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ATHENS — Exarhia

This area is found in downtown Athens near the National Technical University of Athens. Exarhia is bordered on the east by Kolonaki and is framed by Patission, Panepistimiou and Alexandras Avenues. The main square of Exarhia has many cafes and bars with numerous retail computer shops located mainly on Stournari Street, which is often called the Greek Silicon Valley. One of the oldest summer cinemas of Athens is found on the square as well as the Antonopoulos apartment building which is known as the ‘Blue Building’ not only because of the first colour it was painted but also because is a typical example of the modernist movement of Greek architecture in the inter-war period. This area has always been a political and intellectual centre and for a time it had a bad reputation because a lot of drug addicts moved into the area. This has now changed and the area has become popular with students because of the nearby university.

The sights found here are:
Epigraphical Museum
National Archaeological Museum
Strefi Hill

Epigraphical Museum
This is the third largest museum of ancient inscriptions in the world. Its collection contains 13,500 inscriptions, mostly Latin, from early historical times to the Late Roman period. The museum is located in the South wing of the National Archaeological Museum of Athens at 1 Tositsa Street. The internal and external courtyards, the lobby and four rooms are accessible to visitors but the rest is only for researchers.
For information about the museum visit the following website at: http://odysseus.culture.gr/h/1/eh151.jsp?obj_id=3348

National Archaeological Museum
This is the largest and most important archaeological museum in Greece and is considered one of the world’s greatest for its collection of ancient Greek art. The museum dates from 1891 and is housed in a two-storey Neo-Classical building. The highlights of this museum’s impressive collection would have to be its statues which include a statue of a smiling Aphrodite; the Harp Player from Keros; the Poseidon from Cape Artemsiion and the marble Sirens. Also in the collection are early Cycladic artefacts and the large, rich gold masks and ornaments from Mycenae.There is also a collection of Egyptian art and artefacts. Make sure you visit the well-stocked gift shop which is filled with official reproductions of many of the items on display.
For information about the museum visit the following website at: http://www.namuseum.gr/wellcome-en.html

Strefis Hill

Strefi Hill
This hill offers wonderful views over the city of Athens as well as giving you an overview of the Exarhia area. It was once called Anchesmos and it was owned by the Strefis family. There was a stone quarry found here in the 19th and early 20th centuries. In the 1920s after the quarry was closed trees were planted here and in 1963 the Strafis family gave the hill to the city.