psiri neighbourhood, try the famous pastirma meat, a delicacy in Greece. If you're a fan of herbal tea, stop at one of the many stores in the area, where you can sample the various blends and take some home with you.

Next, head to an olive oil store and sample the different varieties of olive oil made from the famous Greek olive trees. Afterwards, stop by one of the many tavernas in Psiri for a delicious meal accompanied by some of the best local wines.

The Monastiraki flea market is a must-visit, with its vast array of vintage items and antiques. You'll find everything from old coins and jewellery to handmade pottery and ceramics. As you browse through the stalls, keep your eyes peeled for unique finds and hidden treasures.

For those who love ceramics, the street markets are the perfect place to find the best pieces. With everything from hand-painted vases and bowls to traditional tiles and plates, you'll find everything you're looking for and more. And after a day of shopping, stop at the best local eatery for a delicious meal before continuing to the second-hand shoes and leather store.

Finally, take a break at the best old cafe in the city, where you can relax and enjoy a cup of coffee and a sweet treat. And don't forget to end your shopping trip at the best bakery, where you can sample the famous tsoureki, a sweet bread traditionally made for Easter.

With stories and local fairy tales, a shopping trip in Athens is an experience you'll never forget. So pack your bags and get ready for a journey through the city's rich history, delicious food, and unique shopping experiences.

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Athena's street in Athens is named after the Greek goddess Athena, the patron goddess of the city. It is located in the historic center of Athens, near the Acropolis and other important ancient monuments. Today, the street is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike, with many shops, restaurants, and cafes lining its sidewalks.

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Pericles was an important figure in ancient Athens, and several significant events mark his biography. Here are some of the most notable:

Rise to Power: Pericles came from a wealthy and influential family in Athens and rose to power in the 460s BC. He became the leader of the democratic faction in the city and was elected to the position of Strateg or military general multiple times.

Golden Age of Athens: Pericles oversaw a period of great prosperity and cultural achievement in Athens known as the Golden Age. During this time, Athens became a centre of art, philosophy, and literature, and the Parthenon was built on the Acropolis.

Peloponnesian War: Pericles led Athens through the early years of the Peloponnesian War against Sparta, which began in 431 BC. He believed Athens could win the war by avoiding confrontation with the Spartan army and focusing on naval power. However, his strategy was not always successful, and Athens suffered a significant plague during the war, which Pericles contracted and died from in 429 BC.

Funeral Oration: Pericles is known for his famous funeral oration, which he delivered in 431 BC to honour Athenian soldiers who had died in battle. The speech is considered one of the greatest examples of ancient Greek rhetoric and emphasises the values of democracy, freedom, and bravery.

Overall, Pericles was a crucial figure in the history of ancient Athens, and his leadership marks his biography during a time of great cultural and political significance for the city.

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The drachma was the currency used in Greece for over 2,500 years, from ancient times until it was replaced by the euro in 2002. The name "drachma" comes from the Greek word "dragon," which means "dragon" or "serpent," and refers to the serpent on the back of ancient Greek coins.

The drachma was first introduced in the 7th century BC and was made of silver. Over time, the value of the drachma changed due to inflation and other economic factors, and it was devalued and revalued several times throughout history.

In modern times, the drachma was replaced by the euro as part of Greece's adoption of the European Union and its common currency. The transition was not without controversy, as some Greeks were resistant to giving up the drachma and felt that the euro would harm their economy. However, the decision was ultimately made to join the eurozone, and the drachma is now a part of Greek history and culture.

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Kotzia Square is a large public square located in the heart of Athens, Greece. Like many public squares, it has been a popular spot for pigeons to gather and feed on the various scraps of food left behind by visitors.

However, in recent years, there has been some controversy surrounding the pigeon population in Kotzia Square. Some people argue that many pigeons are unsanitary and can create health risks for people visiting the square. Others say that the pigeons are a vital part of the city's culture and history and that efforts should be made to preserve their presence on the square.

To address these concerns, the city of Athens has taken various measures to manage the pigeon population on Kotzia Square, including installing bird feeders in nearby parks to encourage the pigeons to move away from the square, as well as implementing more frequent cleaning and sanitation efforts. Despite these efforts, however, pigeons remain a common sight on the court, and many visitors still enjoy feeding and interacting with them.

