Our 200-year old historical villa holiday rental at the Plaka District is just a stone’s throw away from Greece’s most famous landmark—The Acropolis—which houses the most important ancient sites in the Western World. Literally meaning “virgin’s apartment”, the first few temples in the Acropolis were built in the Bronze Age in reverence to Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom and War. What used to be a center of the ancient city is now a top city attraction, swarming with tourists daily. The Acropolis is home to a number of architectural beauties, some of which includes the Propylaea, the Erechtheion, the Temple of Athena Nike, and the famous Parthenon. The Propylaea serves an entrance to the Acropolis, while the Erechtheion is a temple on the north side of the Acropolis dedicated to both Athena and Poseidon. The only temple built completely out of white Pentelic marble, the Parthenon is the largest Doric temple that took 15 years to complete, just in time for the Great Panathenaic Festival. Entry to the Acropolis is quite reasonable for it only costs €20 (with price reduction during winter season) to see the majestic views that it offers. The attractions in the Acropolis are unlike any other tourist site in the world, and it certainly is one of the must-see places when visiting Athens.
If you loved the views at the Acropolis, a museum at the Dionysiou Areopagitou Street would supplement your fascination with the old temples. The Acropolis Museum is dedicated to exhibiting the findings of the Acropolis. It exhibits stones and artifacts within Acropolis’ vicinity, ranging from the Greek Bronze Age to Byzantine Greece. Founded in 2003, the museum showcases more than 4,000 objects within its 14,000-square meter exhibition area. Admission to the Acropolis Museum only costs $5 and can be visited daily. Our Memphis 5 Collector’s Home luxury vacation rental allows you to access the museum within minutes for this apartment rental in Athens is situated behind the Acropolis museum. With a 2-bedroom and 2-toilet feature, the luxury apartment boasts a view of the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum in its balcony, which is the perfect setting for an evening aperitif to cap the day off.
Located on the Patission Street of Athens is one of the greatest antiquities museum in the world—the National Archaeological Museum. With over 11,000 exhibits, the collections in the museum are in an impressive Neoclassical building with an 8,000-square meter space for exhibiting the richest collection of Greek artifacts. The museum showcases a comprehensive collection of the Greek civilization--from the prehistoric times to the classical period, and up until the late antiquity. The National Archaeological Museum also has a number of interactive attractions within the museum, including the conservation laboratories, photographic archives, chemistry laboratories, temporary exhibitions, and annual archaeology-related lectures. In order to truly appreciate the museum, you should allot a few days of roaming around, but a few hours should be enough to see the highlights of this national museum. Entry to the National Archaeological Museum only costs €5, and it is open daily (Monday: 1 PM to 8 PM; Tuesday-Sunday: 9 AM to 4 PM).
Less than 25 minutes away from the National Archaeological Museum is another tourist site that boasts the rich culture of the ancient Athens—the Ancient Agora of Athens. Once a place of administration and commerce, the Agora used to the center of the ancient Athens’ daily life. What used to be a marketplace thronged with confectioners, cloth merchants, fishmongers, shoemakers, and an assembly of people conversing about current events, business, and politics is now bustling with inspecting tourists. Located northwest of the Acropolis, Agora is one of the most important parts of the ancient Athens for it was the birthplace of Ancient Greek democracy. Tourists can also visit the Museum of the Ancient Agora in the Stoa of Attalos wherein works of art that describe the private and public life of ancient Athens are exhibited.
In the heart of the modern city, Athens lies a quaint little church called Panaghia Kapnikaréa. Built in the 11th-century, the Kapnikarea Church is a class example of architecture from the Byzantine era and is a delightful place to visit. The church faced demolition in the 19th century; if it weren’t for King Ludwig I of Bavaria’s intervention, the beauty of the Kapnikarea would have crumbled to pieces. The church’s dome is supported by four large Roman columns, and its interior is adorned with 19th-century paintings. Located at Ermoú Street, the Panaghia Kapnikaréa is open from 8 AM to 2 PM every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
If you’re interested to learn more about the Byzantine period of Greek history, then visiting the Byzantine Museum and Christian Museum at Vassilissis Sofias Avenue is a must. Founded in 1914, the Byzantine Museum is one of the most important museums in Byzantine Art, and it has more than 25,000 exhibits, including scriptures, pictures, and copies of artifacts. Originally built for the Duchesse de Plaisance, the museum is housed in a 19th-century palace wherein religious artifacts and pieces from the early Christian, medieval and post-Byzantine eras. The museum’s highlights include the reproduction of a fountain depicted at the Monastery of Dafní and the courtyard’s mosaic floor from the 5th century. The Byzantine Museum is open daily from 8 AM to 8 PM, and a ticket to the museum only costs €8.
If you’re looking for luxury rental apartments to stay at on your Athenian vacation, All Luxury Apartments offers vacation rentals that would fit a range of location, budget, and duration of stay. With a number of accommodation choices, ranging from condos to luxurious apartment rentals, All Luxury Apartments can provide vacation rentals—be it for short term or long term—that would suit your needs.