Philopappos Hill

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Philopappos Hill
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This hill is a favorite for weekending Athenians who come here to picnic and admire the breathaking views.
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The area
Neighborhood: Thissio / Makriyanni
Named after the well-preserved Thission (ancient temple of Hephaestus), Thissio is blessed with a small wooded park and some less frenetic streets that offer numerous quieter places to stay and eat. Largely pedestrianized Apostolou Pavlou Street runs between the Acropolis and forested Filopappou Hill, well worth climbing for more great panoramas, until it merges with Dionysiou Areopagitou Street. This leads to the up-and-coming area of Makriyanni, whose centerpiece is the magnificent new Acropolis Museum. Opposite the museum is the entrance to the southern slopes of the Acropolis, while the eponymous metro station nearby is at the top of Makriyanni Street, another strip of touristic cafés and restaurants.
How to get there
  • Neos Kosmos • 5 min walk
  • Syngrou Fix • 7 min walk
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espeon
31 contributions
Couples
we went just before dinner to see the sunset and took a stroll up, beautiful views all the way up and it wasn’t too busy despite the time. i would definitely recommend going up at sunset, very romantic setting and view of the whole of athens from every side. wonderful end to our holiday
Written August 8, 2022
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MinistryOfInfo
Lancaster, UK31 contributions
Picture the scene:

You stroll to the hilltop (there's a good, stone path, or various shortcuts over rougher ground) to take photographs of sunset, when the honey-coloured marble of the Acropolis (on the neighbouring hill) seems to glow. Great idea; well done!

At the top, you can't quite see the horizon in the slight city haze, but you guess that the sun is going to set over the sea west of Piraeus port. The sun is still quite high over that presumed horizon; you've got plenty of time.

Wrong.

At least when I visited in January, the sun actually set behind a distant 1,200 m mountain. It was weird to see the sun begin to vanish whilst still seeming to be quite high in the sky!

Another tip: the view of the Acropolis from the Philopappos Monument or obvious viewing point nearby is slightly obscured by trees. Look for the short path to a slightly lower viewpoint with a better view.
However, there is a cliff edge near that better viewpoint - be careful with small children.
Written January 26, 2020
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SadieAlty
Totnes, UK117 contributions
Couples
We headed toward the funicular but couldn’t find it, so decided to walk up the hill to the monument, the views were amazing. The path is abit worn in parts, you need to be firm on your feet but you can take it slowly. We walked this slowly in feb in about 18c and it was hot, it might different in the Greek summer at 30c!!!!! Got to the top and the views at amazing, stunning you can see the whole of Athens and over the sea to the islands. Their is a little church to look at and the monument. The cafe was large and had views of nearly the whole of Athens, it offered a variety drinks and food, it’s the price you would expect to pay in a tourist attraction. The Is a gentleman by the monument of you just want to buy a drink or a keyring.
Written February 5, 2020
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permia
Ireland37,801 contributions
After a fine stroll ascending it was great to arrive just as the evening light faded. Bathed in golden hues, vistas of the whole cityscape were memorable.

At the apex is the fabulous Philopappos Monument, a Mausoleum created after Philopappos died in 116 CE. It is in Pentelic marble.