The Acharnian Gates refer to a city gate in the north of Athens which leads to Attica, Greece. Near these gates, there are ruins of a city wall and tombs dating back to the classical period of ancient Greece. These structures are believed to have been part of the fortifications of Athens and the surrounding areas. The tombs were likely used for burial purposes, while the wall would have served as a defensive structure to protect the city.

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The excavations in the area near the Acharnian Gates have revealed essential parts of the fortifications of the ancient city of Athens, including the Themistocles Fence and part of the shaft and ditch. An old road and part of the Peripheral Road have also been identified, which led from the city to the northern municipalities of Attica. The preservation and restoration of the site are being carried out by the Office of Restoration of Ancient Monuments and the 3-m Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities of the Ministry of Culture, with funding from the National Bank of Greece.

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One of the popular meat dishes in Greek cuisine is souvlaki, which is pieces of meat strung on skewers and grilled. Gyro is also famous - these are slices of pork or chicken fried on a spit and usually served in a drink. Meat stews, casseroles and meat pies are also common in Greek cuisine.

Various types of animal entrails are common in Greek cuisine. For example, lamb or goat intestines can be used to prepare a popular dish - lουcano, a Greek sausage. In addition, Greek cuisine likes to cook liver, hearts and kidneys, both in individual dishes and added to the stew and other meat dishes. Also, in Greek cuisine, you can find dishes from goat or lamb brains, as well as from goat or sheep scars (tripe) - for example, in Greece, an appetiser with trips and bread called «patσα» is popular.

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The central fish market in Athens is called the Varvakios Agora or Varvakios Market, and it is located in the Monastiraki neighbourhood near the Monastiraki metro station. The market is one of the largest and busiest in Athens, with a wide variety of fresh seafood and fish, including octopus, squid, shrimp, sardines, and more. The market is open early in the morning, and it is a popular destination for locals and tourists looking to buy fresh fish or experience the hustle and bustle of a traditional Greek market.

Athens is located near the Aegean Sea, known for its rich and diverse marine life, so many types of fish are popular in the city. Some of the most commonly consumed fish in Athens include sardines, sea bass, red mullet, anchovies, and octopus. Grilled fish is a popular dish in many Greek restaurants, and it is often seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice, and herbs such as oregano and thyme. Other popular seafood dishes in Athens include calamari, shrimp, and mussels, which are often prepared with tomato sauce and feta cheese.

Varvakios Market, also known as the Athens Central Market, is a large and bustling market located in the Monastiraki neighbourhood of Athens, Greece. The market was built in the 19th century and it is one of the largest and oldest markets in Athens. The market is home to numerous stalls selling a wide variety of fresh produce, meats, fish, cheeses, and other food items, as well as shops selling spices, herbs, and other speciality food products.

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The name "Varvakios" comes from a wealthy landowner named Andreas Varvakis, who lived in the 18th and 19th centuries. Varvakis was a prominent figure in Greek and international politics, and he was also involved in various business ventures, including the export of caviar from the Black Sea. He played a significant role in the development of the Greek economy, and he made several large donations to the Greek state during his lifetime. After his death, one of his legacies was establishing a public market in Athens, which was named in his honour. The market became known as Varvakios Market, and it has remained an important centre of commerce in Athens ever since.

Psirri is a neighbourhood in central Athens that has undergone significant urban renewal in recent years. However, there are still some ruins and historic buildings in the area that serve as reminders of the neighbourhood's long history.

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Ta Karamanlidika tou Fani is a well-known restaurant located in the Psirri neighbourhood of Athens, Greece. The restaurant specialises in traditional Greek and Mediterranean cuisine, focusing on cured meats and other speciality food products. The name "Karamanlidika" refers to a Turkish dialect spoken by Greeks living in the Karaman region of central Turkey. The restaurant is known for its high-quality meat and cheese products, many of which are made in-house using traditional methods. The menu includes a variety of meze-style dishes, including cured meats, cheeses, and seafood, as well as a selection of main courses and desserts. The restaurant is popular with locals and tourists and has received numerous positive reviews for its food, service, and atmosphere.

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Miran is a renowned deli for its high-quality and unique meat products, including pasture, Miran meat fillet, and Suzuki salami. These products have been produced by the family for a century and are made with a secret blend of spices.

