Pnyx

Pnyx, Athens: Address, Phone Number, Pnyx Reviews: 4.5/5

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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
  • Akropoli • 7 min walk
  • Thissio • 8 min walk
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permia
Ireland37,801 contributions
It was marvellous to see the Speaker's Platform where statesmen such as Themistocles, Pericles and Demosthenes gave orations to the assembled democratic crowds.

At its zenith up to 6,000 citizens gathered here numerous times a year to listen to policy arguments and then vote to accept or reject. This was via different coloured objects that were dropped into a container and then counted.

Also to be seen are foundation remnants of the vast Themistoclean Wall that was built as an Athenian defence following the Persian invasions and defeats of 490 and 480 BC.
Written April 19, 2020
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REDMAN
Egaleo, Greece4,196 contributions
Again this year, we did all the 42km of the Authentic Marathon, with the MDA Hellas! The route was passing through all these beautiful and ancient neighborhoods!
Oh, I hope you, readers, to experience that some time!
Written November 25, 2021
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Harrison F. Carter
Cologne, Germany10,600 contributions
A good, short and easy walk - assuming reasonable mobility. Lovely views over massive Athens, and across to the Acropolis. Well worth a visit.
Written March 5, 2022
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KodoDrummer
Yekaterinburg, Russia64,095 contributions
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The Pnyx or Pnyx Hill was the official meeting place (ancient parliament) of the Athenian political democratic assembly (known as the Athenian Ecclesia) for most of the period of 507 to 300 BC. It has a flat stone speaker’s platform. Today, it is a place mostly in ruin. It is believed to have been rebuilt twice. There is signage at the site which explains some of the history and use of the cite as the birthplace of Athenian and our present-day democracy. There are large stone remnants of portions of the ancient walls. The Pnyx is recognized as a European Heritage Site, were the European identity emerged for democracy, philosophy, theatre, sciences, and the arts. A sign says “Europe starts here.”

A sign on the ground indicates the location of what was the altar of Zeus Agoraios.

This hilltop location provides great views of the city and is about one kilometre south-west of Acropolis.

Not many tourists come to this site, or at least not when we were there.
Written June 25, 2018
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1TraveltheWorld
Alice Springs, Australia12,158 contributions
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The Pnyx is a small, rocky hill surrounded, by a variety of ancient sites and parkland.
It is located at the northern end within the Archaeological site of, the hills of muses, also known as Philopappos.

Originally, it was an important gathering place for the ancient Greeks, to host their popular and important assemblies.

Although there is not much left of the ruins, it is still worthwhile to read all about the history of this significant place from the many placards on-site as you progress through the area.

Even from this lower hilly area, there are nice views of the Acropolis and the surrounding area.
Written April 5, 2016
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Brian M
Montrose, UK1,554 contributions
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The hill is a great place to go for a walk in the evening and watch the sun go down over the Acropolis. Definitely worth a visit.
Written June 5, 2018
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Borzov
Rijeka, Croatia5,256 contributions
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This small and rocky hill, beloved by tourists from around the world for some beautiful views of the city and the Acropolis, once played a huge role in the development of democracy. It was a meeting point of one of the earliest democratic assemblies in the 5th century BC. You can still see the flat stone used as the speakers’ platform and a symbol of the equal speech right, which was together with equality under the law and equality of vote, the main principle of Greek democracy.
Written May 18, 2018
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Tom J
London, UK1,437 contributions
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Located a short walk from the Acropolis the Pnyx provides a crowd free alternative sight with some brilliant views.

Located within the same archeological site as Philopappus hill it is certainly worth stopping at when nearby.

Knowing ancient Athenians gathered here to discuss matters in a democratic way really makes me wonder how the site isn't a bigger / more visited attraction.
Written April 26, 2018
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia40,276 contributions
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Today the various parliaments of the world meet in huge, rather nice buildings, enjoying all the comforts that such places can afford. What a contrast, then, when visiting the Pnyx (the word means "tightly packed together", and with a good reason...), to see that this is just a rocky place, as far away from the luxuries of life as possible. This is where the citizens of Athens, meeting as the state's Parliament, would talk about important issues and make their decisions. Out in the open, and what a great view this place offered! There have been a few changes since the early fifth century BC, when the meetings probably started. It is worth visiting, if only for the stunning views. Pnyx is about 500 metres or so, west of the Acropolis, and there are several signs pointing to its direction. It is free to enter, and it is surrounded by parkland. It is lovely to take a stroll in the area which is not very crowded. Worth a visit.
Written July 3, 2017
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Jin Rong Ow
Singapore, Singapore22 contributions
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An open space at Philoppapos Hill where the world's first democratic congresses were held. If not for the significance of the place, the view of the Acropolis from there makes the visit worthwhile too.
Written September 3, 2018
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