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Pnyx, Athens

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4.5/5 based on 55 reviews on the web
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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  • We had the chance to visit this site with a skilled guide during our "Athens free walking tour". We left through a small park, the path is ascending and much easier than the one leading to the Acropol...  read more »
  • great views and great monument is easily accessible; and why do Athens APO psila!
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  • I think it's really a shame that many Athenians have not climbed ever in the Pnyx and haven't seen the face of the Acropolis, Lycabettus Hill, the surrounding mountains but also the rest of the city from there. Is impressive the information for the ilioskopio of the ancient astronomer left-hand Metonic, while in later years spoke there kolokotronis to young for unity. It is worth to put ourselves in the process and make a romantic walk in the past. One wonders how many things pass by everyday pretty effortlessly.
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