Monument of Lysikrates, Athens

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The Choragic Monument of Lysicrates near the Acropolis of Athens was erected by the choregos Lysicrates, a wealthy patron of musical performances in the Theater of Dionysus, to commemorate the award of first prize in 335/334 BCE to one of the performances he had sponsored. The choregos was the sponsor who paid for and supervised the training of the dramatic dance-chorus.The monument is known as the first use of the Corinthian order on the exterior of a building. It has been reproduced widely in modern monuments and building elements.
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  • We were staying in Kallisperi and were looking for monuments near by and we came across this! There's a great history behind this and it's worth spending few minutes to know about Corinthian architect...  more »
  • As others have pointed out, this monument is most impressive once you know its history. Make sure you read up on it before you visit or you might not understand what all the fuss is about.  more »
  • Nice but little valued, is still along a busy road to visit other sites or to shop for souvenirs, so still worth stopping to see this celebration of theatrical art.
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  • The best time to visit this place is the sunset time. One can visualize the complete Athens city from this mountain. The evening sunset view is mind blowing.
  • The angient ruins and the still standing art left from the angient Greeks in the Plaka area and serounfing the Acropolis is always a wonder how those people could have done such a structured and art that still today we marvel at them.
  • Great place, significant monument, nice surround, restaurants, coffee shops, fresh juices. View to Acropolis. Sometimes vandalized...
  • Half of it was a part of a monastery later destroyed.... amazing
  • Well kept. Nice area to grab a bite.

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