“Pasturma" (also known as pastirma or pastras), it is a type of air-dried cured beef that originated in Turkey and is typically made from beef that has been heavily seasoned with a mixture of spices, then air-dried to concentrate its flavor.

Suzuki salami is the traditional Sucuk - is typically made from ground beef, though sometimes it may include lamb or other meats, and is heavily seasoned with a mixture of spices such as garlic, cumin, and red pepper flakes. The sausage is then typically air-dried and aged for several weeks, resulting in a chewy, flavorful sausage that is often sliced thinly and served as a snack or appetizer.

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Elixirion (Ελιξίριον) is a "Herboristerie" (in French) or "Herbalist" (in English) - a store that specialises in selling herbs, spices, and other natural remedies, often for medicinal or therapeutic purposes. The store also sells other products, such as teas, tinctures, essential oils, and natural skincare products. In Grece, herbalists are trained and licensed practitioners who offer consultations and recommendations for using herbs and natural remedies to promote health and well-being.

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FOTSI is a spice and herb store located in the Monastiraki neighborhood of Athens, Greece. The store is known for its wide variety of high-quality spices and herbs, including many that are locally sourced from small-scale farmers and producers. FOTSI also sells other related products, such as tea blends, honey, olive oil, and natural cosmetics. The store has a cosy and inviting atmosphere, and the staff are known for their knowledge and expertise in helping customers select and use spices and herbs in their cooking.

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Olives have been an integral part of Greek culture and cuisine for thousands of years. Greece is one of the world's largest producers and exporters of olives and olive oil, and the olive tree is considered a symbol of Greek identity and tradition.

Olives are used in various Greek dishes, from appetisers like dolmades (stuffed grape leaves) and feta cheese with olives to main courses like moussaka and pastitsio. Olives are also commonly used in salads and as a garnish for meat and seafood dishes.

In addition to their culinary uses, olives also play a significant role in Greek mythology and symbolism. The olive tree was believed to be a gift from the goddess Athena to the city of Athens, and olive wreaths were given as prizes to victorious athletes in the ancient Olympic games.

The olive tree is also a symbol of peace and unity, and olive branches have been used as symbols of peace in many cultures throughout history. In Greek culture, olive branches were used to crown the heads of winning athletes and as a symbol of victory in battle.

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Graffiti culture in Athens is a complex and dynamic aspect of the city's urban landscape. Graffiti and street art can be found throughout the city, from the narrow alleys of the historic Plaka neighbourhood to the bustling streets of downtown Athens.

A variety of factors, including politics, social issues, and artistic expression, influences the graffiti scene in Athens. Many graffiti artists in Athens use their art to make political statements and protest against social and economic injustices. Some street art is inspired by Greek mythology and history and features images of ancient gods and heroes.

In recent years, the Greek government has taken steps to crack down on illegal graffiti and street art, and many buildings in Athens have been repainted or cleaned to remove graffiti. However, some artists continue to create and display their work in public spaces. There are also several legal graffiti walls and street art festivals in Athens that showcase the city's vibrant urban art scene.

Overall, graffiti and street art are an essential part of Athens' cultural landscape, reflecting the city's history, politics, and creativity.

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Melanthiou street is a residential street located in the historic neighbourhood of Psirri in Athens, Greece. The street was built during the mid to late 20th-century urbanization and suburbanization of Athens and is known for its quiet and peaceful atmosphere, with small houses, apartments, and shops. Despite its suburban location, Melanthiou street is part of the vibrant and historic neighbourhood of Psirri, offering a unique blend of traditional and modern elements.

Basket and Box Store offers a wide range of baskets, boxes, and other storage items made from wood. This store is a great place to find practical and stylish solutions for your home, office, or any additional space. In addition to baskets and boxes, you may also be able to find other home storage items such as shelves, drawers, and an organiser. The store is an excellent piece for designers' tricks.

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Agios Dimitrios Church is a Greek Orthodox church located in the Psirri neighbourhood of Athens, Greece. It is a historic church dedicated to Saint Demetrios, one of the most highly venerated saints in the Orthodox tradition.

Agios Dimitrios Church has a rich and fascinating history that dates back centuries. It is believed to have been built on the site of an ancient temple dedicated to the god Dionysus.

