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Romantic evening walking trip from Philopatos park to the Hadrian Arch in Athens on Feb 11, 2023


A walking trip from Pnyx Hill to the Arch of Hadrian in the evening after sunset can be a beautiful and memorable experience.

As you leave Philopatos Hill and begin your journey, you will find yourself surrounded by the warm glow of the setting sun. The sky will likely be painted with various colours, from deep reds and oranges to soft pinks and purples. You will walk down the hill, taking in the views of Athens as it slowly transforms from day to night.

As you continue your walk, you will pass by the city's ancient ruins and see the illuminated Acropolis in the distance. The streets will be bustling with people, but the mood will be relaxed and friendly. You can stop for a drink or a bite at one of the many street vendors or cafes along the way. I recommend the Diogenes restaurant.

As you approach the Arch of Hadrian, you will be struck by its imposing presence. The arch will be lit up, casting a warm glow on the surrounding area and highlighting its intricate details. You can pause to admire the arch and take in its history and significance.

From there, you can continue your exploration of the city, stopping to take in the sights and sounds of Athens at night. Whether you visit one of the many cultural institutions, enjoy a meal at a local restaurant, or wander the streets, you will have a memorable and enjoyable evening in Athens.

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The hill was surrounded by The Long Walls, also known as the Diateichisma Wall, a defensive wall built in ancient Athens, Greece, to protect the city from invasion. The Long Walls connected Athens to its ports, Piraeus and Phaleron, and were constructed in the 5th century BCE to defend against the invading forces of the Persians. The walls were about 10 meters high and were designed to keep the city and its ports secure. The construction of the Long Walls was a major undertaking and was seen as a symbol of Athenian power and military might. Over time, the walls were extended and strengthened and were an essential factor in the success of Athens as a city-state during the classical period. Today, portions of the Long Walls still remain and are a popular site for visitors to Athens who are interested in the city's rich history and cultural heritage.

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The name "Pnyx" is derived from the Greek word "pneuma," which means "breath" or "wind." It is believed that the name was chosen because the hill was a gathering place for the citizens of Athens, and the speeches and debates that took place there were thought to be carried away by the wind. Alternatively, it has been suggested that the name "Pnyx" may have been chosen because the hill was a place of inspiration and thought, where the "breath of the people" was given voice.

Pnyx Hill was an important site in ancient Athens and played a central role in the development of democracy in Greece. It was the principal gathering place for the citizens of Athens and was used as a platform for political speeches and debates. The Ecclesia, or the Assembly, was also held on Pnyx Hill and was the primary democratic institution of ancient Athens, where citizens gathered to make decisions and pass laws.

From the top of Pnyx Hill, you can have a panoramic view of Athens, including the Acropolis and the National Observatory of Greece. The view from the hill provides a unique perspective on the city and its rich cultural heritage and is a popular destination for tourists and history enthusiasts. The National Observatory of Greece is a research institute dedicated to studying astronomy and astrophysics and is an integral part of Athens's scientific and cultural heritage.

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The view of the Acropolis at sunset is truly breathtaking. As the sun sets, the ancient buildings and monuments on the hill are bathed in a warm, golden light that highlights their beauty and grandeur. The Parthenon, the Temple of Athena Nike, and the Erechtheion are among the many iconic structures seen from Pnyx Hill, and they take on a magical quality as the light changes. The sunset view of the Acropolis is a popular time for visitors to the hill, as it provides a unique and romantic perspective on this ancient city and its rich cultural heritage. The view of the Acropolis at sunset is also a popular spot for photographers, as the warm light and dramatic shadows create stunning images that capture the beauty and grandeur of this historic site. Whether you're a history buff, an architecture enthusiast, or simply a lover of natural beauty, the sunset view of the Acropolis is not to be missed.

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The Church of Agios Dimitrios Loumbardiaris in Athens. It is a beautiful and historic church considered one of the most picturesque in Athens. Its location on Philopappos Hill, near the Monument of Philopappou and Pnyka, makes it a popular destination for locals and tourists. The church's history is rich, with roots that date back to the 9th century, and it is a well-preserved example of a vaulted, aisled basilica. Using ancient ruins in its construction, such as the columns on the altar, adds to its unique character. The church's name, which honours the event in 1658, is a testament to its cultural and historical significance. The restoration work by Dimitrios Pikionis in 1955 was an essential part of preserving the church's beauty and history, and the discovery of impressive meta-byzantine illustrations from the 16th century during the restoration adds to its appeal.

