Plaka is one of the most ancient settlements in Europe, with a history of more than 3.500 years. Located under the Acropolis, its charming atmosphere is spread all around the narrow streets, the ancient ruins, the Byzantine temples and the renovated neoclassical buildings. We present you a list of the best activities and sights, to make the best out of your visit in the heart of Athens.
The Roman Agora was created between 19 and 11 a.C. in order to honor the Roman emperor Julius Caesar and is located on the north side of the Acropolis, east of the ancient Athenian Agora. It was the first commercial center of Athens, consisting of a large open patio surrounded by columns. On the eastern side of the market there was a large number of shops, while οn the west side there was a fountain. Through the ages the Roman Agora, just like most of the monuments in Athens, was transformed with additions by the dominant cultures and religions (Byzantine, Ottoman etc.).
Roman Agora, Plaka, Greece
Frissiras Museum was established in 2000 in Plaka at the junction of Kidathinaion Street, located in two wonderful neoclassical buildings. Its collections include more than 3.000 paintings, drawings, sculptures and engravings of European artists, with the central subject being the human form. The museum organizes occasional exhibitions of Greek and European painters, as well as other various cultural events. It also houses a cafeteria and a shop.
Frissiras Museum, 3&7 Asteriou Street, Plaka, Greece, +30 2103234678
This center is focused on the collection, scientific research and documentation of the Asian Minor Greeks tradition since 1930, just a few years after the Asia Minor Catastrophe in 1923. It has gathered a unique historic archive of 150.000 manuscript pages, codes, documents, seals, as well as a rich and rare photographic record. The Center for Asia Minor Studies is located in a two-floor impressive building on Kidathinaion Street in Plaka that was built in 1842.
Center for Asia Minor Studies, 11 Kidathinaion Street, Plaka, Greece, +30 2103239225
Anafiotika is a tiny settlement that you wouldn’t imagine existing under the dominant holy rock of the Acropolis. A lush scenery meets the small white houses and their colorful gardens to create a magical landscape. Like a small Aegean island in the heart of the historical Athens, the settlement of Anafiotika was established in the 19th century by the builders who came from the islands to work in the reconstruction of the city of Athens and the construction of the palace of Otto and chose to build their houses under the Acropolis abiding by the Cycladic architecture, which reminded them of their homeland.
Anafiotika, Plaka, Greece
This museum hosts the private collection of the Canellopoulos family, which was donated to the Greek state in 1972. This collection includes more than 6.000 artifacts and objects from prehistoric to modern times. The Canellopoulos family aimed to prove the continuity of Greek art through the passage of time, but also claim the repatriation of priceless stolen Greek artifacts. It was established in 1976 in a neoclassical building of the late 19th century, on the forefoot of the Acropolis. The visitor of Canellopoulos Museum is offered a unique opportunity to have a deep insight into the essence and the evolution of Greek art, which has taken countless forms courtesy of the various geographical and social conditions.
Canellopoulos Museum, 12 Theorias Street, Plaka, Greece, +30 210 3212313