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    It’s worth putting up with the 10km (6 miles) of dreary scenery from the centre of Athens to reach the 11th-century Byzantine monastery at Daphni (Dafni), celebrated for its mosaics. Two enormous cypresses and an olive tree mark the entrance in a tall wall.

    Nothing in Western art will prepare you for the stupendous Christ Pantocrator in the dome – to be viewed, as the artists intended, from the entrance. The other mosaics in the church are also worth lingering over (binoculars help in studying details). Look particularly for the one depicting the crucifixion, with its moving portrayal of the Virgin Mary’s grief. Though the monastery is no longer inhabited, an autumn wine festival is held in the grounds.
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      • Ano Liosia Olympic Hall
        8.83 Km from Daphni Monastery
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      • Titania (Hotel)
        9.00 Km from Daphni Monastery
        Titania Hotel is a 4 star historic hotel in the center of Athens, Greece. It is located on Panepistimiou Street, in the heart of the historical and commercial centre of the Greek capital, between the two major squares, Syntagma and Omonoia. Titania has been renovated in 2004 and 2007, is decorated with Pentelic marble, and exquisite inlaid mosaics with themes from Greek history. Titania has two of the largest conference centers in central Athens, the "Europa" and "Ouranos", h...
      • National Gallery (Athens)
        10.76 Km from Daphni Monastery
        The National Art Gallery and Alexander Soutzos Museum (Greek: Εθνική Πινακοθήκη, Ethniki Pinakothiki) is an art museum in Athens devoted to Greek and European art from the 14th century to the 20th century. It is directed by Marina Lambraki-Plaka.
      • Folk Art Museum of Acharnes
        11.44 Km from Daphni Monastery
        The Folk Art Museum of Acharnes is a museum in Acharnes, a northern suburb of Athens, Greece. It was founded in 1977 by the local Greek Mountaineering Society, which also formed the Historical and Folklore Association in 1981, to which it bequeathed the museum in 1982. The archaeological part of the collection was then separated from the historical and folklore material and was given to the Hellenic Ministry of Culture. Former Minister Melina Mercouri founded for it the Archaeological Museum of ...
      • Badminton Theater
        12.52 Km from Daphni Monastery
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      • Vorres Museum
        19.74 Km from Daphni Monastery
        The Vorres Museum is a diachronic museum of folk and contemporary art in Paiania, East Attica, Greece. Its grounds cover 80 acres (320,000 m2) including several buildings, gardens and courtyards. Its collection includes over 6000 pieces covering 4000 years of Greek history and art. The museum has been donated by the Vorres family to the Greek state. Its President and Founder was Ian Vorres (1924 - 2015), who studied in Canada at Queen's University and Toronto University.
      • Attica Zoological Park
        24.05 Km from Daphni Monastery
        Attica Zoological Park, is a 20-hectare (49-acre) private zoo located in the Athens suburb of Spata, Greece. The zoo is home to about 2000 animals representing 400 species, and is open 365 days per year. Attica Zoological Park is a member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA).
      • Terra Vibe Park
        28.46 Km from Daphni Monastery
        Terra Vibe is a park in Attica, Greece, which is used as a venue for large-scale outdoor events, such as concerts and festivals. Opened in 2004, it has hosted events such as the Rockwave Festival and Terra Vibe Festival, and covers 40 acres (160,000 m2). In 2010, the Sonisphere Festival took place and the Big Four of thrash metal performed with headliners Metallica. Mötley Crüe were due to play Rockwave in 2009 as part of the Crüe Fest tour but due to heavy rain in the Malakasa area, the venue w...
      • Marathon Dam
        29.13 Km from Daphni Monastery
        The Marathon Dam is a gravity dam on the Charadros River, near its junction with the Varnavas Stream, 8 km (5 mi) west of Marathon and 45 km (28 mi) northeast of Athens in Greece. The dam created Lake Marathon for the primary purpose of municipal water supply. Constructed between 1926 and 1929, it was the sole supplier of water to Athens until 1959. The dam is often cited for its role in the modernization of Greece and the first recorded case of seismic activity associated with reservoir inundat...

