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Kerameikos Athens Reviews

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The ancient cemetery of Athens ! Jan 02, 2012
History :

Kerameikos was named after the community of the potters (kerameis) who occupied the whole area along the banks of river Eridanos.

The walls of Athens divided the area into two sections. The wall had two gates, Dipylon and the Sacred Gate, placed at the outset of the two most important processional roads of Athens, the Panathenaic Way which led to the Acropolis, and the Sacred Way which led to Eleusis. Outside the city walls, along the sides of both roads lay the official cemetery of the city, which was continuously used from the 9th century BC until the late Roman period. Tombstone in the Kerameikos museum

It was in this area that the roads to Athens from Piraeus, Eleusis, Boeotia and Plato's Academy converged. The road from Plato's Academy led up to the Dipylon while the lera Odos (or Holy Way) from Eleusis led up to the lera Pyli (Sacred Gate), built in , 478 BC. This gate was protected by two square towers and had a courtyard divided into two parts, one of which was occupied by the bank of the river.

Useful Links : More information at the official web site of Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism!

What around : Acropoli , Kerameikos, Acropoilis Museum , Plaka , Monastiraki .

How to go : Just come down from the acropolis rock . Or just get in from the monastiaki side , street name Ermou ! With Subway Theision terminal , Metro Monastiraki station !

Tips :

Opening hours and tickets :

Summer (01/04-31/10) ,08:00-19:30 daily , Mon 11:00-19:30

Winter (01/11-31/03) , 08:00-15:00 daily

Normal 2 Euro , Reduced 1 Euro (Day ticket for all archaeological entries , must be 12 entrances and cost 12euro include Kerameikos and Museum). The prices @ 2011 .

Every Sunday in winter period have free entrance for the most of that !

The photos are from 2012 !

P.s. I make the review like a small guide ! I know is more better and easier to read ! If you ask me what I like ? I like all of them and love to be a tourist in my city :)

I am not Historical or a Guide , just explore my city :) . For extra informations contact with me :).
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