We sat and gazed at the incomparable Acropolis. Further along is the marvellous Mount Lycabettus.
Written October 26, 2020
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Thomas G
Amsterdam, The Netherlands964 contributions
Philopappus hill is a great place to go for a great view, some interesting monuments like Philopappus monument and the Prison of Socrates, a nice walk around away from the busy (although there are other tourists) city and some good green areas to enjoy some "nature". The view especially is great as you can see the gorgeous Acropolis, other hills, the city and even the sea with a couple of islands. In total everything will take about one and a half hour. It is not the number 1 thing to do in Athens, but if you are here I will absolutely recommend it. The start is close to an entrance of the Acropolis, so it is nice to combine these two maybe also with Areopagus hill.
Written January 14, 2022
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Sherlock arting
Rome, GA138 contributions
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The Philopappos Monument is an ancient Greek mausoleum and monument dedicated to Gaius Julius Antiochus Epiphanes Philopappos or Philopappus, (65–116 AD), a prince from the Kingdom of Commagene. It is located on Mouseion Hill in Athens, Greece, southwest of the Acropolis.
Philopappos’ monument is a two-story structure, supported by a base. On the lower level there is a frieze representing Philopappos as a consul, riding on a chariot and led by lictors. The upper level shows statues of three men: of Antiochus IV on the left, of Philopappos in the centre and of Seleucus I Nicator, now lost, on the right.
In the niche below Philopappos is an inscription in Greek: Φιλόπαππος Επιφάνους Βησαιεύς ("Philopappos, son of Epiphanes of the deme of the Besa"). This was the name Philopappos carried as an Athenian citizen. In the niche left of Philopappos, a Latin inscription records Philopappos’ titles, honors and his career as a Roman magistrate: "Caius Iulius Antiochus Philopappos, son of Caius, of the Fabian tribe, consul and Arval brother, admitted to the praetorian rank by the emperor Caesar Nerva Trajan Optimus Augustus Germanicus Dacicus". On the right niche of Philopappos once stood a Greek inscription (now only the base is preserved): Βασιλεύς Αντίοχος Φιλόπαππος Βασιλέως Επιφανούς Αντιόχου ("King Antiochus Philopappos, son of King Antiochus Epiphanes").

Below the statue of Antiochus IV, Philopappos' paternal grandfather, is an inscription that states "King Antiochus son of King Antiochus". This inscription honors Antiochus IV and his late father, the last independent ruler of the Kingdom of Commagene, King Antiochus III Epiphanes. When Antiochus III died in 17, Commagene was annexed by the Roman Emperor Tiberius and became a part of the Roman Empire. Below the statue of Seleucus I, the founder of the Seleucid Empire from whom the Commagene kings claimed descent, stood another inscription, now lost. The traveller Cyriacus of Ancona wrote in his memoir that underneath the inscription stated "King Seleucus Nicator, son of Antiochus".
The monument measures 9.80 by 9.30 metres (32.2 ft × 30.5 ft), and contains Philopappos’ burial chamber. The structure is built of white Pentelic marble on a socle 3.08 metres (10.1 ft) high, made of porous marble and veneered with slabs of Hymettian marble. The north side of Philopappos’ monument bears lavish architectural decorations
Written October 9, 2020
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Liisa K
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Friends
It was nice and the paths mostly shadowed by the trees, good for even hot days. Requires good shoes as the terrain is uneven. Would recommend for a walk to relax a bit, there weren't a lot of people before noon. The area of the little church near the prison of Socrates had some friendly cats. They were a little shy but you can get close and even pet them if you are quiet and careful.
Written May 24, 2022
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I W
Barrow Upon Soar, UK192 contributions
Family
We visited in October during covid. The views from here are fantastic, and it was nice to get a walk in the hills away from the hussle and bussle of the city. We actually walked around this hill and the surrounding area 3 times, during the morning, afternoon and evening. Great place for photos of the Parthenon.
Written October 28, 2020
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Jason C
Littleton, New Hampshire124 contributions
Couples
Great hiking area just across from the Acropolis. We weren’t planning on hiking, but google maps walking from our hotel took us on a hike on dirt paths to reach the monument with more uphill than we were anticipating. It wasn’t strenuous, but with the humidity, we did break a sweat in early June. You are offered 360 degree views of Athens from the top along with a variety of historical markers on the trails. The monument itself was interesting, but not spectacular. Do it for the hike, views, and exercise.
Written June 10, 2022
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Steve_Grant1
Oldham, UK1,346 contributions
Went here one morning. It was a very enjoyable stroll to visit the various points of interest within the area. Would recommend doing it. Take a picture of the map at the entrance on your phone. This will help you explore.
Written November 19, 2021
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