Areopagus
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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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  • Athena Constantinou
    119 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing city views!
    On the way down from the Acropolis, do not miss the Arios Pagos hill! This 115 metre high marble hill northwest of the Acropolis is of great historical importance, as it served as the Supreme Court of Athens in ancient times. It also has religious significance, as the Apostle Paul preached the teachings of Christ to the Athenians on this hill in Roman times and delivered his famous speech "On the Unknown God". Access is free and possible at any time of the day or night. There is a short metal staircase that provides an easy and safe way to the top. It's worth the effort, because from here you have an excellent view of the Acropolis, the Agora and the Athens cityscape. The uneven rocks can be a bit slippery, so wear good, grippy footwear to make the climb!
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 22, 2023
  • Jydeoo
    Lagos, Nigeria2,311 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must-Visit: A Tranquil Spot with Breathtaking Views of Athens
    Climbing up Areopagus Hill required caution due to slippery stones. It's located near one of the entrances of the Acropolis and it overhangs the Ancient Agora as well as having a good view of the Hephaestus temple. Areopagus Hill is free to access and a tranquil spot to unwind, with nice views of Athens city on one side, the green area of Pnyx Hill on another, and the Acropolis on yet another side. I intended to explore more of the hill, but fatigue from earlier visits to ancient sites set in. It is one of the places I would like to go back to in Athens, with more time, a novel and a picnic pack.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 17, 2023
  • Razorfish
    Little Rock, Arkansas3,866 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Memorable visit to the Areopagus
    My wife and I walked up the Areopagus after we exited the Acropolis. We sat on one of the rocks on the outcropping and took in the views of the Acropolis and the city of Athens. It was amazing to think that the Apostle Paul preached about the “Unknown God” on this site. I had heard about Mars Hill since I was a child. This rocky hill was not quite what I expected, but it was special to have been here and to have experienced the location.
    Visited October 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 18, 2023
  • elchaco
    Houston, Texas852 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing
    The place itself is nothing amazing, just a rock you can climb and get great views of Athens and the Acropolis. To me, a Christian, standing in the same place the Apostle Paul gave his speech to the Athenians was truly amazing. I felt the presence of God in my heart, and that is what made this truly amazing.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 24, 2023
  • StacyMacDonald
    Calgary, Canada243 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely and easy-access viewpoint
    This hill is a quick view point to add to your Acropolis day or, if you're staying nearby, to check out for sunrise or sunset. I recognize that it could be more important to some, given its religious and historical significance, but to others it offers lovely views of the city and the Acropolis. It's very quick to access from the main entrance to Acropolis, free, and has easy-access stairs. I do recommend good shoes if you want to wander more freely around the top--the rocks can be a little slippery.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 15, 2023
  • DallasRay
    264 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing site / risky walk
    I recommend coming here during the day and the evening. View of the Acropolis as well and the city were amazing. Because people have walked here for over 2,000 years, the rocks are very slippery and risky to walk on. I suggest you research Acts 17 before arriving. The Greeks called it Ares' Rock (or Areopagus) while the Romans called it Mars Hill. The both had their own names for the god of war. In the ancient world, civil and criminal trials were once held here but the philosophers also spoke here. Now for the shocking part: there are certain parts of the hill that has ancient pottery shards buried partially in the ground. I was surprised how many people walk on it without realizing what they were crushing. There is no charge to visit here. Look for the bronze plaque of Paul's sermon.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 3, 2023
  • Richard M
    Hampstead Norreys, United Kingdom903 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    In the steps of St Paul
    We stopped here as part of a Segway tour. Be aware that the top is incredibly slippery as the rock has been polished smooth by thousands of years of peoples feet. It is interesting for the connection to St Paul and for the incredible views across to the Acropolis and the city of Athens. Well worth the trip but watch your step.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 26, 2023
  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom9,631 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    #1 View of the Acropolis
    Aeropagus Hill is not so much a hill as a large, rocky outcrop, just outside the Acropolis exit. From the top, you have an incredible view. This is probably the number 1 spot in Athens to view the Acropolis. Climbing it, is one of the great, free things to do in Athens. People are swarming all over it but it is worth noting that it is extremely slippery in places. Stairs have been carved into the rock but the bare marble rock has been worn smooth over the years and it’s easy to lose your footing. Aeropagus Hill has a long and interesting history. In ancient times, it was the meeting place for the Senate-like Council of Elders. Later it was the site of the Council of Nobles and the Judicial Court which dealt mainly with homicides. In 480 BC, the hill was used as a campsite by the Persians, when they were undertaking their siege of the Acropolis and in Biblical times, St Paul the Apostle preached his “Sermon on an Unknown God” here (Acts 17). A large brass plaque at the roadside commemorates the sermon.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 26, 2023
  • Deanosaur89
    Edmonton, Canada2,246 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great View of the City and the Acropolis
    We had intended on getting to the Acropolis when it opened but got distracted by this very tempting lookout. It is set just below the Acropolis and you can get great unobstructed views of the city below and it is a nice photo opportunity for the Acropolis as well. It is recommended to bring good shoes as the ground is uneven and the stone parts are smooth and sometimes slippery. Good shoes are recommended for the Acropolis as well. Our family spent about 20 minutes here before we spent around 2 hours checking out the Acropolis. It is best to get here early and be ready for some incline as the walk to get up here and around the Acropolis is quite hilly.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 20, 2024
  • Haley Perry
    36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    360 views of Athens
    We stumbled upon this spot simply by following groups of people up a hill and this spot turned out to be one of the best views we had in Athens - especially at sunset! 360 views of the city, great shot of the Parthenon. It’s windy, but an incredible view. Would recommend stopping for a bit
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 4, 2024
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Michaelaneous
Minneapolis, MN9 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • 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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Amy
65 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
We stopped here before making our way up to the Acropolis, and spent 10-15 minutes admiring the views of the city and Parthenon. Comfortable shoes with decent grip are needed to stray from the paved area and walk along the rocks. For me it was very special and humbling to stand where St Paul once preached, and think of how much has changed in the world since that time.
Written November 10, 2022
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Tom H
Halifax, UK108 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
For fantastic views of the Acropolis, Parthenon and Athens city, you need to walk up Aeropagus hill. Reached via twenty or so steps, the views from the top of the rock are nothing short of breathtaking!

