HILL OF THE NYMPHS (OBSERVATORY)
Height: 105 m
Identity and history:
In 1842, while the architect Theophilus Hansen was building the Observatory of Athens funded by the national benefactor Georgios Sinas on the top of this hill, where dedications were discovered chiseled in the stones of the garden, thus giving its name to the area.
Also, on this hill there was a temple dedicated to the Nymphs and the Childbirth. Associated with it - not by chance - is Agia Marina (Saint Marina), whose church is nearby.
Close to the church, there is a smooth rock, which legend has that pregnant women, by sitting on it and slowly sliding down, would secure a painless and easier delivery.
HOW TO GET THERE
BY FOOT: From Agion Asomaton Square and the Thissio Metro Station, follow the Apostolou Pavlou Walkway for over 1 km to find on your right hand side the Hill of Nymphs.
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