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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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  • The cemetery is a relatively quiet place, and is located just off the beaten tourist track. Very impressive stelae and funerary monuments that invite in the extensive grounds on a virtual tour. The explanatory notes on the text panels are concise and even in German, since the excavations were organised by the German Archaeological Institute. The small museum is appealing and offers a good selection of some moving images. Impressively a loyal dog, not his little deceased mistress who wants to let.
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  • The Cemetery is chalk full of interesting things to see from the statues and grave makers to the building foundations and the museum. There really is a lot of see while you are there, it's definitely ...  more »
  • Themistoclean Wall, two gates into Athens, the Dipylon Master Kouros ||, the funerary monuments in situ (replicas) and the small and exceedingly rich museum, the garden Attic supreme and salubrious ga...  more »
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  • Beautiful and peaceful, a wonder place to visit on a quiet morning. Expansive grounds and a small museum have many ancient works if art to view and explore.
  • An interesting experience mostly in the museum, where you can find many interesting artefacts.
  • Peaceful, beautiful and less busy than all of the other sites. We came here on a Tuesday morning and it was very interesting to see all the ancient tombs and the ancient city wall.
  • Kerameikos 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. The Kerameikos Museum is housed there, in a small neoclassical building that houses the most extensive collection of burial-related artifacts in Greece, varying from large-scale marble sculpture to funerary urns, stelae, jewelry, toys etc.
  • The cemetery of ancient Athens includes a small museum with unique and beautiful objects that were found there.
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