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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 infamous Monastiraki Flea Market.

The area is hosts amzing shops, from clothing boutiques and souvenir shops, to specialty stores, and is a major tourist attraction in Athens and Attica for bargain shopping. The area is named after Monastiraki Square and was the heart of Athens, which in turn is named for 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. You can 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. Have a walk and stay to enjoy a coffee or have a meze at the small restaurants of the area.