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Odd place because there are no really old grave sites to be found in any obvious places. Most are from the last 100 years. Still a nice, peaceful place to get away from the Athens crowds to contemplate life and death. Mostly there are crypts...More
We love visiti4ng the old cemeteries but this one didn't measure up. Interesting, but not a lot of the really old sites we love, the ones with the unique headstones and super old dates. We walked over there and I don't think I'd spend the...More
Honestly the 1st cemetery in Athens is a place, anyone should visit. There are not only famous "residents" such as Vougiouklaki, Kolokotrinis, Schliman or seferis but also neoclassical statues and funerary monuments with remarkable beauty.
Is what I thought after our visit. Look at what people did (and spent!) for those they loved and admired. If you've never thought of visit a cemetery, you've missed out. I was fortunate enough to visit with an Athenian whose family has a gravesite...More
The first cemetery of Athens might not be top of your sightseeing list, but it certainly worth a visit, especially if you want a peaceful break from the frantic traffic of the city, and want to learn about Greek customs regarding death (cremation has only...More
My partner visited Greece recently, and I decided to show him the First Cemetery of Athens.
You might think it's a tad grim to take my partner to a cemetery, but trust me, if you're in Athens and you love architecture or just love visiting...More
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.