First Cemetery of Athens

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First Cemetery of Athens
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Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings • Cemeteries • Scenic Walking Areas
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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.
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permia
Ireland37,082 contributions
Estimable place of repose, having opened in 1837
Mar. 2020
Through the imposing modern entrance we strolled around for about an hour, admiring the wonderful monuments to the departed.

That of Heinrich Schliemann, one of the most famous ever archaeologists, is aptly in the form of a Greek Temple.

We recognised many of the names with thoughtful memorials dedicated. Melina Mercouri's reflects the adoration she remains held in by her country.

George Averoff, renowned philanthropist and businessman, has one of the most impressive dedications. Portrayed seated atop a multi-level creation in marble, it is a superb monument to such a life.

Three Churches are here. At the entrance is the one of Saint Theodore, the largest. Greek Orthodox, it has a lovely façade in pale light azure hues.
Written December 3, 2020
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bindinimki
Miami, FL60 contributions
Pass on this one
Sep. 2019
We love visiting cemeteries but unfortunately, this was a huge disappointment. I wouldn't bother making a trip here. Not very interesting and seems like everything is quite new - quite a few mourners and funerals going on. Seems like just another active local cemetery.
Written September 27, 2019
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Martyn Cymro
Coimbra, Portugal3,129 contributions
An Oasis of Calm, Plus It's Interesting.
Aug. 2019
It's a fairly long walk from the Temple of Zeus, especially in the August sun, but if you have seen the attractions in the vicinity of the Acropolis, then you could do worse than make a visit to the First Cemetery of Athens. It's free to enter and is a quiet, peaceful haven after the hustle and bustle of the Acropolis and Plaka. There are some beautiful tombs and 2 which I found which made me think that their next of kin really didn't like them. There is a colony of stray cats there which lounge on the tombstones hoping for food from the visitors.
Written September 26, 2019
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Manderjo
Clarinda, IA12 contributions
WOW! Absolutely beautiful & a nice change of pace while touring.
Jun. 2019 • Friends
This cemetery is absolutely amazing. My mother and I visited Athens from the USA and on our 'rest day' decided to venture from Glyfada to this beautiful place. We opted to go on our own rather than do the guided tour which after reading reviews, I'm not entirely sure that we really missed much other than having someone to answer questions and tell stories. We simply made note of our questions and upon returning to the hotel, a google search was enough. it's very calm and peaceful as one would expect for a cemetery & made for some stunning pictures to take home.

would Definitely recommend, not for young kids but for adults looking to explore more of the culture.
Written June 8, 2019
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GreeceHelena
Whanganui, New Zealand372 contributions
Escape the Crowds and Chaos
May 2019 • Solo
A hauntingly beautiful, peaceful and tranquil place to visit where on a sunny day, the birds are singing. If you are lucky like me, you will encounter few humans, no ghosts and many cats! A large green space with pine trees, cypresses, olives and oranges. Tombs with seriously impressive and striking sculptures. It is simply quite amazing!
Written May 26, 2019
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rajashree N
7 contributions
Serene place but not for recreation
May 2019 • Couples
There was a funeral going on so lots of mourners so felt uncomfortable visiting this place luckily the garderner there showed us the main tombstones as we could not go around with the mourners around . recommend it only if you have time and are interested in sculptures
Written May 16, 2019
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Sunshine24476849722
2 contributions
Very nice and peaceful
May 2019 • Couples
We only had time for 30min visit but it was definitely worth it. Beautiful cemetery, very different compared to any other cemetery i've been to.
Written May 13, 2019
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Rob
Dublin, Ireland2,958 contributions
Ornate
Mar. 2019 • Solo
This is an interesting place. It is pretty close to where I stayed so I visited it as I went to the Panathetic stadium. I was surprised by how ornate so many of the graves were. This is clearly the final resting place for upper middle class and rich people.
It is quiet, tranquil and an cool place to visit. It is worth checking out if you have a chance.
Written March 26, 2019
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Chris S
Derby, UK33 contributions
Hidden Gem...albeit on a morbid scale
Mar. 2019 • Couples
The walk from our apartment in Plaka to the cemetery was a little bit uninspiring but on arrival at the cemetery, you are blown away.

This is something wholly different to anything else in Athens. The monuments in the cemetery are fascinating. Albeit those buried in there are unknown to the likes of myself, you can pave through the grounds and take in a small part of there lives through pictures, memorial words and the design of the mausoleums.

Worth the walk.
Written March 23, 2019
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Kez H
London, UK38 contributions
Peaceful yet neglected
Feb. 2019 • Couples
A beautiful place to wander for up to an hour. Many grand mausoleums and graves, with no one else to interrupt the quiet apart from the occasional cat. It is clearly still a working cemetery, but many of the graves are unloved and untended. Some mausoleums are missing their doors, with some urns containing ashes smashed and mixed with litter. We even saw one coffin with the lid discarded and a mixture of human bones and a fabric dress. Strewn around the corpse were empty coke bottles, crisp packets and fallen leaves. We were not poking around, but these are likely sights for someone taking a wander off the main path. It is sad to see some graves loved and tended by relatives sitting so closely to those long forgotten.
Written February 24, 2019
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