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Monastiraki Square is the heart of old Athens. One of the must see places in Athens it has great landmarks. The Hadrian’s Library, the Ancient Agora and the rebuilt Stoa of Attalos, with a museum exhibiting Athenian artifacts. Mostly known for the famous Monastiraki Flea Market.

The area is hosts amazing shops, from clothing boutiques and souvenir shops, to specialty stores, and is a major tourist attraction in Athens and Attica for bargain shopping. Also, the area is named after Monastiraki Square and was the heart of Athens, which in turn is named from the Church of the Pantanassa that is located within the square.

Pantanassa church
Pantanassa church

What to see in Monastiraki Square:

The Square: It is a historic square with b, where you can see beautiful landmarks like the Tzistaraki Mosque, the Andrian Library and the Pantanassas Byzantine Church. You can arrive via the metro and pay attention at one of the oldest metro stations in Athens (1895). The station kept it’s character even after the renovation.

Avissinia Square or Giousouroum: This is the central square of Monastiraki. Also you will find literally everything. Great shopping for antique furniture or antique models as well as every kind of second hand items. Moreover, you can also find old closets, bookshelves, frames, mirrors, secretaires, tables, gramophone records and music instruments. Shopping is much easier if you visit these markets early in the morning.

Andrianos Str: This is a classic Athens street that extends from Andrianos Library to “Theseion” metro station. The neoclassic one or two storey buildings house antique shops and shops with traditional items. Also, have a walk and stay to enjoy a coffee or have a meze at the small restaurants of the area.

Roman Agora

The most impressive part of the constructing that survives these days is its western facade. The type of the materials used there display the superb cost of the project. The wall became created from Pentelic marble, while the columns of the propylon (entrance) have been comprised of Phrygian marble, imported from the imperial quarries. The relaxation of the columns had been also furnished by using the imperial quarries of Karystos and, maximum likely, they were used to support statues of Nike. The lower back wall of the library changed into the location in which the valuable scrolls and books was kept. The whole complex blanketed auditoriums, studying rooms, as nicely as a long pool within the center, growing a tranquil environment, suitable for the constructing’s function. Unfortunately, in 267 CE the invasion of the Herulians destroyed the constructing and the Athenians never succeeded in restoring it to its former glory. After the domination of Christianity, a church turned into built in which the pool of the Library used to stand.

A good area for shopping
Situated on the north side of the Acropolis, Monastiraki is one of the most popular shopping areas in Athens. There are all types of shops, including vintage and second-hand clothing stores.

In addition, one of the main attractions is Monastiraki’s Flea Market. This lively bazaar is overflowing with hundreds of stalls that sell from handmade jewelry, relics, carpets, typical souvenirs, clothes and accessories. Just like in Istanbul’s popular Grand Bazaar, tourists will have to bargain to get the best prices possible.

Old and new Athens converge in Monastiraki. The metro disgorges passengers on Adrianou, a avenue this is the flea market’s primary artery but was also a part of the historic city. The city’s ancient layers and the area’s traditionally various groups align here: appearance up from the square closer to the Acropolis and your line of sight crosses each a mosque and a Byzantine church.

Monastiraki, or ‘little Monastery’, is called after a monastic compound that when occupied the site. Today, all that’s left is the small 10th-century Pantanassa basilica at the square.

A wave of gentrification swept most of the vintage artisan workshops from Psirri and changed them with bars and eateries in the early 21st century.

Now present day craftspeople are transferring back in, producing leather sandals and quirky souvenirs instead of wicker chairs and tinware. And derelict buildings had been revitalised with excellent shows of street art. But Psirri remains at its maximum enchanting, and liveliest, at night, when the second-hand stores near and the trendy night-spots set their stools out on the narrow streets.

Melidoni Street

Finally, in Monastiraki Square the heart of old Athens you must visit Psirri! In the early 20th century, Psirri was a neighbourhood with a strong Jewish presence. The two synagogues around the corner from the official Holocaust Memorial—a minimalist sculpture of a compass-like Star of David on Evovoulou Street—attest to this. Concluding efforts that had begun in 1840, a site for a synagogue in Athens was finally purchased in 1903. But differences between Sephardic and Romaniote Jews led to the establishment of a second synagogue a few doors down. Both synagogues still survive on Melidoni Street, though they are rarely open to the general public. The oldest, Romaniote synagogue at No. 8, is known as the Ioanniotiki, reflecting the community’s roots in the northern Greek city of Ioannina. The newer one, a marble-clad 1930s structure renovated in 1970, stands at No. 5.

 

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