3rd Route

Agias filotheis street - Pandrosou street - Mitropoleos square - Monastiraki Metro - Ifaistou street - Ag.Filipou street - Adrianou street.

 
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In Agia Filothei street is the house of greek orthodox Archimandrite. It is close to the greek cathedral church which is only two blocks away. It is guarded by the police 24/7. The area is full of shops, specialized on religious items. Take a look , especially if you are an orthodox christian. Agia Filotheis opens up into the spacious Mitropoleos Square. The first you see is the smaller Agios Eleftherios Church. Watch more carefully and you will realize that it was build upon and with the ruins of an Ancient Greek temple. Something very common in Greece. Behind it, is the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens. It was built by the first greek king Otto of modern Greece. Numerous demolished churches provided the materials needed  for its construction. The historic center of Athens is full of churches and the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens is one of the most recent. During the 1999 earthquake of Athens it received serious damages. It was decided to be supported by graceless steal beams. There was a strong dispute between the old archbishop and the government about the repair expenses. The new Archimandrite stopped its operation and began the extensive repairs in 2009. Due to the greek economic crisis the pace of repairs is slowed down and I’m afraid that the scaffoldings will stay for many years.

Mitropoleos square is surrounded by Cafeterias. Law prohibits the presence of cafeterias , pubs and restaurants near churches. It is bended as usual. You will soon  discover that the historical center of Athens is full of churches, small or bigger ones. Adding the immense touristic  development of the area, there is tolerance. I do not disagree with that but sometimes is overdone. Video


3rd Route 1st Deviation.


Deviate if you like to Evagelistrias street at left side of Cathedral entrance. This street is a hot spot for Athenias to see and to be seeing. The quality and price ratio of beverages is excellent. Evagelistrias street has only big cafeterias serving also snacks and simply dishes. Most people rest there after hours of window shopping. It ends at Ermou high street. The busiest  street in Greece for shopping. Video



Back to Agias Filotheis and turn left and after the Mitropoleos square you will head the nearby Pandrosou street. Pandrosou street is narrow pedestrianized street. Because it is very narrow, it is overcrowded easily. The pavement of Pandrosou street is painted with several colors by artists. Paint fades quite soon by the rain and the thousands walkers. You may be lucky to find it freshly painted. Video

It is the ideal place of pickpockets. At Pandrosou street  and afterwards Ifestou street  be extremely cautious with your belongings. It has many shops of various products, mostly for tourists. It is picturesque and different from the other streets of my Athens walk. Pandrosou winds up at Monastiraki square. Left-hand is the Tsisdarakis Mosque. It is one of the few survived in Athens. A real remainder of the Ottoman period. It was build with the ruins of the near Temple of Olympian Zeus. A very common practice then, for cheap building materials. Nowadays it is a museum. Greek church does not disagree for its reopening as a mosque but the ministry of culture opposes.

Monastiraki square is a very lively place at all times. panorama You’ll see street artists, beggars, and many many cheerful young Athenians. It has a metro station that connects two  metro lines. Inevitably  many commuters pass from it .

From Monastiraki to Thissio is nearly impossible not to be approached by a beggar, most times not a native greek. For any reason don’t open conversation and ignore them. Some of them can be embarrassingly obtrusive if you give them a chance. I may seem hard but a few of them are specialized on tourists and make a living from that. Video


3rd Route 2nd Deviation.