Some believe that the church dedicated to Saint Dimitris echoes Inspector Dimitrios Baoraktaris. He delivered the Psiri from Koutsavakides.

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Psirri has a long-standing reputation as an anti-establishment neighbourhood in Athens. It has been a destination for immigrants from the provinces and the island of Naxos, some of whom became respected citizens while others became part of the underworld. The latter group, known as "mangas," were known for their involvement in criminal activity and their discontent with society. They were joined by the "Koutsavakides," a group known for their distinctive appearance and use of Psirri as a base for their criminal activities. These groups terrorised Athens for over 50 years, and even the police were afraid to enter the neighbourhood. The history of Psirri is marked by its association with the criminal underworld and its reputation as a place of lawlessness and danger.

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In 1893, Prime Minister Harilaos Trikoupis established a new combined army-police force to eliminate the Koutsavakides under Inspector Dimitrios Baoraktaris. Baoraktaris took a straightforward approach to curb the Koutsavakides' criminal activity, which included arresting them, cutting off the toes of their pointed boots, shaving their moustaches, and forcing them to break their guns before sending them home in embarrassment. This tactic was successful, and the Koutsavakides disappeared, making Psirri safe for everyone.

Unfortunately, Baoraktaris went beyond his mission of eliminating criminal activity. He also ended the romantic tradition of suitors serenading their loved ones from the streets by having his police break their guitars and arrest them, throwing them in jail for the evening.

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The current form of the Psiri neighbourhood emerged before the Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire in 1821. Plateia Iroon, the neighbourhood's central square, was established in 1850.

Psiri forms part of the "Historic Triangle," which was the centre of Athens during ancient Greek and Roman times.

Psiri is now considered a "nightlife district," which has increased the number of bars and restaurants in the area. Over the past decade, Psiri has undergone gentrification, becoming a fashionable place to live and visit, with several small, upscale hotels.

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Psiri was inhabited by artisans and craftsmen, including potters, sculptors, tailors, and others. Today, this tradition continues, and the neighbourhood is still home to small shops and boutiques selling handmade objects and accessories, as well as art galleries showcasing the works of contemporary artists.

For many years, Psiri was primarily where people lived and worked, lacking any significant attractions. After the War of Independence, many people from the countryside and islands, especially Mykonos, moved to Athens, making Psiri their new home and giving it a cosmopolitan feel.

However, the neighbourhood was also home to criminals, rebels, and outcasts and became the headquarters of the notorious Koutsavakides gang. They were easily recognisable by their distinctive appearance, including long moustaches, pointed boots, and jackets worn with one arm hidden under the sleeve. Additionally, the practice of stone-throwing between local gangs and people from other districts added to the instability and danger of the area.

After the wars, Psiri was left in ruins, and many of its old buildings were destroyed and abandoned. The neighbourhood became degraded and run-down but began to change at the end of the 20th century. Restoration and reconstruction started in the 1990s, and following the 2004 Olympic games, Psiri was transformed into a modern, vibrant, and safe neighbourhood.

Thus the intersection of Mykonos and Karaiskaki Street is a union between island dwellers and Georgios Karaiskakis, a famous Greek revolutionary and military leader who played a key role in the Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire in the early 19th century.

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The Psiri neighbourhood was also the home of the "Maid of Athens," who was made famous in Lord Byron's poem:

"Oh, maid of Athens, ere I part Give, oh, give me back my heart."

The poem's subject, Theresa Makris, was one of three sisters who lived next door to the boarding house where Byron stayed during his visit to Athens in 1809. Although Byron never had a relationship with her (as she was only twelve and he preferred the company of young boys), the mere mention of her in his poem inspired a sort of cult, and 19th-century tourists would visit the house in hopes of witnessing the beauty that had inspired the great romantic poet. The place where Byron stayed was on the corner of Agios Theklas and Papanikolis Street, just up the street from Stavros Melissinos, the famous poet-sandal-maker of Athens, who has his shop there.

During the 20th century, Psiri was known for its tavernas and was a hub for rebetika musicians, who sang songs about love, exile, pain, poverty, heroin, and hashish, the same themes that can still be heard in Psiri today.

