The area was named after the monastery "Koimiseos tis Theotokou" (the Assumption of Virgin Mary) that used to be there. It is a narrow area between the streets, Ermou and Adrianou, and the Metro stations "Monastiraki" (in Monastiraki Square) and "Thisio" (the junction of Apostolou Pavlou Street with Ermou Street). Hypothetically, of course, we say that it extends to Aiolou Street to the east and the Roman Agora to the south.
Monastiraki is the pleasure of the collector. On Hephaestus Street, there are tens of small shops selling furniture, appliances, clothes and shoes, as well as, beads, used records and small items of decoration. Especially in the antique bazaar of Avissinias Square, the well known Giousouroum, when you really look thoroughly, you may find a small treasure. That may be a telescope, a rare antique, a diving suite or a shiny saxophone, all in debatable prices, as it was done in Athens in bygone years. What one sees wandering in Monastiraki on Sunday morning, it is rare to see elsewhere. Crowds of people roam the pedestrian precincts, sometimes with the sole purpose of a stroll, in itself, with no particular destination.
Of course, it's not that Monastiraki is without destinations: the cafés and the restaurants of the surrounding streets, underneath the magnificence of Acropolis and next to Thisio, the Roman Agora or the Aerides, are the attracting poles for the enchanted tourists and for those who wish to read their newspapers in the shade, under the sounds of the electric train, the cheerful people passing by and sometimes the sound of a laterna (hand organ). The most recent addition to the image of Monastiraki is the square that completed construction on December 2008. It consists of a multicolored mosaic which refers to the multiculturalism of the area. Here, visitors can see the ancient view of the Eridanos River from the new 6 meter deep opening of the square.
HOW TO GET THERE
BY ATHENS METRO: 1 (Green Line), 3 (Blue Line), Station "Monastiraki"
BY BUS: 025, 026, 027, 035, 200, 227, 500
BY FOOT: From Syntagma Square, follow Ermou street all the way down until you meet up with Monastiraki Square. This will take approximately 10 minutes.
HOT SPOTS - What we propose
Loose yourself down the narrow pathways of Monastiraki, amongst the number of small shops and flea markets where you will find anything from collectable music recordings and posters to funny T-shirts to antiques or a one-of-a-kind souvenir of Athens.
Unofficially known as "the meeting spot in Monastiraki", this is where everyone in the city has come to get a souvlaki or gyro at least once in their lifetime.
Churches and Monasteries
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