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Philopappos Hill, Athens

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Philopappos Hill stands just southwest of the Acropolis and honors the memory of Philopappus, a Roman magistrate. Philopappus was a member of a wealthy and powerful family and was so well-liked that many people from powerful families mourned him. The two-story structure is adorned with sculptures that depict Philopappos in relief promenading and as a bust. Although only a portion of the memorial stands today, the entire monument was intact as late as the 15th century. You'll find the attraction perched on Mouseion Hill with gardens decorating the base. Plan to visit Philopappos Hill and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Athens attractions using our Athens travel itinerary planner.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Well kept paths leads to the top. Easy to find shade when it is hot. Great views of Akropolis. Most of all it is much less crowded than the other Hill views of Akropolis and Athens. And it is free. Re...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    No easy assent of Philopappos Hill, but the path way is fine, just a steep and humid climb. Average fitness required to get to the top. Monument of Philopappos is impressive and so are the views of th...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Don't miss a walk along the path of monte delle Muse. The Filipappo is a short walk from the Acropolis and the trail to get to the top of the monument takes about 10 minutes on foot, about 250 meters from the entrance, although the heat is a bit tiring. Along the way you will see the prison of Socrates, the Temple of the muses and great views of the Acropolis. Admission is free and well worth it!
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