This Deviation is really good. From the end of Pandrousou street turn right at Monastiraki square. You will see the pedestrianized part of Mitropoleos street. There is the Mecca of souvlaki and kebab lovers. Big portions ,really good prices and many restaurants to select. Despite being a highly touristic area the majority of customers are Greeks. The serving of waiters is indeed faster than Fast Foods. If your trip to Athens is on a tight budget avoid fast foods and eat here. You will pay nearly the same and you will eat like a human. If you are on Diet keep a way because the smell off roasted meat will force you to sit down.  Please do not overdo it. A heavy stomach spoils the enjoy of walking. Video


Back to the end of Pandrosou street. Right ahead after crossing the Monastiraki square is the Ifestou street. Ifestou street is pedestrianized and has the best shops of all the Athens Walk. The street is full of trendy fashion boutiques. Here you can really find a bargain. Video Again is many times overcrowded and be aware of pickpockets. Most shops sell clothes, shoes, cheap jewelry and house decorative items. Half shoppers are Athenians who search for special clothes and shoes. I would say that is quite similar to the London Camden Market, in a tiny scale.  In the middle of Ifestou is Avissinias Square also named  by locals as Yousouroum. Video Avissinias Square is one of the oldest and most popular flea markets in Greece. There you can find old books, old furniture, old decorative items, vintage electronics and nearly everything. Some of them are junk, but I hear from time to time that some people found really tasteful ones. Visit it the morning hours and you will discover for sure something interesting.

Continue Ifestou street until it dead ends at a T-intersection. The cross street is  Agiou Filipou street. Video When you reach the intersection turn left and you will see the Adrianou street. Now you have two choices.  The first to turn right at Thiseio area and the second to turn left and follow backwards the Adrianou street.


3rd Route 3rd Deviation.


Optionally from Agiou Filipou Street turn left at Adrianou street. panorama This part of Adrianou street doesn’t have shops selling merchandises. it is full of cafeterias and restaurants. Very lively place, especially during summer nights. At the right side is the wonderful view of Acropolis and the archeological area of Archea Agora. panorama Greece has a mild weather, even during winter. So Greeks love taking their coffee outside. Coffee shops are places to meet and speak. Greeks prefer them more than their homes for their meetings. In Greece the coffee culture is powerful since the Ottomans rule. Greeks spent hours in coffee shops daily with their mates chatting and watching others people pass in front of them. Perhaps this is the main reason a cup of coffee in Greece, costs more than in the rest of Europe. Video


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Vironos street - Lisikratous street -Adrianou street -Navarchou Nikodimou street - Agias Filotheis street.


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Adrianou street - Agion Asomaton street -Thiseio Metro - Thiseio



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3rd Route Agias Filotheis street Athens.

Agia Filothei “ Saint Filothei” derive from an Athenian noble Benizelon family.  The daughter of Agellou Benizelou, Regoula Banizelou (1522 - 1589) became a nun. She was renamed Filothei and did many charities.

Right the Archibishop house.

Saint Filothei was tortured by Ottomans for her beliefs and later was canonized by the greek church.

3rd Route Agias Filotheis street Athens  Shops selling religious clothes and items.

3rd Route Agias Filotheis street Athens  Shops selling religious items  mostly for priests.

3rd Route Agias Filotheis street Athens  In front the greek cathedral church.

Construction of greek Cathedral Church. Many churches were demolished for building materials. The building site of demolished churched were sold and the money were used for the Cathedral Church’s construction. Greek benefactors Simonas and Georgios Sinas offered money for the construction too.

The cathedral church was heavily damaged by the 1981 and 1999 earthquakes in Athens. After 1999 it was supported by ugly heavy steel beams. The greek orthodox church wasn’t willing to cover the restoration expense, neither the greek ministry of culture.

Just before the greek financial crisis the greek government decided to restore the church. For at least three years there isn’t any Mass. The restoration pace is slow due to the lack of funds.  Since the works have started is a matter of time to be completed. God knows when...

Mitropolis square Athens.

Sorry but there isn’t any sign of mitropolis square in english. Perhaps not a tourist friendly square. Near the greek cathedral church is a smaller church dedicated to Agios Eleftherio and Virgin Mary. It replaced the ancient greek temple of Eileithyia.

3rd Route Mitropoleos Square  A small coffe shop

3rd Route Agias Filotheis street Athens  Right the greek cathedral church  in front Mitropoleos square. Around the greek cathedral church are many coffee shops, bars and restaurants even thought the law prohibits their proximity to churches and schools. Only the Starbucks was forced to move further. I wonder why only that...

