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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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  • It is a very beautiful monument with ancient history in the centre of Athens and in a very nice neighbour. The architecture of this monument is great.  more »
  • This historical monument is so full of history that it would do it no justice at all to write about here. It was constructed through funds provided by Lysikrates, a wealthy patron of the arts, who pai...  more »
  • Among the alleys of Plaka, among others, is a monument to izicarts – ancient Greece was to allow people who win awards, to build their own monuments. This monument was erected in honor patron plays in 334 BC, the round shape.
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  • This is a big stone pedestal put up to hold a choral prize that the donor won. The award was of course looted at some point.
  • An interesting area with a range of cafes surrounding this monument.
  • Big restaurant with different styles and moods over the monument park
  • The only place I love in the area
  • The square around the monument is really romantic at night

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If you come to Athens for its ancient history, stay in Plaka, a lively neighborhood located within walking distance of the city's major archaeological sites. Although relatively expensive, hotels in this part of town offer spacious rooms, private swimming pools, and rooftop cocktail bars. For less expensive but equally comfortable lodgings, consider boutique hotels and family-run inns in the quiet residential neighborhoods just a short drive south of Plaka. Good rooms fill up early in the season, so plan ahead and book in advance.
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