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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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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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