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Monastiraki means “the little monastery” due to the 10th century monastery dominating the square. It is an open flea market neighborhood in the old town of Athens and is one of the principal shopping districts of Athens; a real bargain on its own right.
The area is home to different shops ranging from clothing and apparel boutiques to souvenirs and antiques and is a major tourist attraction for money-for-value shopping as well as a very popular local tavern point, especially on the small pedestrian Adrianou street that connects Monastiraki with Thisio. In Monastiraki you will also find the entrances to the Ancient and Roman Agoras of Athens.
At the colorfully stone-paved Monastiraki square, just 5 minutes walking from the hotel, you will find the Metro station that can either take you to the port of Piraeus (line 1) or directly to the airport (line 3).
The name of Thisio comes from the ancient times and derives from the Temple of Hephaestus, also known as Thisio (pronounced [θiˈsio]), as it was, in earlier times, mistakenly considered a Temple of Theseus due to the artful engravings depicting the adventures of Theseus on the fascias of the temple.
It homes very significant archeological sites, such as the Ancient Agora. Thisio is a famous meeting point in the city center.
Its promenades are beautiful to walk and are full of cafés, bars and taverns. At Thisio, you can also find Cine Thisio, which is an open air cinema with view to the Acropolis, open during the summer and was voted one of the world's best by CNN Go travel website.
The Acropolis is the hill and major citadel on which, along with other architectural mastrpieces of the antiquity, one of the most significant ancient building stands, The Parthenon.
The Parthenon was built in the 5th century B.C. and part of it still exists today. It was a temple dedicated to the ancient Greek goddess Athina.
Acropolis means “Edge of the city” and almost every city had one in ancient times for strategic reasons, so that the enemy was seen from far away. It is also called the “Sacred Rock". Acropolis of Athens is only a 15 minute walk from the hotel.
Just take the pedestrian road Apostolou Pavlou Street walking through Thisio and its café bars and enjoy the scenery; as you get closer so does the Acropolis. The Acropolis is open everyday and there are a few National Holidays where the entrance is free. Please note that winter and summer working hours vary so please ask the Front Desk of the O&B before heading to the Acropolis.
The Acropolis Museum opened its gates in 2009 and presents artifacts and findings from the Parthenon and the slopes of the Acropolis hill as well as findings from the temple sites and the immediate area dated from the 5th century B.C. to the 5th century A.D.
The museum has four levels – one an auxiliary hall and three housing the findings, ascending on the first in a manner of ascending Acropolis itself. The Parthenon Hall faces in the same direction with the Parthenon itself and it is a marvel to wonder its collection. As the museum is built over an extensive archeological site, the floor, outside and inside, is often transparent using glass and thus the visitor can see the excavations below.
The Acropolis Museum is only a 20 minute walk from the O&B Athens Boutique Hotel. The same walkway that you will take for the Acropolis is the same going to the Acropolis Museum. Their gates are almost adjacent from each other. It is suggested that you visit the museum first, then visit the Acropolis so as to get a better understanding of its history.
Find out more at our Collections & Museums page.
More than twenty major buildings expanding on the foot of the Acropolis, form the Ancient Agora of Athens. The Agora was back then, the central area of Athens where political issues, commercial and social activities took place and unfolded. It was where the city council members used to meet and discuss a great number of issues.
It was also the center for religious & cultural affairs. The Agora of Athens was the home of the Athenian courts as well as a residential and burial area. It was said that if anyone was in Agora at the time of a trial, he would be forced by law to become a juror.
The Ancient Agora is just 3 minutes from the O&B Athens Boutique Hotel, just by crossing Ermou street and walking across Monastiraki. To enter, you can use the combined ticket from the Acropolis since the ticket grants you the entrance in 5 different major historical sites in Athens.
Keramikos is another unique neighborhood in the center of Athens at a 10-minute walking distance from the hotel. Keramikos is the Greek word for “ceramic” the matterial used for pottery.
The "Inner Kerameikos" was the former "potters' quarter" within the city and "Outer Kerameikos" covers the cemetery and also the public graveyard just outside the city walls, where Pericles delivered his famous funeral oration in 431 BC.
The Keramikos Archaeological Museum houses the most extensive collection of burial-related artifacts in Greece. The stone-paved promenade between the Thisio square and the Gazi district is both ideal and idyllic for a walk at dusk or just before the dawn, returning from the fiery Gazi nightlife. You may find out more about the Archaeological Museum of Keramikos on our website's Collections & Museums section.