Aristotle's Lyceum
Aristotle's Lyceum
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The area
Neighbourhood: Pangrati
The elongated Panathenaic Stadium, built for the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, acts as grand gateway to the otherwise purely Athenian neighborhood of Pangrati. This area of typical small squares, busy main roads and residential streets will give you a clear sense of what living in this metropolis is like. A walk up quiet Markou Mousourou Street on the west side of the stadium will bring you past the First National Cemetery to Mets, home to many expats. Turn right to reach the charming Platia Varnava. East of the stadium, commercial Eratosthenous Street leads to rather nondescript Platia Plastira, from where Effranoros Street continues uphill to Platia Profiti Ilia, crowned by a huge church. Among the standard four- to six-story apartment blocks that typify Athens, Pangrati also boasts some genuinely authentic tavernas and the odd trendy bar.
How to get there
  • Evangelismos • 6 min walk
  • Syntagma • 9 min walk
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  • Sammie-Jo69
    North West England, United Kingdom525 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Short but good value
    Right next to the Byzantine museum, it's included in the Athens combined ticket. You can do it in ten minutes - the dimensions are not large - but the presentation is immaculate and its highly informative for its small size. Worth the admission alone if you're in the area, even more so if it's included in the ticket.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written August 19, 2023
  • VanillaAce
    Saint Simons Island, Georgia1,032 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not much to see.
    Archaeology site is not worth the walk or visit. It is basically ruins and done information signs. You walk through and observe old stones where walls were once. Boring for most average people unless you are a history buff.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 16, 2023
  • Franky B
    Boston, Massachusetts5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Combine it with philosophy
    Lyceum is an open area with ruins of the ancient school of Aristotle. You can walk around it in less than 15min. We had a wonderful time though, because we had booked the Aristotle philosophy workshop, highly recommended to combine it with your visit, actually we philosophized while walking at the same paths as Aristotle and his students used to and this is an incredible feeling!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 4, 2023
  • ChrisLUSA
    Scarsdale, New York6 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Poor and small
    One of my family members is a philosophy freak so we had to pay this visit. I understand that it is important to see where Aristotle taught but honestly I found the place very poor, and small and the labels gave too little info. There is a philosophy workshop that takes place there but we did not take it, I suppose it would mean much more if we philosophized during our stay there. We spent literally 15 minutes and left. The ticket price was very cheap though.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written February 6, 2024
  • elmooo
    20 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Disappointing
    We visited as it was part of the combination ticket and I studied philosophy at uni however was a bit disappointed. Gardens seemed really run down. Was really not much to see, it was on route to some other things we were seeing that day so just walked through in about ten minutes. I didn’t know about the workshops maybe that would have made the experience more worthwhile.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written February 15, 2024
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Katharina F
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
If you know who Aristotle was and what his work means for science (not only philosophy), you must pay a visit. The site itself is the ruins of Aristotle’s school and the gymnasium, so not much to see really, but the entrance fee is very low (I believe it was 2-3euros) and you can combine your visit with a 1,5hour philosophy workshop, and stroll around alike Aristotle and his students, discussing on how to live the virtuous life! For the workshop you must book at least 24h ahead online on Hellas Revival website, while for the Lyceum entrance you do not need a reservation. Lyceum is almost attached to the Byzantine Museum, which is right next to the War Museum, so you could combine a visit to all 3 of them. Finally, I recommend having a coffee or meal at the restaurant in the Byzantine Museum garden which is literally 2min walking from Lyceum.
Written December 10, 2022
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VTJedi
Virginia2,997 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
A nice place to visit and walk around. Our visit only took 15-20 minutes, and entry was included on the combined ticket for the acropolis and other ancient sites. We had been to the nearby Cycladic art museum and so seeing this nearby was quite easy to do.
Written August 28, 2022
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Sarah b
Lytham St Anne's, UK2,283 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
It took us a while to find as part of our combined ticket, but so delighted we came. Fairly recent discovery when an army barracks was dismantled in just mid 90s.

With a bit of imagination you can put yourself back to the times when Aristotle and Socrates would have been thinking big thoughts under a tree here! Also a gymnasium and maybe the first University, you can imagine the philosophical debate happening here as well as the wrestling and boxing that took place. Some of the narrow paths are blocked off now in the pandemic, as is the cafe and most of the garden, but even so, one if our favourite sites to visit.
Written October 24, 2020
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Franky B
Boston, MA5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Lyceum is an open area with ruins of the ancient school of Aristotle. You can walk around it in less than 15min. We had a wonderful time though, because we had booked the Aristotle philosophy workshop, highly recommended to combine it with your visit, actually we philosophized while walking at the same paths as Aristotle and his students used to and this is an incredible feeling!
Written October 4, 2023
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paul and monica h
Crawley, UK192 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Good informative site with all history surrounding it. Its right along the city centre and its best you see this first if you get €30 site deal of the sites. lovely restaurant at the site and fairly modern setting.
Written October 29, 2022
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permia
Ireland63,337 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
It was interesting to learn that this famous place of scholarship from antiquity was excavated only in 1996 during preparatory works for a new Modern Art Museum.

In the lovely early spring afternoon and under cloudless skies of azure it was grand strolling around it.

Albeit only a few aspects of foundations are to be seen today, it is still evocative as it has the footsteps of one of the greatest ever philosophers and polymaths.

It is also referred to as the Peripatetic School, as it is thought that Aristotle strolled amongst the verdant groves while discussing scholarship with his students.
Written August 31, 2020
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Gillian Mulvany
New York City, NY5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
This site was part of my combined ticket, and I had already joined the online philosophy workshop of Hellas Revival for Aristotle, so I had to come and see it. You can imagine yourself as Aristotle’s student walking with him here. I just wish Covid was over and I could join the live workshop here.
Written November 23, 2020
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elmooo
yorkshire20 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We visited as it was part of the combination ticket and I studied philosophy at uni however was a bit disappointed. Gardens seemed really run down. Was really not much to see, it was on route to some other things we were seeing that day so just walked through in about ten minutes. I didn’t know about the workshops maybe that would have made the experience more worthwhile.
Written February 15, 2024
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Fabian N
The Netherlands6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
It is included in the combo ticket, so why not to visit? It's a small place with ruins of the ancient School of Aristotle, and labels do not explain much. But you could combine it with a philosophy workshop which is done right in the place, walking around the ruins as ancient philosophers, you must book this activity ahead though.
Written November 19, 2023
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jordanellie41
Longridge, UK1,074 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
If you're a history buff or very much into Aristotle than this will be for you. However, if you're like myself and simply going around Athens visiting all the sites, this is one to miss. It has a lot of historical importance but the fact is there is simply nothing there to see.
Written January 4, 2020
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