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Prison of Socrates

Thissio / Makriyanni
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Address: 100 metres from the southwestern edge of the Agora, Athens, Greece
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Nice walk if you have the time

Not much to see, we were there because we had time and were looking for special things (like the ones in Pnyx).

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Rishon Lezion, Israel
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Not much to see, we were there because we had time and were looking for special things (like the ones in Pnyx).

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It isn't much and there is some debate about the function as Socrates was most likely imprisoned in the Agora. Anyway, it is a marked stop on the way up to the top of Filopappou Hill (this climb is absolutely worth it for the views o the Acropolis and you can see the sea). If you see the "Prison of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I enjoyed the walk around the hill but we came specifically to see this. Glad we did as the walk all around this area is lovely with plenty of hidden areas of interest.

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Miri, Malaysia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I found this place while wandering around the foothill of Acropolis. There is no doubt that it is an important site but there is nothing much to see. There is a description board should you like to read. If you happen to visit around there, a quick stop is worthwhile.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

I found there was hardly anybody near it. A nice surprise to find on your walk, but I wouldn't head there especially for this spot

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

its a hole in the ground but it is easy to see and it is in a location that isnt far from other sites so its not bad to just go and see it but i have seen better tombs crypts and cells so this doesn't make my list of top 10 holes in the ground

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Council Bluffs, Iowa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

The prison is likely not where Socrates was held; however, it gives you an idea of what the prison could have been like. You can only view the caves from the outside. It is a quick walk from the Acropolis and is not very well marked (you can see it to the left of the main path before the crest... More 

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Mogi Das Cruzes, SP
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

Of course everyone goes to Philippapos hill to have a great view of Acropolis and the south Athens, so take a chance to see this prison just below the hill, it´s free, an important part of Greek history where socrates was jailed before sentenced to death...drinking cicuta, that was around 399BC.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016

It is actually not 100% sure this is the real prison of Socrates, but for REASON, I am going to say it is. The interior are iron-barred, so you can't go in and experience what Socrates had experienced. Actually there are not much to see but do come here for Socrates.

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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016 via mobile

Saw the Prison of Socrates on the free walking tour of Athens. Not alot to see just a few caves. Worth having a look at as it's near the Acropolis.

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Thissio / Makriyanni
Named after the well-preserved Thission (ancient temple of Hephaestus), Thissio is blessed with a small wooded park and some less frenetic streets that offer numerous quieter places to stay and eat. Largely pedestrianised Apostolou Pavlou Street runs between the Acropolis and forested Filopappou Hill, well worth climbing for more great panoramas, until it merges with Dionysiou Areopagitou Street. This leads to the up-and-coming area of Makriyanni, whose centrepiece is the magnificent new Acropolis Museum. Opposite the museum is the entrance to the southern slopes of the Acropolis, while the eponymous metro station nearby is at the top of Makriyanni Street, another strip of touristic cafés and restaurants.
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