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Philopappos Hill

Known as the Hill of the Muses, Philopappos provides a stunning view of the Acropolis and Parthenon.

TravelCurious Tip

It may be slightly busier, but the view of the Parthenon from Philopappos Hill at sunset is unforgettable.

The view from the top of Philopappos hill is undoubtedly one of the finest in Athens. The summit is level with the plateau of the Acropolis, and offers a stunning view of the Parthenon, allowing you to appreciate it in way that is impossible when you’re next to it. Looking south-west you can take in the expanse of the Saronic Gulf, and on a clear day you can see the densely forested peaks of Parnitha National Park 30km away to the north.


In Memoriam

The hill is named for Gaius Julius Antiochus Epiphanes Philopappus, a prince from the kingdom of Commagene. As one of the most famous and popular Greeks in the Roman Empire at the time, his death in 116 was deeply felt by the citizens of Athens. To commemorate him, they erected an exquisite two-storey monument in a position of great honour opposite the Acropolis, and the hill, which had previously been known as Mouseion Hill, eventually took his name.


Thunderstruck

The walk to the top can seem rather daunting as you approach it, but there is plenty of shade on the footpath to protect you from the scorching Athenian sun. Soon after the path begins on Dionysiou Areopagitou, you will pass the rustic Church of Agios Dimitrios Loumbardiaris, which is named for an incident in which an Ottoman soldier was struck by lightning as he attempted to fire a cannon at the Christians below. Further up the hill you will find Socrates’ prison and the Shrine of the Muses, perfect places for a quick rest if you’re feeling a bit tired.


Nearby Attractions

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Temple of Athena Nike
Next to the Propylaea lies the Acropolis' earliest Ionic temple, built for the goddess of victory and restored after its destruction in 1686.
Odeon of Herodes Atticus
Built on the Acropolis' southwest slope in memory of the beloved wife of magnate Atticus, this 2nd century theatre is still used today as a venue for live performances.
Anafiotika
Populated with small, cubic houses in Cycladic style, this beautiful tiny neighbourhood is part of the historical Plaka area.
Areopagus Hill
Also known as the Rock of Ares, this outcrop is famed as the location of Paul's sermon to the Athenians.
The Prison of Socrates
It's rumoured that Socrates' final imprisonment, and the later setting of Plato's Crito, was in these caves on Philopappos Hill.
Dionysiou Areopagitou Street
Walk along the pedestrian street of Dionysiou Areopagitou and have magnificent views of the Acropolis.

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