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Pnyx, Athens

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The Pnyx is a hill in central Athens, the capital of Greece. Beginning as early as 507 BC, the Athenians gathered on the Pnyx to host their popular assemblies, thus making the hill one of the earliest and most important sites in the creation of democracy.The Pnyx is located less than 1km west of the Acropolis and 1.6 km south-west of the centre of Athens, Syntagma Square.Historical significanceThe Pnyx was used for popular assemblies in Athens as early as 507 BC, when the reforms of Cleisthenes transferred political power to the citizenry. It was then outside the city proper, but close enough to be convenient. It looks down on the ancient Agora, which was the commercial and social centre of the city.At this site all the great political struggles of Athens of the "Golden Age" were fought out. Pericles, Aristides and Alcibiades spoke here, within sight of the Parthenon, temple of Athena. Here Demosthenes delivered his vilifications of Philip of Macedon, the famous Philippics.
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  • So much to see destination in the heart of Athens ... excellent views combined with the ultimate in almost silence composes images unique.. Visit the anyway ...
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  • The Pnyx Hill or Pnika, birthplace of democracy, part of the Philopappos Hill. It offers one of the best views to Acropolis. Best time to visit is late afternoon. Enjoy the silence and the views of At...  more »
  • Today the various parliaments of the world meet in huge, rather nice buildings, enjoying all the comforts that such places can afford. What a contrast, then, when visiting the Pnyx (the word means "ti...  more »
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  • Almost no one goes here, which is a great pity because it’s one of the most historically significant places in Athens. This was where the ancient Athenian assembly gathered. It’s where Themistocles convinced the city to fight the Persians at Salamis, where Pericles built the Delian League, where Nicias and Alcibiades debated the Sicilian Expedition, and where Demosthenes spoke against Phillip II of Macedon. Socrates even presided over the assembly here for one day — holding public office for the only time in his life — during a famous trial of generals during the Peloponnesian War. You can see the place where these men made their great speeches in the shadow of the Acropolis. The speakers’ platform is still there, carved directly into the bedrock.
  • Great view of Acropolis!
  • The place of Assembly of the ancient democratic Government in the world. Indeed the cradle of democracy. And another great view of Acropolis from here, and take a walk on the Hill is very nice.
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  • This is maloprimechatelnoe now a place with the remains of a stone grandstand on the outskirts the main tourist routes, which was once the center of political life of the Athenian Polis, is actually a cradle of Athenian and world democracy. If you do not take the historic significance of this place, get to Pniksa it is worth at least because it offers one of the most beautiful views of the Acropolis.
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  • View of the ancient Greek democracy.
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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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