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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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  • Arriving here is not difficult, you just need to follow the steps from the little church that you'll find on the main path on the right. You need to climb a bit, but the view is breathtaking. After se...  more »
  • It is a monument remains on the tombstone of the Acropolis Hill, located just next to the Park. Nice Acropolis Hill ricavids Hill is famous as a place where there are views of Athens this filopapou Hill near the Acropolis from ricavids Hill seen from here.
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  • Night falls sweetly, blanketing the wooded hill of Pnyx, across from the Acropolis. The breeze gently makes the leaves on the olive trees to move, the cicadas play their purpose and the moschobolia of the pines. We're at the point where democracy was born in ancient times. Here I also met the Greek citizens of antiquity to discuss or vote on the city budget. Here was born the European democracy. Here was devised the modern form of the State, the city of Athens created methodically with the sovereignty of the citizens of the domination of doom.
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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.
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  • Great view of Acropolis!
  • Interesting place if you know the history of ancient Athens and the functioning of its democracy. It can one become to the idea of citizens gathered there and talked about the politicians in the gallery. The remains that are left are scarce and not very suggestive. But the views of the acropolis from there are very good. He is no charge for entry.
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  • fantastic view of the Acropolis
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