Kerameikos

Price guide: Budget

148 Ermou , Thisseion, Athens, 10555

Price guide: Budget

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#6 of 20
expert-rated things to do in Athens
Expert overall rating:4.7 out of 5
Value for money:
4.7
4.7
Recommended for:
Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Art, Escaping the crowds, History, Nature / wildlife

Expert review of Kerameikos

The ancient cemetery where Pericles delivered his funeral oration.

This peaceful spot was Athens’ official cemetery from the 11th century BC to the 2nd century AD. It was here that Pericles delivered his funeral oration, commemorating the soldiers who died in the first year of the Peloponnesian War. The vast site is filled with unusual treasures. But it’s surprisingly under the radar. In fact, the cemetery was only discovered in 1861 during construction of a new road to the port of Piraeus. Rows of stunted columns mark the graves of slaves. Wealthy citizens ensured they had fantastically elaborate tombstones. Many of them are now housed in the small Oberlander Museum. Alongside them are touching everyday objects that were buried with the dead, in case they needed them in the afterlife. You can also see some of the 7000 ostraka – tablets inscribed with the names of undesirables who were ostracised from Athens for a decade.

 

Price advice: 

 €2

 

Expert tips: 
Look out for fragments of statues built into the ancient city walls.
The cemetery is also a refuge for wildlife. Dozens of species of birds, frogs, and tortoises live in the undergrowth.

More information on Kerameikos:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Archaeological site, Cemetery, Museum
Address:
148 Ermou , Thisseion, Athens, 10555
Telephone:
+30 210 346 3552
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
May-Oct Tue-Sun, 8am-8pm, Mon, 1.30-8pm; Nov-Apr Tue-Sun 8.30am-3pm, Closed Mon
Indoor/outdoor?:
Both
Free tags / Keywords:
Sculpture, History, Antiquities

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