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Philopappos Hill
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South-West of the Acropolis is Philopappos Hill (The Hill of the Muses), which is 147m (482ft) high and offers fantastic views of Athens and especially the Acropolis.

The pine covered slopes of Philoppapos Hill offer a pleasant shaded place to stroll, where you will pass monuments marking centuries of history. The top sights to see while on your walk include the Philopappos Monument, the Prisons of Socrates, the Tombs of Kimon, the ancient Koilis street, the Church of Ayios Dimitrios Loumbardiaris, the Church of Ayia Marina, the Old National Observatory, and the Dora Stratou Theatre.

Philopappos Hill, or The Hill of the Muses, took its name from the poet Mousaios, who lived and was buried there. The hill is famously home to the Philoppapos Monument, which honours Gaius Julius Antiochus Philopappos. He was a prince of Commagene, a kingdom in Upper Syria, who was overthrown by the Romans in 72 A.D. Exiled from his native country, he settled in Athens and became a benefactor of the city. He was a lover of Classical Greek culture, and in 2BC the Athenians built the Philipappos Monument in his honour.

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