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Plaka description and photos - Greece: Athens. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. The name in English is Plaka.
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At the foot of the Athenian Acropolis is the oldest district of the city - Plaka. Labyrinths of narrow streets, old houses in neoclassical style, historical monuments and museums, many souvenir shops and cozy restaurants will allow the most sophisticated tourist to spend time interestingly. There is also one of the oldest streets in Athens - Hadrian Street, it has retained its direction since ancient Greek times.
Although many buildings in this area date back to the 18th century, almost all of them were built on the foundations of ancient times. In those days, wealthy Athenians lived here. In the last century, many residents moved to other areas of Athens, and the buildings were occupied by various museums, shops, wine cellars and souvenir shops. Today, property prices here are comparable to scenes in the fashionable areas of Athens.
The central square of Plaka is called Filomousos Eteria. It got its name from the Society of fans of the muses (nine patron goddesses of art), founded in 1813.
The Children's Museum is worth visiting on Kidafenion Street. The reconstruction of a children's room with antique furniture and other attributes is especially interesting. You can even try on the clothes of that time there. This room is called "the room of grandparents." The museum also has its own playground and library.
For music lovers, it will be interesting to visit the Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments. The collection includes over 1200 different exhibits. You can not only watch, but also listen to the sound of each instrument.
The Plaka area also houses the Museum of Greek Folk Art, Kanellopoulos Museum, University of Athens History Museum and other famous museums.
On the way to the Roman Agora, there is the oldest meteorological monument, the Tower of the Winds, erected in the 1st century BC. The famous Lysicrates monument and Hadrian's Arch are located in Plaka. There are also many Orthodox churches in Plaka. For example, the Church of Christ the Savior (Hagia Sophia), the Church of St. Catherine, the Church of St. Nicholas Rangavas and others.
Plaka is the most ancient and picturesque district of Athens, which is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. Road traffic is prohibited in Plaka.
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