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      • Keramikos Archaeological Site

        Lying to the west of the Agora, along Ermou Street, is the ancient cemetery Keramikos. Off the beaten tourist track, you can explore the extensive ruins and sculpted tombs in relative peace.

        This was the burial site of important Athenians, and the collection of rich jewellery, gold, glass and ceramics found in their graves, dating back to the 7th century BC, indicates their statues.

        These items are on display in the cemetery’s small museum, which with its strikingly beautiful painted vessels and unusual offering channels and figurines is a real gem for pottery lovers.

        Keramikos Archaeological Site Ermou 148, Athina 105 53, Greece
      • Kastella
        Kastella Hill and the cliff-hugging road above Mikrolomano offer panoramic views of the harbor and the Athens area. You can reach Mikrolimano Neo Faliro stop and then walking (about 30 minutes).
        Kastella, Pireas 185 33
      • Mikrolimano
        Further east of Piraeus lies the picturesque Mikrolimano, a small semi-circular harbor for fishing boats. This small bay is lined with canvas covered outdoor restaurants serving up fresh seafood. Some are rather expensive, but the are very popular with Greek patrons.
        Mikrolimano Pireas 185 33, Greece
      • Archaeological Museum of Piraeus
        Archaeological Museum of Piraeus is located nearby Zea Marina.

        It is a spacious place which displays the treasures of ancient shipwrecks around the harbor. The upper floor has three magnificent Bronzes – Athena of Piraeus with owls and griffins on her helmet, a handsome Apollo, and Artemis the huntress. In an adjoining room you’ll find the marble remnants of the massive Kallithea monument.
        Archaeological Museum of Piraeus Char. Trikoupi 31, Pireas 185 36
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        Greece Athens Tours Pireos 16, Athina 105 52, Greece
      • Temple of Hephaestus
        The temple of Hephaistos – known as the Thisio – is one of the best preserved in Athens. Admission includes entrance to the Stoa of Attallus Museum.
        Temple of Hephaestus Athens 105 55, Greece
      • ΑΡΓΥΡΟΣ ΑΘΑΝΑΣΙΟΣ ΕΥΑΓΓΕΛΟΣ
        A friendly, family-run restaurant at Mikrolimano, serving a good selection of fresh fish in a water-front setting.
        ΑΡΓΥΡΟΣ ΑΘΑΝΑΣΙΟΣ ΕΥΑΓΓΕΛΟΣ Akti Koumoundourou 32, Pireas 185 33
      • The Pnyx

        This terraced hillside is the location of the Acropolis Sound and Light performances. The Pnyx – meaning ‘tightly packed space’ – is where the free citizens of 5th-century BC Athens met in democratic assembly.

        At that time, the rocky platform here was the site of the Stone of Vima, an ancient Speaker’s Corner, where people gathered to hear the likes of Pericles, Themistocles and Demosthenes hold forth.

        The Pnyx Mouson 23, Athina 117 41, Greece
      • Athens

        Athens is Europe's southern-most capital city and the gateway to Greece and the ancient world. Its renowned hallmark is the gleaming marble of the monuments of the Acropolis, which rise triumphantly above the city, proud survivors of the ravages of man and time.

        People have dwelt on this rock for some 5,000 years — a lineage so ancient as to make all other European cities seem young by comparison.

        Below, in the ancient Agora, or marketplace, Socrates held his dialogues, and the system of democracy e know today had its beginning, making Athens the cradle of Western civilization. It is this rich history that continues, to act as a magnet for travellers throughout the world. Modern Athens is far removed from the elegant splendour of its classical ruins.

        The sprawl of steel and concrete retches up into the surrounding hills as far as the eye can see. (Remarkably for a city of this size, there are no skyscrapers and under a dozen tall buildings.) Aesthetics have fallen by the wayside during the 20th century, for a massive influx of rural Greeks and repatriated countrymen from Turkey has made a necessity of rapid (and frenzied) growth.

        Today, metropolitan Athens, along with the adjoining city and port of Piraeus, is home to more than 4 million people, a figure that equals nearly half the population of the entire country.

