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Monument of Lysikrates

Lysikratous Square (off Vironos Street) | Plaka, Athens 999-20, Greece
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Lysikratous Square (off Vironos Street) | Plaka, Athens 999-20, Greece
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This historical monument is so full of history that it would do it no justice at all to write about here. It was constructed through funds provided by Lysikrates, a wealthy patron of the arts, who paid for theatre productions at the Theatre of Dionysus....More

1  Thank Dimitris L
Reviewed 26 May 2017

The Monument of Lysicratous or Lysicrates is an interesting piece of ancient history of Athens because the story behind it. If you know nothing about it, if you don’t make any research about the places that you are going to see, it’s very possible to...More

1  Thank Lucian M
Reviewed 5 May 2017

This is in an area that is easily accessible and in a nice part of Plaka. Not exactly a must see if you don't do your research before you visit. This monument could easily be missed. A bright part of the history within Athens.

Thank Cain W
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Rather than honouring Lysikrates (or Lysicrates, depending on who spelt the name), this monument is named for the individual who erected it. It seems that he was the benefactor of a choir that had won a singing tournament sometime in the 4th century BC. The...More

Thank ianwyj
Reviewed 5 December 2016

You really have to know the history behind this monument to appreciate it, otherwise you'd walk right by it without giving it a second glance. It is tucked away around the back of Plaka. The monument dates to 334 or 335 BC when yearly competitions...More

Thank Belgo96
Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Nice little monument located in between the Acropolis and the Temple of Zeus. Cool history behind the monument.

Thank Daniel F
Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Not the most ornate or interesting looking monument until we discovered that it was the first use of the Corinthian decoration in 334BC, such as seen on the massive Temple of Zeus just down the street.

Thank BT3rd
Reviewed 5 October 2016

This is a beautiful monument architecturally. It is round and well-proportioned. This apparently is the earliest use of Corinthian capitals on the outside of a building. It is set in a lovely square where there are cafes under trees.

Thank RodMcLeod
Reviewed 22 August 2016

Our tour guide told us we had to see this, as it is very old. But it was not very impressive. The area around is neglected and the monument needs some signs to explain it. I was disappointed, though I love old things.

Thank Proclaimer1
Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

A great location to understand that Athens is not about the Acropolis. This little cute monument offers a fascinating segment into the curious social life of the ancient Athenians. It also offers a shade as is surrounded by a park and nice cafes.

Thank SonerTraveler
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Due to its proximity to the Acropolis, Plaka remains
the area where the majority of foreign visitors stay
and play. Its attractive features include small
squares, some notable museums and the beautiful
Mitropolis cathedral, as well as a host of places to
stay, eat and drink. Its pedestrian zones make it a
pleasant place to escape from the city’s notorious
traffic. Adrianou and Kidathineon Streets contain a
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