"Great view!" Philopappos Hill and Monument Tip by leigh767
Philopappos Hill and Monument, Athens: 29 reviews and 61 photos
To walk up the entire hill to reach the monument will take approximately 20 minutes of good exercise, but once up there, the view is magnificent! The Acropolis and the sprawling city all around you, the panoramic view is lovely! Halfway up, there is flat landing and cool, shady areas for you to stretch out on a bench and read a book. It's a wonderful way to relax-- how often can one relax with a view of 5000 years of history? :D
For the history buffs or plain curious: Philopappos Hill was named after Prince Gaius Julius Antiochus Philopappos of Commagene. This kingdom in Upper Syria was overthrownby Romans in 72 AD and the prince was exiled to Athens to become the benefactor of the city. He spent several years (between 114 AD and 116 AD) building his own monument on this very hill. The monument, which can still be seen today, is made of Pentelic marble and shows Prince Philopappos himself alongside some of his ancestors. You can't miss it!
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