Athens Filopappou Hill

Location: Thissio

The Hill and Monument of Filopappou in Athens: Filopappou (or Philopappou) Hill is a green area to the southwest of the Acropolis. It is a favorite promenade of the Athenians and there you can have great views of the Acropolis, the whole city of Athens and the Aegean Sea that surrounds Attica. In 115 AD, a monument dedicated to the exiled Roman Prince Gaius Julius Antichus Philopappos of Commagene (a region in ancient Armenia) was erected on top of the hill.

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After his exile, Philopappos was settled in Athens, became an Athenian citizen and held religious and civil offices. He was considered a great benefactor and was highly esteemed by the residents. The grave monument of Philopappos was constructed of marble from Mount Pentelikon, near Athens, and Mount Imittos, to the southeast of Athens. Close to the monument and obscured from sight, there stands a stone structure with iron gates. According to the tradition, this is the prison where the great Greek philosopher Socrates was imprisoned and died.

A paved path starts from Philopappou and leads to the Pnyx Hill, where the great orators of Greek antiquity used to gather and discuss political issues. On the far side of the hill, there is the Dora Stratou theatre, which hosts folklore dancing performances. Close to Philopappou, you will also find the National Observatory, a scientific institute for the study of astronomy and seismology, as well as the church of Agia Marina. Philopappou Hill can be reached with the Athens Metro and you step out in the stations Thissio or Acropolis.

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How to get there

There are many ways to reach the Philopappos Hill, from any location in Athens.

Tours: Discover the Philopappos Hill with an organized tour, starting from 35 euros.

Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked Athens transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the port, airport or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 693 881 8288, 0030 694 597 2090, 0030 690 943 9292 or book your taxi online.

On foot: As the Philopappos Hill is located in a central area of Athens, it can be easily reached on foot from Thissio or Acropolis metro stations, in less than 20 minutes.

By metro: The closest metro station is “Thissio” on line 1. Note that the Philopappos Hill is located within a 20-minute walking distance from the metro. Get a map of the metro here.

By bus/trolleybus: The closest bus stop is “Apheteria” of the bus line 230. Check the routes and the official timetables on OASA Telematics.

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