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Neighbourhood: Thissio / Makriyanni
Named after the well-preserved Thission (ancient temple of Hephaestus), Thissio is blessed with a small wooded park and some less frenetic streets that offer numerous quieter places to stay and eat. Largely pedestrianised Apostolou Pavlou Street runs between the Acropolis and forested Filopappou Hill, well worth climbing for more great panoramas, until it merges with Dionysiou Areopagitou Street. This leads to the up-and-coming area of Makriyanni, whose centrepiece is the magnificent new Acropolis Museum. Opposite the museum is the entrance to the southern slopes of the Acropolis, while the eponymous metro station nearby is at the top of Makriyanni Street, another strip of touristic cafés and restaurants.
How to get there
  • Akropoli • 7 min walk
  • Thissio • 8 min walk
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Valentini L
8 contributions
Nov 2022 • Family
We had no idea of this place; we went there with Hellas Revival and had the Democracy workshop (great experience). It is a hill opposite the Acropolis with astonishing views. A calm and beautiful place right in the center of Athens. But most importantly it was the place where Democracy was born, the place where the People's Assembly took place in the ancient years, you can still see the speaker’s platform intact. It has 2 entrances, one from Thissio and one near the main Acropolis entrance, so we combined both.
Written 2 December 2022
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Olga P
24 contributions
Nov 2022
My favorite place in Athens. The starting point of Democracy! We do the Democracy Experiential Workshop > put yourself in the shoes of a voting Athenian -reenact the speaking & voting process!
Big plus: the great view of the Acropolis-Parthenon.
On the same hill also located the Observatory, the Doras Stratos Theater, the Philopappou Monument, the Church of St. Demetrius, the Socrates prison, ruins of the ancient wall of Athens, as well as the traces of a major ancient road linking Athens with the port of Piraeus, right through the ruins of the ancient municipality of Meliti.
Written 2 November 2022
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BRDman7
Vancouver, Canada328 contributions
Sep 2022
This was a fascinating stop to see and learn about the birthplace of Democracy, something which so many of us have to be thankful for. I was very happy to have seen and read about such a historical site for the entire world.
Written 2 October 2022
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Oliver Eriksen
4 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
Must visit! Quite landscape just 5min from Acropolis, with amazing view! It is the hill where the Athena citizens meetings took place, and my family had the Democracy experience from Hellas Revival, so we spend very well our time as ancient Greek citizens!
Written 11 July 2022
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Harrison F. Carter
Cologne, Germany10,753 contributions
Feb 2022
A good, short and easy walk - assuming reasonable mobility. Lovely views over massive Athens, and across to the Acropolis. Well worth a visit.
Written 5 March 2022
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ludor
Iasi, Romania2,897 contributions
Dec 2021
The place where two and a half millennia ago the Athenian democratic assemblies were meeting and where Pericles, Demosthenes, Aristides and others were giving speeches.

Also, amazing views, great walking area and free entrance.
Written 12 December 2021
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REDMAN
Egaleo, Greece4,300 contributions
Nov 2021
Again this year, we did all the 42km of the Authentic Marathon, with the MDA Hellas! The route was passing through all these beautiful and ancient neighborhoods!
Oh, I hope you, readers, to experience that some time!
Written 25 November 2021
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Gillian Mulvany
New York City, NY5 contributions
Nov 2020
Must visit and step on the same ground where Athenians assembly took place 2500years ago and see the stone speaker’s platform. Not many tourists know about this place, I learned all about it during the Hellas Revival democracy workshop. The place is calm and peaceful with an amazing view of Athens and Acropolis. I took wonderful photos. Tip: Wear comfortable shoes, and bring water with you.
Written 23 November 2020
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Vitor Pereira
5 contributions
Oct 2020
Must visit! Why? Because you will be on the place where democracy was born and the public assembly met and voted. We had the Hellas Revival democracy workshop on Pnyx and the whole experience was absolutely inspiring! We discovered why democracy was born at that place and in that particular times and how it was actually perfomed, and we voted using the same materials as the ancients did. Can you imagine doing that on the exact same ground?
Plus the entrance is free
Plus it is very beautiful hill with direct view of Acropolis, we took great pics.
Written 31 October 2020
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permia
Ireland38,074 contributions
Mar 2020
It was marvellous to see the Speaker's Platform where statesmen such as Themistocles, Pericles and Demosthenes gave orations to the assembled democratic crowds.

At its zenith up to 6,000 citizens gathered here numerous times a year to listen to policy arguments and then vote to accept or reject. This was via different coloured objects that were dropped into a container and then counted.

Also to be seen are foundation remnants of the vast Themistoclean Wall that was built as an Athenian defence following the Persian invasions and defeats of 490 and 480 BC.
Written 19 April 2020
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