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Monastiraki Athens Reviews
The Flea Market ! Jan 02, 2012
Monastiraki (little monastery) is an old part of Athens which nestles under the ancient Acropolis. Monastiraki Square is the hub of life around here and the main street leading off takes one to narrow streets with a thousand artifacts to buy and sell. On one corner of the square is a relic of the Turkish occupation, the Mosque, minus minaret, built by the Athenian Muslim, Tsisdarakis in 1759Monastiraki flea market.
At its center lies Abyssinia Square which is the place where the Sunday flea market has been held since 1910. Monastiraki is a true fair for the one who strolls through it. Thousands of things are for sale .Old money can be found in these narrow alleyways and streets , books , vinyl disks etc . Souvenirs galore, some of them very good bargains, set among jewelers and furniture stores with pine cabinets stacked high among semi-antiques. Ceramics, terra cotta and marble ware, old chess sets and new ones made of silver, marble and brass, old copper pans and bronze hearth sets, jostle with chandeliers and phonographs, anything from souvenirs, to junk, to antiques. Bargaining is very acceptable here as it is throughout Greece and it can be good fun too.
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What around : Acropolis, Plaka and many other sights if you see my Athens reviews :) .
How to go : Downtown , with metro Monastiraki station or follow downhill the street Ermou or Mitropoleos from the Greek parliament or Syntagma square !
Tips : Bargains in any case and be careful for your items , bags etc , because have people congestion specially every Sunday ! Very good coffee shops and great taverns with souvlaki (kebab) near square !
Opening hours : The shops (clothes) are open from 09.00 – 21.00 almost everyday , but most of that are close the evening of Mondays ,Wednesdays ,Saturdays and Sundays ! Coffee shops , Taverns , souvenirs are open continues from early the morning until midnight !
The photos are mixed from different visits from 2009-2012 !
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