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The Monastery of Daphni, Athens

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  • Unique archaeological site maintained for several years. Unique disadvantage the visit time two days a week, every Tuesday and Friday 8:00 – 15:00.
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  • The monastery of Daphni is a byzantine masterpiece, A UNESCO World Heritage Site, that dates from the 11th century A.D. It has a wonderful architecture, it is full of beautiful mosaics and a great dom...  more »
  • Attention the place is poorly indicated on the trip map. To change. Open Tuesday and Friday 8 h - 15 h. Beautiful!
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  • Wonderful place, a must see if you are interested in byzantine art/architecture. You can get there by bus from Athens (about 30 minutes, normal ticket costs 1.40 €), google has the bus connections. For example from Omonia square. Get off at the stop “Psychiatreio“. From there it's a two minute walk (along the highway in the direction of the bus, but on the other side of the street). The place is a little hidden but very close to the highway. Mind that the opening hours are tuesday and friday only, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to enter the site you have to ring the door bell.
  • Byzantine monastery of 11th century with impresive mosaic. The constraction ladders are off. An UNESCO world heritage monument. Easy to visit from Athens.
  • Is one of the most important #Byzantine monuments in #Athens #Greece
  • An amazing Byzantine monastery. Must see!
  • Restoration work has been going on here for a long time so it's hard to see it properly. But one of the benefits of the restoration work is that you can go inside and climb up the scaffolding to get a much closer view of the mosaics on the walls (no photos, though). The opening hours are a bit erratic and the entrance through a little wire gate seems quite basic. But don't be put off by all of this - it's worth getting out of downtown Athens to see this. It's part of the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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Where to stay in Athens

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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