"Free view!" Philopappos Hill and Monument Tip by kanjon

Philopappos Hill and Monument, Athens: 27 reviews and 52 photos

Free view! - Athens

Up here on Pholopappos hill, or, "The hill of the Muses" (love that name!!!) you get your own, free view of Athens, from the sea to the other hills. Marvellous! Acropolis is at its best here, at least until they finish the museum, far from the bigger crowds. Of course there are other tourists, but they all were cool, and we took each others photos. it is quite a climb, but well worth it, the view is amazing!

There is a lot to see here apart from the view: a monument of Gaios Julios Antiochos Epiphanes Philopappos, that is also his tomb, built by the Romans in 114-116 AD, the Byzantine Church Agios Dimitrios and, maybe coolest of all, the hill of the Pnyx, where democracy is said to be born!!!! Until we find a better way we must celebrate its birth! Ironically, when talking of democracy, the hill also holds a cave where it is said that Socrates was jailed, having said too much about the Athenians of the time´s sense of justice...

I also like the "wild" part of the hill, with bushes and natural paths. In our stroll we met a lot of Athenians walking their dogs, a live turtle and a live flasher, smiling happily at us while, yeah... So, maybe this isn´t the place to walk alone...

To me, this place is of greatest interest, as it was from this spot the Venician army attacked the Acropolis during their siege of Athens in 1687. The Parthenon was used as a powder magazine by the Ottomans and on September 26 1687, one of captain-general Francesco Morosini's cannon-balls hit right on target... More on this on my coming tip on Acropolis...

Address: Metro Monastiraki or Acropolis
Directions: Walk from the entrance to the Acropolis down the hill bearing to your left and across the street to one of the paths. Or, from Dionisiou Areopagitou pedestrian street take left before Apostolou Pavlou street, across the parking.

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  • Updated Jun 12, 2008
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  • AristotleKoskinas's Profile Photo
    Oct 17, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    I absolutely agree with you: the hill of Philopappos/the Muses is one of the best places to see the Acropolis and the rest of Athens.
    Unfortunately, the story about the bomb being shot from there is false.
    The bomb was actually shot from a mortar, which was probably in Plaka. How can I be so sure? See here: aristotleguide.wordpress.com...

    • kanjon's Profile Photo
      Nov 3, 2012 at 2:15 AM

      Interesting alternative! I will check it out. Do you have other reading in English to suggest on this subject? Thank you!

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