Areopagus

Areopagus, Athens: Address, Areopagus Reviews: 4.5/5

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The area
Neighborhood: Omonia
Omonia Square is as plain in appearance as Syntagma is grand. Surrounded largely by functional blocks from the 1950s and 60s and no longer boasting its underground stalls, the square is now mostly frequented by immigrants and bargain shoppers. The most rewarding area to explore is to the south. Set off down Athinas Street, with the Acropolis gradually coming into focus in the distance, and you will get a sense of old commercial Athens, especially at the picturesque meat, fish and vegetable markets some way beyond the City Hall. The blocks to the west of Athinas are home to many Chinese and South Asian traders, adding a multicultural atmosphere to what was until the late 1990s a very homogenous society.
How to get there
  • Omonoia • 2 min walk
  • Panepistimio • 8 min walk
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BillPNo1
Friendswood, TX690 contributions
The Areopagus in Athens is a fascinating place. Located at the northern foot of the Acropolis it is readily visible from the main gates of the Acropolis. Also called Mars Hill, it is the ancient site for the people of Athens to congregate and for speakers and orators of the day to address the public. Most importantly to Christians of the present time, this is the location where St. Paul addressed the Greeks when he was preaching in Athens during the first century. As such, it is a very important part of our history and culture.
My Wife and I had seen The Areopagus from the Acropolis on several previous trips to Athens, but this trip was the first time that we actually walked over to, and climbed up to the top of, The Areopagus. It isn't that high up and the steps and stairs (an older, steeper stone set and a newer steel staircase with an easier gradient) aren't that long or steep. The stone steps are uneven and can be slippery in damp weather while the top of The Areopagus is rough and uneven and footing might be a bit dodgy in a large crowd of tourists. Although not as high as the Acropolis, there is a nice 360 degree view of the adjoining area and the nearby city.
Don't miss the opportunity to stand in the footsteps of the Great Apostle St. Paul.
Written May 20, 2020
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Ginges_revenge
Brisbane, Australia2,556 contributions
This is outside the front gate of the Acropolis. It is a large outcropping of rocks that you can view the Acropolis from and also get great views over the city of Athens. Just beware that the rocks can be a little slippery so take care. A really great place to get some good photos.
Written October 16, 2020
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veronak
145 contributions
Friends
Absolutely beautiful!
If you’re not with a tour guide and are self-guided, pay close attention or you’ll miss this spot.

The view is absolutely beautiful. I was just in Aw to had been/seen where the Apostle Paul gave his speech.
Written May 7, 2022
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mf4516
Milwaukee area, Wisconsin26 contributions
Couples
This is a Really Historic Rock that you can walk on. The view is very nice, although not as impressive as the Acropolis. Many people will sit here, look at the city, smoke, and drop their cigarette butts in indentations in the rock.
Christians will marvel that St Paul preached from this same rock. Many people may also wonder if St Paul lied or was actually inspired.
Note that Aeropagus and Mars Hill are the same ("Aero" refers to the god Mars, not to the air/view).

Wear good shoes! Centuries of tourists have worn the rock smooth in places.
Written May 3, 2022
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Harrison F. Carter
Cologne, Germany10,434 contributions
Wasn't expecting much when ascended the steps up to it, but ended up loving it here... became one of the highlights of the trip. A wonderful place to sit, especially if the sun is shining. Affords wonderful views. Just watch your step as it is so popular that the rocks have become polished and smooth - people were slipping.
Written March 5, 2022
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Thomas G
Amsterdam, The Netherlands964 contributions
Areopagus Hill is a nice hill next to one of the entrances of Acropolis. You have to walk up a bit and then you walk over a nice rock. The view is really nice over mostly the western part of Athens. It was nice for 15 minutes or so. You do not need to much time here, but it is nice to see.
Written January 10, 2022
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JohnHornblow
Palmerston North, New Zealand74 contributions
Couples
This is not well marked, but is the large bare rock at the base of the Acropolis by the main entrance. Google images and you'll recognise it. Many go there to watch the light come on for the Acropolis. The rock is VERY slippery, good steps up. No signage.
Written July 20, 2012
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Hurricanes2003
4 contributions
Friends
Philopappou Hill offers some of the best views of the Acropolis and Athens, but be WARNED! It has become a very dangerous area even in broad daylight. My friend and I were visiting this sight during mid-morning and got mugged by a guy wielding about a 7 inch knife. He grabbed everything we had (cameras, phones, money).

Later in the evening we were retelling our story to some locals at a bar. They told us that this hill is known for frequent muggings and the problem only seems to be getting worse. These criminals also do not seem to be deterred by large tourist groups because there have been reports of these guys doing a grab and run when someone puts a bag on the ground to take photos.

It is a real pity that such a beautiful, historical area is being ruined by low-lifes. I wish the area had signage posted to warn of the potential dangers of muggers. The local police should also setup some undercover operations to catch these guys and restore the safety of the area. Travel safe!
Written February 28, 2015
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Tom Z
Waukesha, WI318 contributions
Electrifying to see this intersection of biblical history and archeology. The Apostle Paul's words are inscribed on a plaque at the hill base. He looked up at the Acropolis and said, "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands." 2,000 years ago. Just amazing.
Written September 3, 2019
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sweettea4me2016
Cairo, Egypt408 contributions
Family
This is Mars Hill where Paul preached. The Romans called this hill, Mars Hill, after Mars, the Roman God of War. Its free. Open 24 hrs. Its just a few hundred meters from the Acropolis. The Athenian altar to the Unknown God was here or close by and Paul preached the sermon that can be found in Acts 17:19-34. We had a nice view overlooking the Greek Agora and the Roman Agora. Its better to wear athletic shoes here. I wore flip flops and I thought I could fall at any time.
Written August 23, 2018
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