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The Jewish Quarter and Beth Habad are located in the Psirri neighbourhood of Athens, Greece. The Jewish community has a long history in Athens, dating back to the Roman period, and the Jewish Quarter has been a hub of Jewish life in the city for centuries. Beth Habad is a Chabad-Lubavitch synagogue and community centre that serves the Jewish community in Athens, offering religious services, cultural events, and educational programs. The temple is located in the heart of the Jewish Quarter, surrounded by a vibrant community of families, businesses, and cultural institutions. The Jewish Quarter and Beth Habad are important landmarks for the Jewish community in Athens, providing a place for worship, community, and artistic expression.

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The Church of the Nativity of Christ (Christocopide) is situated in the Psirri district on Christokopidou Street, near the Jewish Quarter. It is one of the oldest temples in Greece, a three-nave basilica with a dome and two spires in the west, with construction dating back to the 60s. The site also includes the remains of an ancient temple, possibly the Temple of Pallas Athena, and a post-Byzantine church that belonged to the famous Kopid family, hence its nickname "Christ Copides". According to legend, the post-Byzantine church was a hidden school during Ottoman rule. Its unusual orientation to the north is also a result of this time. After its restoration by Danish architect Christian Hansen in the regency era, it was used as the ceremonial hall for the Supreme Court. The church was reopened in its current form in 1912. It featured carefully restored frescoes from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including images of the Pantocrator, Platitera, and the Virgin on the throne with angels to her right and left. The church also boasts sculptural decoration from the same period, attributed to Nomiko, and a wall painting in the northern passage depicting the prophets Elijah and Elisha. It has also preserved several ancient icons of St. Spiridon, St. Panteleimon, and the Autopsy of the Forerunner. The Ministry of Culture designated the temple as a newer monument in 2011 due to its historical and artistic significance.

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The Little Kook in Psiri Athens is a unique and charming complex of several café shops that offer an array of desserts, cakes, and hot drinks in a whimsical and enchanting setting. Surrounded by beloved children's characters like Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland, the café is a delight for kids and adults alike.

The café's interior and exterior are adorned with beautifully themed decorations frequently photographed by tourists and passers-by. You can choose from different themed rooms, each with a unique theme reflected in the staff's uniform. During the Christmas period, the Little Kook is a must-visit destination for those seeking to immerse themselves in the festive atmosphere fully. It's located at 17 Karaiskaki Georgiou Street in Athens.

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The flea market in Psirri is the only finest test of the flea market in Athens. The vibrant and bustling atmosphere of this marketplace offers a unique shopping experience. It is a place where you can find a wide variety of goods, including vintage items, antiques, handmade crafts, and much more.

Visitors who start the meeting with the flea market of Athens in Psirri can expect to find a lively and eclectic mix of vendors selling all sorts of exciting and unique items a little bit cheap than in the main square of Athens flea market. Whether looking for vintage clothing, antique furniture, handmade jewellery, or just some unique souvenirs, you're sure to find something that catches your eye.

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Ermou Street, also known as "Hermes Street," is a 1.5-kilometre road located in the heart of Athens, Greece. It connects the Kerameikos archaeological site to Syntagma Square through Monastiraki, Psiri, and Thiseio. The street is divided into three sections, with the east section being a pedestrian zone and the city's most well-known and busy shopping street, filled with international brand shops and shopping centres. It is one of the top five most expensive shopping streets in Europe and the tenth most expensive retail street in the world.

The middle section of Ermou Street and the west section, refurbished for the 2004 Olympics, are also pedestrian zones and form the end of the Grand Promenade, a walkway around the Acropolis that is part of the city's Archaeological Unification Project.

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The prominent market is held on Sundays and is a bustling and lively place, with vendors selling their wares and haggling with customers. However, small permanent shops manage the flea market all day a week.

You can find the echoed pieces of ancient bronze theatrical masks that were a crucial part of old Greek theatre. These masks were made of bronze and designed to fit over actors' faces, helping to convey emotions and characters. They were highly stylised and recognisable, with famous masks, including the smiling mask of comedy, the frowning show of tragedy, and the masked satyr of satyr plays.

Also, furniture created by skilled craftsmen can be found here. Handmade furniture is often made using traditional techniques and materials and is designed and constructed to last for many years. This type of furniture is known for its unique character, high quality, and attention to detail. Handmade furniture may be more expensive than mass-produced furniture, but it is often worth the investment due to its durability, beauty, and unique character. Many people appreciate the value of handmade furniture and choose to include it in their homes to add warmth, character, and style to their living spaces.

