Aristotle's Lyceum
Aristotle's Lyceum
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The area
Neighborhood: Pangrati
The elongated Panathenaic Stadium, built for the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, acts as grand gateway to the otherwise purely Athenian neighborhood of Pangrati. This area of typical small squares, busy main roads and residential streets will give you a clear sense of what living in this metropolis is like. A walk up quiet Markou Mousourou Street on the west side of the stadium will bring you past the First National Cemetery to Mets, home to many expats. Turn right to reach the charming Platia Varnava. East of the stadium, commercial Eratosthenous Street leads to rather nondescript Platia Plastira, from where Effranoros Street continues uphill to Platia Profiti Ilia, crowned by a huge church. Among the standard four- to six-story apartment blocks that typify Athens, Pangrati also boasts some genuinely authentic tavernas and the odd trendy bar.
How to get there
  • Evangelismos • 6 min walk
  • Syntagma • 9 min walk
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  • Sammie-Jo69
    North West England, United Kingdom524 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Short but good value
    Right next to the Byzantine museum, it's included in the Athens combined ticket. You can do it in ten minutes - the dimensions are not large - but the presentation is immaculate and its highly informative for its small size. Worth the admission alone if you're in the area, even more so if it's included in the ticket.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 19, 2023
  • VanillaAce
    Saint Simons Island, Georgia1,008 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not much to see.
    Archaeology site is not worth the walk or visit. It is basically ruins and done information signs. You walk through and observe old stones where walls were once. Boring for most average people unless you are a history buff.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 16, 2023
  • Franky B
    Boston, Massachusetts5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Combine it with philosophy
    Lyceum is an open area with ruins of the ancient school of Aristotle. You can walk around it in less than 15min. We had a wonderful time though, because we had booked the Aristotle philosophy workshop, highly recommended to combine it with your visit, actually we philosophized while walking at the same paths as Aristotle and his students used to and this is an incredible feeling!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 4, 2023
  • ChrisLUSA
    Scarsdale, New York6 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Poor and small
    One of my family members is a philosophy freak so we had to pay this visit. I understand that it is important to see where Aristotle taught but honestly I found the place very poor, and small and the labels gave too little info. There is a philosophy workshop that takes place there but we did not take it, I suppose it would mean much more if we philosophized during our stay there. We spent literally 15 minutes and left. The ticket price was very cheap though.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 6, 2024
  • elmooo
    20 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Disappointing
    We visited as it was part of the combination ticket and I studied philosophy at uni however was a bit disappointed. Gardens seemed really run down. Was really not much to see, it was on route to some other things we were seeing that day so just walked through in about ten minutes. I didn’t know about the workshops maybe that would have made the experience more worthwhile.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 15, 2024
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elmooo
yorkshire20 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We visited as it was part of the combination ticket and I studied philosophy at uni however was a bit disappointed. Gardens seemed really run down. Was really not much to see, it was on route to some other things we were seeing that day so just walked through in about ten minutes. I didn’t know about the workshops maybe that would have made the experience more worthwhile.
Written February 15, 2024
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ChrisLUSA
Scarsdale, NY6 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
One of my family members is a philosophy freak so we had to pay this visit. I understand that it is important to see where Aristotle taught but honestly I found the place very poor, and small and the labels gave too little info. There is a philosophy workshop that takes place there but we did not take it, I suppose it would mean much more if we philosophized during our stay there. We spent literally 15 minutes and left. The ticket price was very cheap though.
Written February 6, 2024
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Richard M
Hampstead Norreys, UK890 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
There is a lot of things to see as the site is very much just ruins. However, this was the school that was developed by Aristotle and you can just feel the history sitting on your shoulders. USe your imangination and marvel.
Written November 26, 2023
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Fabian N
The Netherlands6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
It is included in the combo ticket, so why not to visit? It's a small place with ruins of the ancient School of Aristotle, and labels do not explain much. But you could combine it with a philosophy workshop which is done right in the place, walking around the ruins as ancient philosophers, you must book this activity ahead though.
Written November 19, 2023
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Franky B
Boston, MA5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Lyceum is an open area with ruins of the ancient school of Aristotle. You can walk around it in less than 15min. We had a wonderful time though, because we had booked the Aristotle philosophy workshop, highly recommended to combine it with your visit, actually we philosophized while walking at the same paths as Aristotle and his students used to and this is an incredible feeling!
Written October 4, 2023
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VanillaAce
Saint Simons Island, GA1,008 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Archaeology site is not worth the walk or visit. It is basically ruins and done information signs. You walk through and observe old stones where walls were once. Boring for most average people unless you are a history buff.
Written September 16, 2023
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Sammie-Jo69
North West England, UK524 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
Right next to the Byzantine museum, it's included in the Athens combined ticket. You can do it in ten minutes - the dimensions are not large - but the presentation is immaculate and its highly informative for its small size. Worth the admission alone if you're in the area, even more so if it's included in the ticket.
Written August 19, 2023
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Amar K
Singapore, Singapore368 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
This is really worth visiting for an hour or two. The ruins do not look like much, but the plaques are very informative and give an excellent view of how the youth in Athens were educated- mind, body, and soul.
Written May 26, 2023
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Cornelia H
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
It was too simple, just strolling around the ruins, not much to see. Fortunately we did the Aristotle philosophy workshop and we learned and had fun, the place has other meaning when doing this.
Written December 30, 2022
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Matthew M
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
First impression: there is little to see and the signs do not help understand how the place used to be. However, if you know Aristotle and how significant he was it worth a visit (it is in the combo ticket). And you can combine it with the philosophy experiential workshop that takes place in the afternoons, you can book this with Hellas Revival online. This way the paths of the site take life, since Aristotle was walking here with his students doing the exact same thing, philosophizing. Tip: you can use the bathroom of the attached Byzantine Museum, and you can have a coffee at its garden, it’s just 3min walking.
Written December 16, 2022
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