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Walking tour in Athens between East & West

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Monastiraki Metro Station
Pl. Monastirakiou 12, Athina 105 55, Greece
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    We stroll around the most popular narrow streets in the heart of Athens and we discover the Ottoman influence to the city. We meet at the historical center at Monastiraki Square, where we can see the three landmarks of the long Greek history: the Roman Handrian’s Library, the Ottoman Mosque and the Byzantine Church standing next to each other, while the quintessence of the Athenian classical past, the Acropolis, is overlooking at them. Admire the evolution of the architecture of the city throughout centuries and observe hidden evidence of the reuse and the damage of the monuments. We learn about the story behind the name of Monastiraki Square; the big local market and landmark of the historical center located there since the long Ottoman period. We also hear the story behind the Tzisdarakis’ Mosque that lead to the fall of its founder. The tour continues under the dominant presence of the Acropolis, talking about its transformation under the Ottoman rule and about the social structure of Athens during the early modern period. Our next stop is at the oldest house of Athens (16th-18th centuries), the Benizelos’ mansion, admiring a characteristic example of the Ottoman of mansion which can be found all over the Balkans and Anatolia. We walk by the ‘’Kadi’s House’’, the Muslim Judge and we hear about the co-existence of Christians and Muslims under the Islamic law. The oldest Hammam Baths of Athens is our next visit where we learn about with the construction of the baths, its long tradition that dates back to the Ancient times while we get prepared for our own hammam experience! Don’t forget your swimwear! Enjoy a coffee-break at the lovely vintage café, in order to taste the debated Greek-Turkish coffee. Instead of this we can either move to the ‘’Al Hammam Traditional Baths’’, in order to have a relaxing experience, enjoying a cup of tea at the balconies of the bath against the great view of the Acropolis. Later on, we reach the point where the most imposing Ottoman complex of buildings was located, where we can still admire most of them. We observe the first mosque of Athens and hear stories about the sultans and the founder of the Ottoman Empire, Mehmed II. Imagine the incredible stages of reuse of the monument of the Tower of Winds and the dervishes dancing inside it! We talk about Education in the Ottoman period, as we observe the remaining of the Muslim school, the “Medrese". Finally, we talk about the evolution and the destruction of the monuments during the period of the Greek Revolution, the famous plane tree of this square and its connection to the Ottoman tortures. At the end, we enjoy our meal at a traditional restaurant with the special delicacies of the local cuisine of the Christian community in Turkey, and discuss about our multicultural experience! Don’t miss the chance to spend a long morning as a local Athenian in the early modern Greece!
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Departure Point
Monastiraki Metro Station, Pl. Monastirakiou 12, Athina 105 55, Greece
Departure Time
9:30 AM
Duration
5h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • English-speaking archaeologist-historian
Exclusions
  • Entrance fee to the Museum of the Baths: 2 € / person
  • Hammam experience: 25 € / person (based on availability)
  • Personal Expenses
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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By: Ammon Express
192 reviews
nuke_butterfly
Houston, Texas
20
My greatest tour to Delphi
I have been to Delphi (day tour) several times with different tour companies. This tour company is by far the
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Jatita
Washington, DC
139
Great trip to Veria and overall kudos to Ammon Express!
I give Ammon Express an A plus for their commitment to their customers. The trip to Veria was the last day trip I
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Jatita
Washington, DC
139
Mind-blowing trip to Vergina and Pella with Ammon Express!
The trip brought to life all that dry text book reading about Phillip and Alexander the Great. Thanks to Emilio
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Jatita
Washington, DC
139
Excellent trip to Meteora with Ammon Express!
Lazaros (guide) and Yannis (driver) were great. Took great care of the group. Extremely informative
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Jatita
Washington, DC
139
Amazing trip to Dion & Mt Olympus with Ammon Express
Amazing trip. Yannis was great. Provided context that brought the whole trip into focus. He got the whole group
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prettycakes
388
A great half day trip with a very cool guide!
We took this trip with the guide , Argyro. She was so energetic and information and made this trip more fun by
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53linod
21
Excellent excursion
A very well organized full day excursion with a very helpful, informative and friendly guide and excellent driver
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Inspire587709
31518
Knowledgeable Staff, Small Group
Our driver, George, was excellent (post-Doc in Medieval History). Took "Olympus - Dion" tour (8-hrs, 50 Euro) to
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pimrams
11
Excellent small group tour
Our group of seven was ably led by Yiannis, who was very knowledgable about Greek history and culture and answered
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campasivi
20
A wonderful adventure
A really interesting trip with a special guide who transfered us his passion and knowledge about Greek history.
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nanaAmman
Madaba, Jordan
88
Do not do tours in bad weather
I wish you could postpone the tour since the weather was really bad ... we were not able to see how marvelous the
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elsaFil
10
Great excursion
We had a very friendly, attentive and passionate guide called Giorgos. He was very well informed about the
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BackPacker229412
Kwekwe, Zimbabwe
10
Great guide - forced tavern deal.
George was fantastic with explaining what our schedule was and where we should navigate and explore. He gave us
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joyantag2019
Atlanta, Georgia
10
Day trip to Mycenae, Epidaurus, Nafplio
The day trip and ride was relaxing, well organized and filled with stimulating conversation with our guide Panos
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Meda R
40
Very nice trip
Liked that you can choose pick-up place, driver+guide Lazaros was friendly, talkative, knew many stories. Weather
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  • Duration: 5h
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  • Languages Offered: English
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