Apostolou Pavlou – Dionysiou Areopagitou, is the most popular and scenic pedestrian promenade of Central Athens. Both pedestrian streets are so beautiful and protected from the city’s bustle. This exhilarating walk next to vibrant archeological sites and monuments, brighten our darkness and cultivate positive feelings! Enjoy it and surrender yourself to its magic. Today I will put on my glasses, like a tourist to my own town, and I will re-discover and love this route again. A journey lasting over 2500,000 years, we will do it in just 3 hours! Start your walk from Thissio metro station and follow the paved uphill road, Agion Asomaton Street. In other times would have been flooded by stalls and peddlers, giving vitality to your walk. You walk to the edge of the neighborhood of Thissio, where its narrow streets can easily tempt you to follow them. On the left the Thissio Park borders the ancient Agora of Athens. Steal a glance from the temple of Hephaestus, known as Thissio, and from various scattered monuments. It is said to be the most well preserved ancient Greek temple. Built of pentelic marble, its construction was completed in 444 BC Ascend to the Apostolou Pavlou Street and meet the beautiful neoclassical building of Athinaion Poiliteia. Is there a person who doesn’t make a coffee break on its spread around tables, enjoying the unobstructed view to Acropolis? In its sights everyone is fascinated. A Milanese friend, tells me “in its sight, every time I cry, just cry”. Beyond an architectural achievement of an era is a monument of high intelligence and brightness that touches the strings of all mankind. Continuing, you will be captivated by the colorful neoclassicals of Apostolou Pavlou Str. Colors and aromas of an authentic neighborhood! Neat balconies and well-cared flower pots are the images of the last houses of the district. Below the historic summer cinema THESEION with its blinds draw down renew the appointment for the upcoming spring. The largest beholder of the sky, the Observatory of Athens, emerges high from the hill of Nymphs. Behind the protective fencing are successively the Sanctuary of Pan and the Fountain of Pnyx. The walk always continues calmly and peacefully around the Acropolis. At the crossroads of Apostolou Pavlou with Dionysiou Areopagitou take a detour to wander on the wider hill of Philopappou, hanging out with Muses and Nyphes. In fact it is not one hill but three : the hill of Nymphs, the hill of Pnyx and the hill of the Muses. The central paved path, as well as the church of Agios Dimitrios of Loubadiaris, is the result of the restoration project of the architect Pikionis. Like the spiral paved paths around the Acropolis. By his great work Pikionis managed to reproduce and keep alive the Greek cultural identity. The church of St. Dimitrius Loumbadiaris is a small 12th c. Byzantine chapel of vaulted single-aisle basilica type. It is a temple with a surname that Loubadiris comes from the word Loubarda which means “the big gun”. According to tradition on the eve of the feast of the Saint, around 1640-1650, the Turkish commander of the Acropolis Yusuf planned to bomb the temple from the Propylaea. His plan failed when the next day a lightning bolt struck Propylaea and killed Yusuf and his entire family. That’s how Loubadaris – the Cannoneer – came about! A maze of paths unfolds in front of you. Whichever path you follow, it will pay you of!. Let your feet lead you up the stairs to the Philopappou monument. What a wonderful route, among olive trees, laurels, centuries-old meadows and breathtaking views of both the Acropolis and the Saronikos. You’ll feel like you’re living in parallel times. Imagine Socrates sitting on his stone bench cerebrating, when a voice “these bars spoil all aesthetics” invades in your journey and brings you back to reality. It refers to the perimeter fence of the monument of Philopappou. And the journey continues on the hill of Pnyχ, where the Democracy was born and cultivated. Freely view to theLycabettus, the Ancient Agora and the Acropolis. The paths of harmony connect you with the neighboring hill of Nymphs. In addition to the building of the National Observatory of Athens, the Doridis telescope, the largest telescope until the end of 1950, is hosted. Today the largest telescope of the National Observatory of Athens, the Aristarchus telescope, is located in Helmos, Kalavryta. Returning through the cobbled alleys and enjoying the tranquility of the verdant landscape make one last stop in the prisons of Sokrates. Coming out of the hill, continue your walk on the beloved pedestrian Dionysiou Areopagitou street. It is named after Dionysius the Areopagite, the first Athenian converted to Christianity after the Apostle Paul’s sermon. You will find yourself under the Sacred Rock, in front of the majestic façade of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, a real cultural gem of our Athens. The afternoon moon, fragile and white, timidly makes its appearance creating a magical scenic. The journey in history continues at number 45 of Dionysiou Areopagitou where the preserved neoclassical of the Meropeion Foundation for the Care of the Elderly is located. Next to it is the chapel of Saint Sophia, dedicated to the ancient Greek goddess Athena. A few meters further a centuries-old story is literally buried under the hieroglyphics. Underneath lies the home of philosopher Proclus – the successor of Plato’s- of the 5th century. The neoclassical residences of the interwar period that follow along the pedestrian street are unique architectural masterpieces of the urban history of Athens. You will be mesmerized by the impressive facades of the buildings on number 17 and 37 Dionysiou Areopagitou Street. Authentic diamonds that shine through time! Shine, also, give to your walk the «modern Stars”, the street musicians! They dress your walk with velvet melodies and activate all our senses. And what would Athens be without its people?! On this walk you will get involved with people of all ages, you will pass by them, you will observe them, and you will share unknown smiles! You’ll a small piece of the city’s mosaic! The new Acropolis Museum is the last gem that has been added to the collection of the pedestrian street next to the Weiler building that houses the 1st Ephorate of Prehistoric and Neoclassical Antiquities. The walk closes at the statue of Gen.l Ioannis Makryiannis, where ancient Greece meets 1821 and Byron Street intersects Makryiannis Street. Ioannis Makryiannis, not only was one of the most important fighters of the Greek Struggle, is considered one of the important novelists of that time, as well.
The pedestrian Apostolou Pavlou and Dionysiou Areopagitou path ( or Dionysiou Areopagitou to Apostolou Pavlou) is one of the most beautiful routes for walking in the center, whether you are a visitor or you live in Athens.