3rd Route Mitropoleos Square  Surrounded by coffe shops and restaurants.

The cobblestone on Mitropolis square are amazingly slippery during rain.The greek metropolitan cathedral church of the annunciation was built soon after the greek war of independence by the first king of modern Greece Otto. It is said that a huge number of churches were demolished to provide building materials. It took 20 years to be completed.

3rd Route Mitropoleos Square  In front evagelistrias street with many coffe shops.

Mitropoleos street Athens.

Mitropoleos street leads from syntagma to the greek cathedral church. Mitropole in greek language.

3rd Route 1st Deviation Evagelistrias street Athens  Nice coffee shops.

Evangelistrias street Athens.

Evagelistrias means annunciation and leeds to the greek metropolitan cathedral church of the annunciation.

3rd Route 1st Deviation Evagelistrias street Athens. This street street has only coffee shops who serves mainly the greek shoppers from the Ermou street.

  3rd Route 1st Deviation Evagelistrias street Athens  In front Ermou street  the busiest high street in Athens. After the greek war of independence Ermou street was build for commercial purposes. Hence the name Ermou Hermes in english , the greek God of commerce.

3rd Route 1st Deviation Evagelistrias street Athens  Ervou street  Best  place for  shopping therapy.

Back to 3rd Route 1st Deviation Mitropoleos square Athens .

3rd Route 1st Deviation Mitropoleos square Athens. Left is a branch of the National Bank of Greece. A safe spot during working hours  to get cash from its ATMs.

Pandrosou street Athens.

Pandrosus was the daughter of the mythological first king of Athens Cecrops.

Right is the Theodoridis manor. It was built at the end of 19th century. The first two floors have many neoclassical elements. The third and fourth floors were added later. Theodoridis was a rich man who created Evagelismos hospital. It was the first big hospital in Greece and still is the biggest.

Theodoridis manor. After Theodoridis family this building was possessed by Martinou family.

3rd Route  Pandrosou street Athens  watch the painted street. Watch the pavement. It is painted by artist. Personally I don’t see any point to that.

Pandrossou street.

Before the touristic exploitation of Athens Pandrosou street was named Abajidika because of the Abajidika shops. Abajidika were processing and selling textiles. In Pandrosou there were tailors who were sewing traditional clothes “foustaneles”.

Pandrousou was also said Tsarouxchadika because because many shops were creating and selling traditional shoes “Tsarouchia”.

3rd Route  Pandrosou street Athens  Infront Aiolou street.

3rd Route  Pandrosou street Athens In front Aiolou street. This area was named Aerides. Aerides means winds. A little close to the left is the Tower of Winds in Roman Agora.

3rd Route  Pandrosou street Athens  Quite a narrow street  Beware of pickpockets.

3rd Route  Pandrosou street Athens  In front Tsisdarakis mosque. It was built by Ottoman Mustafa Aga Tsisdaraki in 1759. For building materials , columns from Temple of Olympian Zeus were used. Today is a museum of greek traditional art.

3rd Route  Pandrosou street Athens  In front Tsisdarakis mosque. In 1915 archeologist and architecht Anastasios Orlandos did a major repairing . The earthquake of 1981 created serious damages. The repair completed in 1991 and since then is used as a museum.

3rd Route  Pandrosou street Athens  In front Monastiraki square.

Monastirakiou square is the official name of the Monastiraki square.

During the ottoman rule Monastiraki was named as Kato Pazaria ( Low Bazaars ). After the greek war for indepence it was renamed Monastiraki because of the small women monastery depedency of Karea.

In front Pantanassa church nowadays Kimisi Theotokou church. Behind the Tsisdarakis mosque.

On Acropolis at the left side the frankish watch tower. It was demolished in 1874.


The church in front use to be a catholic church. During the frankish rule of Greece was a private abbey of Venish noble Nicola Bonefatsi.