A collection of military equipment from World War II, dishes, and old household items can be considered diverse and historically significant. The military equipment from World War II provides a glimpse into the technology and tactics used during one of the most important events of the 20th century. The dishes and ancient household items give us a look into the daily life and cultural practices of people from different periods. Such a collection provides a rich and fascinating window into the past. It can significantly interest historians, collectors, and anyone who appreciates cultural and historical artefacts.

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Ifestou Street in Athens is known for its vintage and retro charm. The street is lined with stores that sell vintage and antique items, including old furnishings, handmade sandals, and vinyl records. This street is a popular destination for those who appreciate traditional and unique things and is considered one of the most picturesque alleys in the city. Whether you're looking for vintage decor, handmade crafts, or rare records, Ifestou Street is sure to have something that will catch your eye.

In addition to its vintage offerings, Ifestou Street in Athens also offers a variety of more modern consumer goods from China and Turkey. While it may not have the same abundance of antiques as a flea market, the street is still a great place to find affordable and practical items. Whether searching for new household essentials, fashion accessories, or gifts for friends and family, you're likely to find what you're looking for at a reasonable price on Ifestou Street.

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Monastiraki Square is a historic square located in the heart of Athens, Greece. Bustling street markets, antique shops, and historic landmarks surround it. The yard is named after the Monastiraki Flea Market, a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. The square is also home to the Tzistaraki Mosque and the Church of the Dormition of the Virgin, which are examples of the blend of different cultural and religious influences in Athens. Monastiraki Square is a popular gathering place for tourists and locals and is considered an important part of the city's cultural and social life.

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Hadrian's Library was built in Athens, Greece, in the 2nd century AD during the reign of the Roman Emperor Hadrian. It was one of the largest libraries in the ancient world and was dedicated to the Muses, the Greek goddesses of the arts and sciences. The library was located in the centre of Athens and was part of a larger complex of buildings that included a temple, lecture halls, and a courtyard. The library was used by scholars and intellectuals from all over the ancient world and was an important centre of learning and knowledge in the ancient world. Although much of the original library has been destroyed over time, some of its ruins can still be seen in Athens today.

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From Hadrian's Library, you have a stunning view of the Erechtheion, located on the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. The Erechtheion is an ancient temple known for its intricate and elegant architectural style, with a mix of Ionic and Doric columns, intricate friezes, and carved sculptures. From the library, you would have seen the temple perched on a pedestal with its distinctive porches.

One of the most notable features of the Erechtheion, the Caryatid Porch, is not visible from the library. But the elegant porch supported by six columns is well visible. These columns are considered one of the finest examples of ancient Greek architecture.

The view of the Erechtheion from Hadrian's Library would have been a breathtaking sight, showcasing the grandeur and elegance of ancient Greek architecture and design. Although much of the original library has been destroyed over time, the Erechtheion still stands as a testament to the achievements of ancient Greek civilisation.

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The vaulted bed of the Eridanos River is an ancient architectural feature in Athens, Greece. The Eridanos River was once a major river that flowed through the city, but over time much of it became covered or buried. In some parts of Athens, the river's course was built over and covered with arches, creating a series of underground passageways.

These passageways, known as the vaulted bed of the Eridanos River, were used for a variety of purposes over the centuries, including as sewage and waste channels, as wells, and as a source of water for various uses. In some cases, the vaulted bed was also used for commercial or industrial purposes, such as for the storage of goods or for the processing of raw materials.

Today, much of the vaulted bed of the Eridanos River is no longer visible and much of it has been lost over time. However, some parts of it still remain, and it is considered an important part of Athens' architectural heritage and a fascinating example of the city's history and development over time.

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Pandrossou Street, a narrow and bustling market, is home to nearly a hundred shops. The vendors here offer a wide range of items, including postcards, souvenirs, and local memorabilia. The variety of goods on sale is impressive, focusing on traditional and locally-made products, and the quality is generally reasonable. In addition to regular souvenir stalls, there are also several antique shops and dealers offering valuable items. On Sundays, the street transforms into a lively flea market that is a must-see. If you're looking to bring back some authentic Greek souvenirs or speciality products, Pandrossou Street is the place to be. Just be mindful of pickpockets, and you'll have a great shopping experience.

