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The Bema on Pnyx or Hill Pnyx or Pnika Jan 02, 2012
History :

The hill of Pnyx is located about 500 meters (1640ft) west of the Acropolis.

It is a spacious, semi-circular terrace, artificially leveled out of the rock side, the Bema, with a rostrum for orators. It was here that the early assemblies of the Athenian democracy met. This assembly, the ecclesia, met on average once every nine days and discussed and voted on items brought to it by the town council . Any citizen could speak to an issue and decisions were made by a vote of the majority present. However, 6.000 citizens (all male) were needed for a quorum and sometimes it was necessary to scour the agora, 400 meters to the northeast, in order to recruit citizens to secure the minimum needed for the quorum.

Area map of the Bema . This area, exhibiting three building phases, was first used in the early fifth century BC and continued in use at least through the fourth century BC. In the first period, the natural hillside was used as the cave a of the theatre. The surface was evened off by quarrying out the hard limestone, while a straight retaining wall was built on the north side. In the second period, the arrangement of the auditorium was very different; a high, semicircular retaining wall was built to the north, supporting an embankment sloping down to the south, that is, in the opposite direction comparing to the first period. The approach was through the two stairways, 3,90 meter wide. Reconstruction of phase 3 of the Pnyx (4th century BC)

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What around : Theiseio , Arxaia Agora , Kerameikos, Acropoilis Museum , Acropolis , Pnyka .

How to go : Just the opposite side of Acropolis , you can see it . Walk on the hill . Metro Acropolis or theisio station .

Tips : Wear shoes with rubber soles as leather ones or sport shoes . Try to visit with daylight !

Opening hours and tickets : Daylight . (All time is open but quiet dangerous at the night time ) , Free , no ticket !

Great Athens panoramic view , And nice picture point for the Acropolis !

The photos are mixed from different visits from 2009-2012 !

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 :) . Extra information contact with me :). Thanks for reading !
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