Monument of Lysikrates

Monument of Lysikrates, Athens

Monument of Lysikrates
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Neighborhood: Plaka
Due to its proximity to the Acropolis, Plaka remains the area where the majority of foreign visitors stay and play. Its attractive features include small squares, some notable museums and the beautiful Mitropolis cathedral, as well as a host of places to stay, eat and drink. Its pedestrian zones make it a pleasant place to escape from the city’s notorious traffic. Adrianou and Kidathineon Streets contain a number of souvenir shops, offering classier items than you will find in the Flea Market. The most rewarding section to explore is the upper reaches towards the Acropolis itself, where many old stone houses with tiled roofs have survived. Up here you can find leafier corners and the odd quaint taverna with unobstructed views of the ancient rock.
How to get there
  • Akropoli • 6 min walk
  • Syntagma • 9 min walk
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Brianngog
Cyprus6,922 contributions
Couples
We by chance were walking back to our Hotel and wandered down a street we hadn’t seen previously and there in front of us standing proudly was the Monument of Lysikrates. Now this piece of Ancient Greek History could - odd as it may seem - easily be missed. It appeared that a large number of people wandering by were more interested in the little shops. Their loss I’d say.
Written August 2, 2022
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK611,755 contributions
Friends
Wandering around the wonderful Plaka District where we were staying we chanced upon this lovely monument and what an interesting find.
An ancient column constructed 335/334 BC ,it's a circular monument with columns incorporated into the stonework ,in the 1660's the monument was part of the Capuchin Monastery and was visited by none other than Lord Byron who also visited the monastery in 1824 ,the monastery was then destroyed under the reign of Ottoman Omer Pasha ,the same year 1824 ,the same year Lord Byron died ,all that survives of the monastery is this monument ,it's a great piece of architecture to visit and easy to locate along Lysikratous Square.
Written July 9, 2022
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Vikki G
Peterborough, Canada151 contributions
Beautiful smaller statue, not every many people seem to notice it.
Lots of little shops and restaurants around this area with a view of it .
Written February 28, 2022
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ludor
Iasi, Romania2,838 contributions
It is a quite simple monument and, even if located in a very trafficked area, it's easy to overlook it. However, it is an amazing piece of history, staying in the same spot for 2.5 millennia!
Written December 12, 2021
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Harald Gracholski
Cologne, Germany6,845 contributions
The monument of Lysikrates is a worthwhile little landmark that is located in a cute little square in the middle of a lively, urban area. The probably most noteworthy fact, at least to me, was that Lord Byron visited the sight as part of his Greek travels and stayed at the monastery during this time. Not necessarily a must-see monument, but easy to combine with other, more famous landmarks, such as the Parthenon, so no detour required.
Written June 8, 2021
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Eileen108
Mount Shasta, CA3,937 contributions
This monument is worth a visit just because it is there in the midst of so many other worthy sights. But when I visited, the info poster, even though behind a plastic case, was badly damaged and hardly readable. I hope the authorities will take notice and replace it, if they haven't already.
Written September 4, 2020
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permia
Ireland37,801 contributions
Being the first structure to feature Corinthian columns on the exterior, it’s an especial precious monument to survive extant.

In the Plaka centre it makes for a wonderful edifice with an origin stretching back millennia.

Built in the mid 330s BCE by the wealthy Athenian Lysicrates, a Choregos who financed music and dramas in the ancient theatre.
Written May 22, 2020
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Nonapama
Kincumber, Australia1,056 contributions
Solo
Set back off the road it would be easy to miss this ancient monument but as mentioned in previous reviews it is significant purely for the fact it dates from 5th cent. BC if nothing else. Take the time to read the description in the poster and enjoy this free monument.
Written November 9, 2019
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Cymro
Coimbra, Portugal3,348 contributions
Located in Lysikrates Square on the edge of the Plaka district, the monument is attractive, but in all honesty is just a 3 minute photo opportunity, unless you are a love of Greek drama. Lysikrates was a patron of Greek drama. There is a small pillar alongside side it which has Byron written upon it. I have been unable to discover its significance.
Written September 22, 2019
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northbaychris
North Bay, Canada80 contributions
Family
It is small site in the middle of the Plaka part of the city in the Lysikratous Square. It is an interesting contrast as it is a very ancient monument stuck in the middle of modern city area. It is small with little fan fair and will only take maybe 5 to 10 minutes at most. If in the area definitely take a look.
Written July 15, 2019
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