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The sunset on Philopappos Hill is a truly breathtaking experience. As the sun sets over Athens, the hill is bathed in a warm, golden light that creates a magical atmosphere. From the top of the mountain, you can have a panoramic view of the city and its surroundings, including iconic landmarks such as the Acropolis and the Parthenon. The view of the city at sunset is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike, as it provides a unique perspective on Athens and its rich cultural heritage. Whether you're a history buff, a nature lover, or simply someone looking to relax and take in the city's beauty, the sunset on Philopappos Hill is not to be missed.

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The main entrance to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens is located on Dionysiou Areopagitou Street. The Odeon of Herodes Atticus is an ancient theatre situated southeast of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. The theatre was built in the 2nd century CE and was used for musical and theatrical performances. Today, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus is a popular venue for cultural events, including concerts, performances, and festivals. The main entrance is the main access point for visitors attending events at the theatre and is located in a prominent position on Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, near the Acropolis. Whether you're a fan of classical music or theatre or simply interested in the history of Athens, visiting the Odeon of Herodes Atticus is a must-do experience.

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Iero Nymfēs is a Greek phrase that translates to "Sacred Nymphs" in English. Nymphs were female nature spirits in Greek mythology, associated with various natural features such as forests, rivers, and springs. They were considered divine beings and often related to specific locations or landmarks. The term "Iero Nymfēs" refers explicitly to nymphs that were considered sacred or holy and were worshipped as such. This term is commonly used about ancient religious practices and beliefs and is still used in modern Greece to refer to the reverence and respect for the natural world and its spirits.

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The Acropolis Museum is a modern museum located in Athens, Greece, dedicated to the archaeological finds from the Acropolis of Athens. The museum is located at the foot of the Acropolis hill and is considered one of the most important archaeological museums in the world. It was opened in 2009 and features an extensive collection of artifacts from the Acropolis, including sculptures, architectural elements, and everyday objects that provide insight into daily life in ancient Greece. The museum is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the Acropolis and its monuments, and its exhibitions are organized chronologically and thematically to showcase the history and cultural significance of the site. The museum is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in ancient Greek culture and history, and offers a unique opportunity to learn about and experience one of the world's most famous cultural landmarks.

As of my experienceof February 2023, the museum's regular hours are as follows:

November 1st to March 31st: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM April 1st to October 31st: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

The cost of admission is:

Adults: 5 euros Reduced fee: 2.50 euros (for EU citizens between the ages of 18 and 25 and for groups of over 20 people) Free admission: for EU citizens under the age of 18 and over the age of 65, and for visitors with disabilities and their carers Please note that these details may have changed and it is always a good idea to check the museum's official website or contact them directly for the most up-to-date information on hours of operation and admission fees.

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Byron Square is a square located in Athens, Greece, named after the famous poet Lord Byron. There are many souvenir shops and street vendors in the surrounding areas that offer a variety of Greek souvenirs and gifts.

Lord Byron, also known as George Gordon Byron, was a famous British poet who lived from 1788 to 1824. He was a leading figure in the Romantic movement and is considered one of the greatest poets in the English language. Byron was also a traveller and adventurer, and he spent several years in Greece, where he became deeply interested in the country's history and culture. During his time in Greece, Byron became involved in the Greek War of Independence, and fought against the Ottoman Empire. He used his wealth and influence to support the Greek cause, raising a regiment of soldiers to fight alongside the Greeks. Despite his efforts, he fell ill and died of a fever at 36. Today, Byron is remembered as a symbol of the Romantic movement and as a hero in Greece for his contributions to the country's struggle for independence. His life and work have had a lasting impact on literature, and he remains one of the most influential poets in the English language.

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The restaurant's location on Lysikratous Square, with its exceptional menu and high standards of quality and service, makes it a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. The outdoor venue at the foot of the Acropolis, available during the summer months, offers diners a unique opportunity to enjoy traditional Greek cuisine with a magical view. The fact that Diogenes is also open in the morning for coffee makes it a popular meeting place for locals from the neighbourhood and beyond. Overall, it sounds like Diogenes is a must-visit dining destination for anyone in Athens looking for a high-quality, traditional Greek dining experience.

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The Arch of Hadrian, also known as the Hadrian's Gate, is a monumental arch in Athens, Greece. It was built in honour of the Roman Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century CE and served as one of the main entrances to the city. The arch is located near the Temple of Olympian Zeus and is considered one of the best-preserved ancient monuments in Athens. It is made of Pentelic marble and features a distinctive design, with two large towers on either side and a central passageway used by people entering and exiting the city. Today, the Arch of Hadrian is a popular tourist destination and a symbol of the city's rich cultural and historical heritage. Visitors to Athens can see the arch and learn about its history by visiting the nearby area or taking a guided tour of the city.

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