It was here where I discovered just how immensely huge Athens is. You get a clear view of the Acropolis, Lycabattus Hill, the city, the Temple of Hephaestus, the hill of muses and so much more.

For something to do which requires little effort and no money, look no further than this rock overlooking a spectacular city steeped in rich history.
Written February 18, 2023
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Jydeoo
Lagos, Nigeria2,311 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Climbing up Areopagus Hill required caution due to slippery stones. It's located near one of the entrances of the Acropolis and it overhangs the Ancient Agora as well as having a good view of the Hephaestus temple.

Areopagus Hill is free to access and a tranquil spot to unwind, with nice views of Athens city on one side, the green area of Pnyx Hill on another, and the Acropolis on yet another side.
I intended to explore more of the hill, but fatigue from earlier visits to ancient sites set in.
It is one of the places I would like to go back to in Athens, with more time, a novel and a picnic pack.
Written September 17, 2023
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada2,246 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We had intended on getting to the Acropolis when it opened but got distracted by this very tempting lookout. It is set just below the Acropolis and you can get great unobstructed views of the city below and it is a nice photo opportunity for the Acropolis as well.

It is recommended to bring good shoes as the ground is uneven and the stone parts are smooth and sometimes slippery. Good shoes are recommended for the Acropolis as well. Our family spent about 20 minutes here before we spent around 2 hours checking out the Acropolis. It is best to get here early and be ready for some incline as the walk to get up here and around the Acropolis is quite hilly.
Written March 20, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Haley Perry
36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We stumbled upon this spot simply by following groups of people up a hill and this spot turned out to be one of the best views we had in Athens - especially at sunset! 360 views of the city, great shot of the Parthenon. It’s windy, but an incredible view. Would recommend stopping for a bit
Written April 4, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Razorfish
Little Rock, AR3,866 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
My wife and I walked up the Areopagus after we exited the Acropolis. We sat on one of the rocks on the outcropping and took in the views of the Acropolis and the city of Athens. It was amazing to think that the Apostle Paul preached about the “Unknown God” on this site. I had heard about Mars Hill since I was a child. This rocky hill was not quite what I expected, but it was special to have been here and to have experienced the location.
Written September 18, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

DallasRay
dallas264 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
I recommend coming here during the day and the evening. View of the Acropolis as well and the city were amazing. Because people have walked here for over 2,000 years, the rocks are very slippery and risky to walk on. I suggest you research Acts 17 before arriving. The Greeks called it Ares' Rock (or Areopagus) while the Romans called it Mars Hill. The both had their own names for the god of war. In the ancient world,
civil and criminal trials were once held here but the philosophers also spoke here. Now for the shocking part: there are certain parts of the hill that has ancient pottery shards buried partially in the ground. I was surprised how many people walk on it without realizing what they were crushing. There is no charge to visit here. Look for the bronze plaque of Paul's sermon.
Written November 3, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

veronak
260 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • 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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Harrison F. Carter
Cologne, Germany10,870 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
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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