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Philopappos Hill

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Philopappos Hill.

Philopappos Hill features in these preplanned City Guides:

3-day Athens City Guide5-day Athens City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Amazing view over the whole city
  • Great hill for a stroll

Time required: 120 minutes

Public transport:

  • Red Metro Line: Akropoli station


Things you need to know:

  • Philopappos Hill is a pine-and-cypress-covered hill right next to Acropolis to the southwest. Winding shaded paths make the area ideal for taking strolls
  • The hilltop offers one of the best views of the city. This place used to be the favorite vantage-point of generals
  • Socrates' Prison, the cave where the ancient philosopher was held captive after his death sentence, is located here. Socrates died here after drinking a poisenous liquid
  • Philopappos tomb and monument, on the peak of Hill of Muses, was erected in honor of Roman senator Philopappos, a lover of Greek culture. He spent his retirement here and died in Athens in 114 AD
  • Church of Agios Dimitrios Loumbardiaris is a charming 15th c. Byzantine church decorated with some fine frescoes. A lightnign prevented a Turk commander from demolishing the temple with his cannons, hence its name 'Saint Dimitri the Bombardier'
  • On the first day of Lent, hundreds of Athenians gather here and fly kites

What to do there:

  • Walk around the hill following the winding paths and discover the various monuments
  • Enjoy the sweeping views from the Acropolis to the sea
  • Relax on a bench after the tiring sightseeing
  • Do not miss Agios Dimitrios church, Socrates' Prison and the Philopappos Monument

Philopappos Hill features in these preplanned City Guides: