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Kerameikos Cemetery, Athens

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Keramikos, also known by its Latinized form Ceramicus, is an area of Athens, Greece, located to the northwest of the Acropolis, which includes an extensive area both within and outside the ancient city walls, on both sides of the Dipylon Gate and by the banks of the Eridanos River. It was the potters' quarter of the city, from which the English word "ceramic" is derived, and was also the site of an important cemetery and numerous funerary sculptures erected along the road out of the city towards Eleusis.History and descriptionThe area took its name from the city square or dēmos (δῆμος) of the Kerameis (Κεραμεῖς, potters), which in turn derived its name from the word κέραμος (kéramos, "pottery clay", from which the English word "ceramic" is derived). The "Inner Kerameikos" was the former "potters' quarter" within the city and "Outer Kerameikos" covers the cemetery and also the Dēmósion Sēma (δημόσιον σῆμα, public graveyard) just outside the city walls, where Pericles delivered his funeral oration in 431 BC. The cemetery was also where the Ηiera Hodos (the Sacred Way, i.e. the road to Eleusis) began, along which the procession moved for the Eleusinian Mysteries. The quarter was located there because of the abundance of clay mud carried over by the Eridanos River.
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  • August 10, 2017
    We visited this site, with the ticket of the Acropolis: the Museum is small, but well organized and there are some very interesting pieces, like the pieces used to ostracize citizens and numerous Sphinxes, symbols of rebirth. The remains of the necropolis are interesting, but the hot sun makes the visit a bit tiring. The site is close to the metro and the ancient agora.
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  • August 7, 2017
    Nice to walk around in the old cemetery of Keramikos, Athens, shame that this site is very poor directions and, on exiting the station, it is not easy to achieve due to the lack of signs. 30 euros ticket includes the visit of the Acropolis.
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  • July 20, 2017
    Entry in the combined €30 ticket. The cemetery in him even is nice to walk around. You will discover a few sculptures (like a very handsome Bull). To complete your visit, go to the (small) Museum air conditioned to see very beautiful sculptures. We would probably not visit without the combined ticket for €6 is a little expensive for what it is. Average time: 1 h / 1 h 30. The entrance is located on Ermou. He must walk along the cemetery to reach the entrance.
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  • July 2, 2017
    Nice archeological area. Highly recommend facilities (design of museum & field).
  • December 2, 2016
    Really tidy off the beaten path site and a wonderful small museum included. Worths the visit!
  • October 13, 2016
    Worth seeing but just for once; a cozy museum completes the experience
  • January 15, 2016
    I loved my visit here. You might visit the Archaeological Museum first and see all of the beautiful ancient tombstones there, then head to this ancient Athenian cemetery to see where they were located. The site also has a small, excellent museum. Some of the tombstones in place are original, others are reproductions. The road through the cemetery led to Ancient Athens and was called the Sacred Way. The site also includes the location of Plato's Academy. Keep your eyes out for a cool tortoise that wanders through the place. But puh-leeze, don't pound on his shell, like so many tourists do! Poor tortoise.
  • January 30, 2016
    West of the Ancient Agora people often overlook this very cool place! Not only a cemetery ...it's where the ruin of the Dipylon Gate is (the biggest of the 15 gates of Ancient Athens' Themistolceian city wall) It was where all the potters were (Kerameis). Small and easy to see.

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