First Cemetery of Athens
First Cemetery of Athens
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Neighbourhood: Pangrati
The elongated Panathenaic Stadium, built for the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, acts as grand gateway to the otherwise purely Athenian neighborhood of Pangrati. This area of typical small squares, busy main roads and residential streets will give you a clear sense of what living in this metropolis is like. A walk up quiet Markou Mousourou Street on the west side of the stadium will bring you past the First National Cemetery to Mets, home to many expats. Turn right to reach the charming Platia Varnava. East of the stadium, commercial Eratosthenous Street leads to rather nondescript Platia Plastira, from where Effranoros Street continues uphill to Platia Profiti Ilia, crowned by a huge church. Among the standard four- to six-story apartment blocks that typify Athens, Pangrati also boasts some genuinely authentic tavernas and the odd trendy bar.
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Sammie-Jo69
North West England, UK322 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
Perfectly still and silent, the cemetery is vast and an interesting insight into the burial practices of the culture. You could spend anywhere from fifteen minutes to an hour depending on how much of it you want to see!
Written 20 August 2023
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Christine L
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
A truly magnificent place to visit, the memorialals are stunning showing the talent of the sculptors. Look out for the statue of the sleeping girl
Written 16 August 2023
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Panioann77
Larnaca, Cyprus754 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
A walk in the cemetery is a very interesting, calming place, with lots of trees, burial places of important personalities, beautiful marbles.
Written 19 June 2023
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Anne B
Greater Sydney, Australia42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Really interesting sculpture and art work on many tombstones. Lovely ambience of area to walk around.
Written 12 May 2023
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Sally C
Los Angeles, CA42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Well worth a visit! A peaceful retreat in the city. My husband and I were a little tired, so we took a cab there from our hotel near Syntagma Square. It was so refreshing we walked back the 2 miles or so, stopping by the Melina Mercouri monument, Hadrian's arch and Monastraki square on the way back.

Amazing tombs and statuary. I always look for women and animals in the statuary. We counted 18 cats scattered around the.main gate as we left around sunset
We're they hoping we'd stay? 😉
Written 12 April 2023
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Miluta Flueras
Bucharest, Romania25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Athens oldest cemetery is a beautiful and peaceful place to explore. It's full of fascinating history and stories. The grounds are well kept and the atmosphere is serene and calming. I highly recommend a visit to this quiet spot to anyone looking to explore the past and experience a piece of Athens' ancient heritage. 5 stars!
Written 24 December 2022
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Beth B
London, UK66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This is a beautiful cemetery with some amazing hand-carved sculptures and huge tombs. You can find Demis Roussos here and many Greek politicians and filmstars. The real highlight was chatting with one of the gravediggers and, as a result, getting a guided tour. It was a hot day, so we stopped to rest in the entrance and got chatting to Harry. He is a really engaging guy and we talked for a couple of hours about various things, including how the cemeteries work in Greece, then he led us to the most interesting graves and told us about them. And we met the stray kittens he is looking after. The cemetery is well worth a visit even if you don't get a guided tour. But if you do see Harry, say "hello"! You'll be in for a fascinating time.
Written 30 July 2022
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Bertie1224
Northamptonshire, UK525 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Amazing tombs and sculptures. Definitely worth a walk around and a quiet contemplation. Many recent tombs so being respectful for visitors would be crucial. It is not an a ancient venue. Amazing sculptures and poignant photos of loved ones.
Written 1 June 2022
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Janka K
Brno, Czech Republic6,340 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
As it happens with historical cemeteries, this is a cool park to chill and walk. The cemetery has a lot of trees and nice historical tombstones, statues and memorials.
Entrance is for free, nobody checks anything. The place is quite big so I recommend to take a bottle of water with you.
Since the place is still active and works as cemetery, be respectful. At the time when I was visiting the place, there was an ongoing funeral and a lot of mourning people in black were standing behind the gate in front of the chapel at the place. In this kind of situations I try to disturb people the least, and not grab any attention as a tourist.
Written 20 November 2021
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Allison E
Northfield, MN83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We loved our visit to this cemetery. You wouldn't normally think of a cemetery as a tourist attraction but this is the exception. The graves and mausoleums are works of art and deserve to be admired. The entire cemetery is also like walking through a garden. It is peaceful and quiet and an opportunity to enjoy something without the crowds that you find at other attractions and there is no charge.
We had only one full day to see a little of what the city had to offer and this was surprisingly one of my favorite things that we did.
We also came across a couple of men who were kind enough to tell us more about a grave we were looking at that belongs to Odysseas Androutsos, a hero in the Greek War of Independence. It was wonderful to learn more about it from some locals. They were very proud.
I wish we had had more time to explore as the grounds are large. This is also a great activity in Athens considering the current health crisis, considering there are so few visitors there.
Written 6 August 2021
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