Most interesting is The MARTINOS Antique and Fine Art Gallery opposite the closed entrance to the roman agora. It has a rich history dating back to 1895 when it was first established in Monastiraki, Athens' ancient commercial hub. In 1926, the gallery relocated to its current location at 50 Pandrossou Street, in a landmark four-story building with a distinctive façade redesigned in the early 1960s by the renowned Greek architect Takis Zenetos. At the MARTINOS Gallery, quality and rarity are always top priorities when acquiring new pieces. The gallery showcases a diverse collection of carpets and kilims from the East, valuable antique silver, Islamic art, fine furniture, rare ceramics, paintings, and sculptures, alongside a range of 20th-century decorative objects, furniture, and lighting, from the Art Deco era to the Memphis group.

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There are a lot of owls in the street markets in Athens. The owl was a common symbol on ancient Athenian coins. The owl was associated with the goddess Athena, the patron goddess of Athens and was considered a symbol of wisdom, knowledge, and prosperity. The owl appeared on many different denominations of Athenian coins, ranging from small bronze coins to large silver pieces. The coins featuring the owl typically depicted a stylised representation of the bird, often with its head facing to the right.

The use of the owl symbol on Athenian coins was a way for the city to assert its cultural and political identity, as well as to demonstrate its wealth and power. The coins were used for trade and commerce and were widely distributed throughout the ancient world, helping to spread the reputation of Athens as a wealthy and sophisticated city. Today, old Athenian coins featuring the owl symbol are highly prized by collectors and are considered some of the most beautiful and historically significant coins from the ancient world.

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Ancient Greece was renowned for its rich ceramic tradition, and Athens was a hub of ceramic production during the classical period. Athenian ceramics were prized for their beauty and craftsmanship, with various styles and forms such as vases, plates, bowls, and figurines. The ceramics were made from Attic clay, which was abundant in the region and prized for its fine quality and consistency. The black-figure and red-figure styles were popular in Athenian ceramics, with intricate designs often depicting scenes from Greek mythology, daily life, and warfare. Today, this rich ceramic tradition continues in Athens, with modern potters and ceramic artists keeping the tradition alive through their unique styles and designs and preserving this vital part of Greece's cultural heritage.

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Aeolou Street starts at the Tower of the Winds in the Plaka, near the northeast corner of the Roman Agora. This is fitting as Aeolus was the Greek God of the Winds. In the 19th century, Aeolou Street was one of the first streets in Athens to be paved and one of the first to be designated pedestrian streets. It remains a major shopping street in Athens, originating from Pelopida Street and continuing past Platia Agoras, eventually merging with Adrianou Street.

Plateia Dimopratiriou is a significant square in Athens, located in the central district of Exarcheia. It is known for its political and cultural significance, with a rich history of leftist politics, student activism, and countercultural movements. The square is surrounded by cafes, bars, and cultural spaces and is a popular gathering place for students, artists, and political activists, with a lively atmosphere and entertainment options.

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local eateries and tavernas are often good places to find delicious and authentic food. The restaurant frequented by locals, is a good sign that the food is good and the prices are reasonable. Eating where the locals eat is a great way to immerse yourself in the local culture and try dishes that are typical of the area. It is subjective to determine the best gyro in Athens, as it often comes down to personal taste and preference. However, this eatery has popular and highly-regarded gyro in Athens that is known for serving delicious and authentic gyros and very popular by locals.

Aeolou Street intersects with Ermou Street in a pedestrian-only area, becoming one of Athens' most famous shopping streets. From this intersection, the street transforms from tourist shops and fast food to a lively avenue filled with cafes and restaurants.

A shop offering gently used shoes and leather goods in Athens boasts a diverse collection of items. Shoes from various brands, as well as unique vintage finds, are available. Each piece is carefully selected for both style and quality, providing customers with confidence in their purchases. This shop offers a sustainable option for updating one's wardrobe with fashionable and functional items.

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The Church of Panagia Kapnikarea is a Greek Orthodox church in Athens, Greece. It is believed to have been built in the 11th century, around 1050, and is considered one of the oldest churches in Athens. The church was built over an ancient Greek temple, possibly dedicated to Athena or Demeter, and was considered for demolition during the city's modernisation in the 19th century, but was saved by King Ludwig I of Bavaria. The church is composed of three different units, including a domed complex and a chapel dedicated to St. Barbara, and was likely originally part of a monastery. The church's architecture has been dated to the middle of the 11th century based on morphological criteria.

