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  • Kerameikos

  • 148 Ermou Str, Kerameikos, 10553

Kerameikos - Athens

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Kerameikos is an archaeological site in Northwest Athens and was historically where the potters settled in the city. Kerameikos means 'potter' in Greek and this was certainly the main centre of production for all pottery and vase-ware within Athens in historic times. The heavy settlement in Kerameikos was due to the natural clay deposits found in this area on the banks of the river that runs through the site.

There are also Ancient tombs in the Kerameikos area that date from the Bronze Age, as a place of burial for the potters who lived in the area. The cemetery was used throughout the Archaic periods (700-840 BC) up until the early Christian period (until approximately 500 AD). As excavations continue the site is growing outwards.

Today visitors to Kerameikos can see the tombs themselves that were uncovered in the 1960's digs as well as lots of artefacts discovered within the complex. These buildings are being extensively restored to their former glory by conservationists and archeologists. The construction of an amphitheatre and a more visitor based layout were completed in 2004, so now the site is both family and child-friendly.


Admission Fee

Full: €4, Reduced: €2

Special ticket package: Full: €12, Reduced: €6

Valid for: Acropolis of Athens, Ancient Agora of Athens, Archaeological Museum of Kerameikos, Museum of the Ancient Agora, North slope of Acropolis, South Slope of Acropolis


Operating Hours

Summer Period (01/04 - 31/10): 8am - 8pm

Winter Period (01/11 - 31/03): 8:30am - 3pm Monday from 8am until 11am the Museum is closed.

Public Holidays

1st January: closed

6th January: 8:30am - 3pm

Shrove Monday: 8:30am - 3pm

25th March: closed

Good Friday: until 12pm closed

Holy Saturday: 8:30am - 3pm

1st May: closed

Easter Sunday: closed

Easter Monday: 8:30am - 3pm

Holy Spirit Day: 8:30am - 3pm

28th October: 8:30am - 3pm

25th December: closed

26th December: closed

Free Admission Days

6th March, in memory of Melina Mercouri

5th June, International Environment Day

18th April, International Monuments Day

18th May, International Museums Day

The last weekend of September annually, European Heritage Days

Sundays in the period between 1st November and 31st March

National Holidays

The first Sunday of every month, except for July, August and September (when the first Sunday is holiday, then the second is the free admission day)

27th September, International Tourism Day

Free admission for


Members of the ICOM-ICOMOS

Persons possessing a free admission card

Persons under 19

Soldiers carrying out their military service

Tour guides

University students from Greece and the EU

Address: 148 Ermou Str , Athens, 10553 View Larger Map

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