During ottoman rule was a small monastery dependency of women  Karea abbey in Ymitos mountain named as Pantanassa church. Small Monastery in greek is Monastiraki hence the name. Now is named Kimisi Theotokou ( church of the Assumption of Mary).

3rd Route  Monastiraki square Athens

In 2008 the works for the reconstruction of Monastiraki square ended. Now the Square is more open and the amount of restaurant tables and chairs is reduced.

3rd Route  Monastiraki square Athens Left Monastiraki metro station.

Eridanos river passes underneath the Monastiraki square. After the renovation of square in 2008 it can be seen by a special construction in the middle of the square.

Left Monastiraki Metro station. The mosaic on the square’s floor is much better. It is more beautiful, it can be cleaned more easily, is less slippery, It doesn’t strain the eye during summer sunshine. The color of the mosaic is earthy and the dirt is not very evident.

Monastiraki square Athens Monastiraki metro station.

The latest renovation of athenian’s squares are considered by many as unsuccessful. They are minimalistic. This is good for the photos and the crime control but lack the romanticism of old Athens.

Squares in old Athens were full of trees and benches for people to sit and meet each other. That when the population of Athens was 500.000 now is at least 3.000.000 without adding the unconfirmed immigrants.

Before the construction of Monastiraki station around Kimisis Theotokou Pantanassas church there was any square. Only many little shops that belonged to the church. They were demolished for the station’s creation and afterwards the square appeared. 

The last decades athenian squares are heavily commercialized. Many bars , restaurants, coffee  use the open square area to put their tables and chairs. The municipality monthly charges every chair and table. Is a huge source of revenues.

The last years the phenomenon of chairs and tables in public areas is strongly criticized. The benches are a few and most times are occupied by unemployed immigrants without the proper legal papers. Athenians and visitors are forced to pay  in order to rest.

At right is the west wall of Hadrian Library

Last decade works for the restore of Hadrian’s Library took place. The addition of new marble columns can be seeing easily.

3rd Sector  Monastiraki square Athens  Right Mitropoleos street.

3rd Sector  Monastiraki square Athens  Right Mitropoleos street.

3rd Sector  Monastiraki square Athens  In front Mitropoleos street.

3rd Sector 2nd Deviation Mitropoleos street Athens

Kebab lovers do not miss it. The restaurants are open from 10 AM the morning to 3 AM the night.

3rd Sector 2nd Deviation Mitropoleos street Athens   Many kebab  souvalki restaurants in this pedestrianized road. The oldest kebab restaurant are Bayarchtaris, Savas, Thanasis. Bayarctaris is the most famous and occupies the biggest space. Celebrities tent to eat there in order to seem more humble to public.

3rd Sector 2nd Deviation Mitropoleos street Athens.  

Kebab souvlaki restaurant  Fast service  Decent quality. Tourist restaurants tents to rip off foreign visitor but this is not the case here. Just blent with athenian customers and enjoy the food.

3rd Sector 2nd Deviation Mitropoleos street Athens.  

Kebab souvlaki restaurant  Fast service  Decent quality. Avoid deceiving and sweet touts who direct tourist elsewhere in order to take their commission.

3rd Sector 2nd Deviation Mitropoleos street Athens   Kebab souvlaki restaurant  Fast service  Decent quality.

3rd Sector 2nd Deviation Mitropoleos street Athens.

Of course you can leave traditional food and have your coffee after lunch in Starbucks.

3rd Sector 2nd Deviation Mitropoleos street Athens.

Firstly opened to Mitropoleos square but pressure from the nearby nearby older coffewhops and the greek church forced it to downwards. It’s a heaven for tourists. Good quality, decent prices, WiFi, safety.

3rd Sector 2nd Deviation Mitropoleos street Athens.

3rd Sector 2nd Deviation

In front mini market with touristic working hours. Shops in Athens have strict working hours except touristic ones. Touristic shops are profitable a few months ever so their working hours differ. They are open all days , saturdays and sunday nearly all the hours.

