8 Archaeological Sites and Museums You Can’t Miss in Athens Beyond the Acropolis
Widely considered to be the birthplace of democracy and the cradle of Western civilization, Athens has been continuously settled for at least 5,000 years, making it one of the world’s oldest cities. As such, Athens is one of the richest archaeological sites on the planet. Stroll down Ermou, the city’s major shopping street, and you’ll catch tantalizing glimpses of the Acropolis, looming over the districts of Monastiraki, Plaka, and Psyri from atop its rocky limestone perch. But while it’s undoubtedly the most famous, the Acropolis — home to the iconic Parthenon — is far from the only ancient attraction in town. From ruined temples to sprawling cemeteries and world-class museums, here are eight lesser-known sites you should hit on your visit to Athens.