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Kerameikos

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Kerameikos features in these preplanned City Guides:

3-day Athens City Guide5-day Athens City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Peaceful walk among the ancient ruins
  • Remarkable museum

Time required: 90 minutes

Opening hours:

Time period Opening hours
April 1 - Oct 31, daily: 8am - 8pm
Nov 1 - March 31, daily: 8:30am - 3pm
Public holidays: Closed

Admission:

Ticket type Charge
General: 2 €
Reduced: 1 €

Public transport:

  • Green Metro Line: Thissio station

Address: Ermou 148, Thissio

Things you need to know:

  • Kerameikos used to be ancient Athens' pottery district. The word 'ceramic' stems from the name of the district, Kerameikos
  • The ancient Athens' outer city wall (built in 478 BC) ran through the district. It was built in haste and all materials that could be found in the city, including marble from temples and tombs, were incorporated
  • Athens' main entrance, the Dipylon Gate, stood here. It was a so-called corridor gate: a long interior court (41 by 22 m) with four towers acting as death trap to attackers
  • The lera Odos ('Sacred Road') passed through the Sacred Gate gate. The sacred road led to Demeter's temple (goddess of harvest and fertility) in ancient Eleusis
  • Along the road important statesmen and heroes were buried beneath imposing tombs. Highlight is the tomb of Dionysios of Kollytos with a marble bull
  • The Oberlander Museum displays a wild range of finds from the area. The collection includes many of the original tombs

What to do there:

  • Enter the museum that houses exhibits mainly related to burial customs, such as urns and monuments
  • Walk around the site littered with ancient remains

Tips & Insights:

  • Save some money by buying a combined ticket that gives access to Akropolis, Agora, Roman Forum, Temple of Olympian Zeus and Kerameikos

 

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