        It is fitting, too, that the venerable monuments of Athens, built by the ancient citizens, should still stand in the viable heart of their descendants. Historian Thomas William Rolleston wrote: "The elements which in the most remote times have entered into nation’s composition endure through all its history, and help to mould that history, and to stamp the character and genius of the people."

        Athens has always been a world crossroads. Having dealt with invaders throughout its history, the city has coped well with the tourist bombardment of recent years (Greece receives around 10 million visitors a year!). Even those heading for the islands often spend at least a night or two in Athens, and for many, this is a destination in its own right. If the urban din gets too much, mountain villages, get- away islands and beaches are easily accessible.

        Athens, a city very much on the move, absorbs effortlessly its waves of visitors, while straining its Hellenic ingenuity for greater commercial and in industrial prominence. Yet in the end, regardless of how modern it becomes or the extent of the progress it achieves, it will always uphold the splendid heritage evoked by its very name.

        One of the oldest remaining cities on the face of the planet, Athens has stood at the center of the world for thousands of years as a leader in philosophy, history, culture, and mythology. From places such as the Acropolis—often credited as the birthplace of modern civilization—with the Parthenon, the Erectheon, and temples to Zeus, Agora, Athena, and Dionysus, to places such as the National Archeological Museum or the harbor of Piraeus, Athens is a symbol of what Europe has been over the millennia: the birthplace of the humanities. 

        Classical Athens is how most people prefer to remember the city, and it is the basis for the tourism that forms the major industry of this Greek city. It was the centre for arts, philosophy, science, math, and more. Plato’s Academy was based here, as was Aristotle’s Lyceum, and it was here that democracy was first born. In fact, many people call this the cradle of Western civilization, and the proof of that has been well-preserved over the years. In addition, the city was host to the first modern Olympic Games back in 1896, hearkening back to the times when the ancient games had been hosted in Olympia from 776 B.C. to 393 A.D. 

        Athens, Greece
      • Ancient Agora of Athens

        Wander around the sprawling ruins of the ancient marketplace, where democracy and philosophy had their beginnings.

        The museum within holds a large collection of pots, coins, household objects and pottery fragments (ostraka), on which the Athenians wrote names of prominent men they wanted to vote into exile. Also here are a huge bronze shield taken from the Spartans during the Peloponnesian War and a klirotirion, and unusual device for relegating public duties by lot – and important feature of ancient Athenian democracy.

        Ancient Agora of Athens Adrianou, Athina 105 55, Greece

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      Month Temp °C Rainfall Cm Temp °F Rainfall Inches
      Jan 9.3 82.8 48.7 32.6
      Feb 9.8 61.7 49.6 24.3
      Mar 11.7 53.1 53.1 20.9
      Apr 15.5 30.1 59.9 11.9
      May 19.8 26.7 67.6 10.5
      Jun 23.8 16.3 74.8 6.4
      Jul 26.8 6 80.2 2.4
      Aug 26.8 9.3 80.2 3.7
      Sep 23.3 25.1 73.9 9.9
      Oct 19.1 59.9 66.4 23.6
      Nov 14.6 79.8 58.3 31.4
      Dec 11.3 92.9 52.3 36.6

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        • Wonderful place, a must see if you are interested in byzantine art/architecture. You can get there by bus from Athens (about 30 minutes, normal ticket costs 1.40 €), google has the bus connections. For example from Omonia square. Get off at the stop “Psychiatreio“. From there it's a two minute walk (along the highway in the direction of the bus, but on the other side of the street). The place is a little hidden but very close to the highway. Mind that the opening hours are tuesday and friday only, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to enter the site you have to ring the door bell.
        • Byzantine monastery of 11th century with impresive mosaic. The constraction ladders are off. An UNESCO world heritage monument. Easy to visit from Athens.
        • It is said that opening day was in Tuesday and Friday, and I believed it and went there. But the gate was closed and "please call this telephone (with the picture of telephone)" but this telephone could not be seen. There was another guy from abroad and he also abandoned to enter.
        • Beautiful, although it was closed when I visit it
        • Is one of the most important #Byzantine monuments in #Athens #Greece

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