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Athens: 4.5-Hour Underground Athens & Kerameikos Tour
Be inspired by the ancient findings beautifully exhibited in the modern Metro stations of Athens. These sections of historical soil reveal the wonderful, open-air Kerameikos and Agora archaeological sites of ancient Athens.
- See Monastiraki metro station with its underground exhibition, including the a portion of the course of the Eridanos stream
- Visit Syntagma metro station with its classic sculpture workshop, Roman bath complex and other important findings
- Enjoy Acropolis metro station, housing copies of sculptures of the Parthenon along with artifacts revealed during the excavations
- Be impressed by Kerameikos archaeological site and its little museum at the foot of Acropolis hill
DescriptionThis novel and delightful half-day tour focuses on the archaeological exhibits of three modern Athens metro stations, in combination with an illuminating visit to the open air archaeological site of Kerameikos and the Agora. The construction of the new Athens metro system is a work of advanced technology for the modern world but, by virtue of having to cut through the archaeological treasure strewn earth underneath the ancient city of Athens, also acted as an extensive search through soil and time. Athens and it illustrious monuments attract millions of visitors every year; few visitors however are aware that treasures also lie underground. Some of these treasures are on display at a number of Athens metro stations, as the works to create the subway network were combined with meticulous and painstaking archaeological excavations. A large part of the findings will be exhibited in six Athens metro stations, thus affording the latter the rare dual function of being modern constructions full of movement and technology whilst also serving as museum and stratigraphic section of their particular localities. The program will be led by a licensed archaeologist guide and lasts approximately 4.5-hours and is offered round the year. The tour will take you to three metro stations (Monastiraki, Syntagma and Acropolis) where excavations have unveiled a wide variety of artifacts as well as buildings, their age spanning many centuries, from Classical to Hellenistic to Roman to Byzantine Greece. The metro stations exhibit a part of these findings and also reveal the remnants of structures and buildings as well as an ancient riverbed. Venture above ground to Kerameikos archaeological site. Kerameikos (meaning 'the place of the ceramics') was the main area of production of the famed pottery of Attica. As the region was crossed by a stream and was prone to frequent flooding, Kerameikos was not suitable as a settlement and gradually became a place of burial, becoming in the end the most important necropolis of ancient Athens. At Kerameikos, your licensed archaeologist guide will be enlightening you about the findings housed in its little museum as well as about the functions of this important part of ancient Athens. This not to be missed tour provides a fresh and novel insight to the marvel that was ancient Athens whilst providing a taste of contemporary day-to-day life through aspects of the modern metro system, all professionally and inspiringly delivered by expert archaeologist guides.
IncludesLicensed archeologist guide throughout the tour Museum and metro tickets
- A moderate amount of walking is involved
- Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
Easy cancellationCancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund
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