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Kalamiotou Street is located in the central district of Athens, Greece. It is not a well-known tourist destination but a bustling street popular with locals for shopping and dining. The road is lined with various shops, including clothing stores, bakeries, and cafes, and is known for its lively atmosphere.

Kalamiotou Street is known for its fabric stores. The street is a popular destination for those looking to purchase textiles, and offers a wide range of options for customers. From traditional Greek fabrics to modern designs, the shops on Kalamiotou Street have something for everyone. In addition to fabric stores, the street also features a variety of other shops and establishments, making it a lively and bustling destination for both locals and visitors to Athens. Whether you're in the market for new textiles or just looking to explore the local culture, Kalamiotou Street is a great place to visit.

Kalamiotou Street is also home to several historic buildings and monuments, including traditional Greek tavernas, which are a staple of Greek culture and serve traditional Greek cuisine. The street is a great place to experience the local way of life in Athens and is a good choice for those looking for a more authentic experience while visiting the city.

Whether you're in the mood for shopping, dining, or simply exploring the local culture, Kalamiotou Street is a great place to visit. So if you're in Athens, add this street to your itinerary and experience the city like a local.

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Krinos Cafe is a historic cafe located in Athens, Greece. Established in the 1920s, this cafe has been a staple of the local community for over a century. Despite occasional refurbishments, the restaurant has managed to maintain its vintage charm, making it a popular destination for both new visitors and long-time regulars.

At Krinos Cafe, guests can indulge in some of the best traditional Greek treats in town, including the famous bougatsa, a flaky pastry filled with creamy custard and dusted with sugar and cinnamon. In addition to sweet treats, the cafe also offers a variety of savoury options, such as loukoumades (deep-fried dough balls), sandwiches, and ice cream.

One of the standout features of Krinos Cafe is its affordability, with prices for takeaways being exceptionally reasonable. Whether looking for a quick bite on the go or a leisurely sit-down experience, Krinos Cafe is a great choice. With its rich history and charming atmosphere, this cafe is a true gem in the heart of Athens.

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The excavation at Kotzia Square in Athens took place between 1985 and 1988 during the construction of an underground parking area. The excavation covered an area of 7,000 square meters and revealed important historical and cultural artefacts from ancient Greece. The archaeological site, located outside the fortification of ancient Athens, includes three old streets, a cemetery, pottery workshops, and houses. The site's most significant feature is Acharnean Street, which dates back to 480 BC and is used until the 3rd century AD. The street was lined with rectangular blocks and four podiums for funerary monuments. The cemetery, which stretched on both sides of the road, contained 672 graves of various types and grave gifts such as terracotta vases, figurines, jewellery, coins, and other objects. The cemetery was eventually replaced by pottery workshops in the 4th century AD, which produced vases, utensils, lamps, roof tiles, and antefixes.

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Venetis 1948 is a bakery in Athens. It was first opened in 1948 and quickly became famous for its authentic and freshly-baked pastries and loaves. Venetis was the first to bring North European dark-bread creations and South-Mediterranean delights to Greece, changing the identity of Greek bakeries. Today, the bakery uses only the purest and most natural ingredients and has revived the traditional wood-fired oven to create the best bread products in Greece. The bakery is managed by a team of Greek and European bakers who develop a variety of traditional and international bakery goods. The store also has a gastronomy section, a patisserie section, and a café, offering unique dishes and sophisticated desserts made with the freshest produce of Greece. The store has a minimalist, eco-friendly design inspired by nature and traditional architecture. Venetis 1948 is where tradition, quality, and sophistication come together to provide an unparalleled experience.

Traditional bread Tsoureki is must taste. It is a traditional sweet bread that is commonly served in Greece during Easter time. It is made with a soft and fluffy dough braided and often flavoured with orange zest, mahlep (a spice made from the kernels of cherry stones), vanilla, and sometimes cinnamon. The bread is then topped with a red-dyed hard-boiled egg, symbolising the Easter egg. Tsoureki is often served with coffee or tea as a dessert or snack and is a staple food during the Easter celebrations in Greece.

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