3rd Sector 2nd Deviation.

This mini market is a good choice for tight budget tourists. It is open from 9 o’ clock the morning until 11 o’ clock the night. Is a smart choice to eat spending as less as possible. The area have similar mini market that serve even locals when everything else is closed.

3rd Sector 2nd Deviation Mitropoleos street Athens.

3rd Sector 2nd Deviation Mitropoleos street Athens. In front kapnikarea church and Ermou street.

Back 3rd Sector  Pandrosou street Athens.

3rd Sector  Pandrosou street Athens

3rd Sector  Pandrosou street Athens.

Columbia sportswear store. It sell useful clothes and shoes for tourists who are not prepared properly.

3rd Sector  Monastiraki square Athens.

3rd Sector  Monastiraki square Athens   Left Monastiraki metro station  In front Ifestou street.

Monastiraki has all the seasons street vendors who sell fruits. Is a good solution for tourists who like a fast, healthy and cheap snack.

3rd Sector  Monastiraki square Athens  In front Ifestou street.

Ifestou street Athens.

This road lead to the Temple of Hephaestus - ( Ifestos in greek).

3rd Sector  Ifestou street Athens.

Nice shops with clothes and shoes. Not only for tourists but for athenians too. The prices are good. However be careful. Check carefully the quality, especially when there isn’t any price tag.

3rd Sector  Ifestou street Athens  Olympiakos football club store.

3rd Sector  Ifestou street Athens  Plenty of clothes stores.

3rd Sector  Ifestou street Athens  to the right Avissinias square.

3rd Sector  Ifestou street Athens  Right Avissinias square plenty of old item  the best flea market in Greece. In this place people from Avissinia (Ethiopia in English) were living, hence the name Avissinias square.

3rd Sector  Ifestou street Athens Avissinias square is also known by greeks as Yousouroum. Noe Yousouroum was a jewish second hand dealer that came in this area in 1863 from Izmir. He became popular and the area is still known by his name.

3rd Sector  Ifestou street Athens  Avissinias square plenty of old item  the best flea market in Greece.

3rd Sector  Ifestou street Athens.

3rd Sector  Ifestou street Athens  Right Agiou Fillippou street.

3rd Sector  Ifestou street Athens  Left Agiou Fillippou street.

3rd Sector  Agiou Fillipou street Athens.

3rd Sector  Agiou Fillipou street Athens  An area whare student of archeology are doing their excavation every year during summertime.

3rd Sector  Agiou Fillipou street Athens  In front Archea Agora.

3rd Sector 3rd Deviation Adrianou street Athens  Left Agios Filippos church. In this site there was a church since the early christian days. The first Agios fillipos church ( Saint Phillip church) was build in 9th century. It was heavily destroy by the ottoman Kioutachi Pasa (1826 – 1827).

Agios Phillipos Church Adrianou street Athens

The church in 1866 was rebuild but it lost its former appearance. The relics of the nearby demolished Panagia Vlassarous ( Mary of vlassarous) church where transferred in Agios Phillipos church.

Panagia Vlassarous church was inside archea agora. It was demolished in 1932 by the archeologist.

Excavations in archea agora. Inside the archea agora there was the Vlassarous district. At the begging of the 1930 it was demolished and archeological excavations began.

3rd Sector 3rd Deviation Adrianou street Athens. Right is stoa of Attalos. It was built by Attalos II, ruler of Pergamon from 159 BC to 138 BC. It was destroyed by the german tribe Heruli who also destroyed the Hadrian’s Library. The influence of germans in Athens is still strong.

3rd Sector 3rd Deviation Adrianou street Athens.

During the construction of the urban electric railway around 1891, the Altar of the Twelve Gods was discovered. The Altar suffered serious damages from the hasty railway works.

In 2011 the remnants of the Altar of the Twelve Gods were buried, in order to be protected from the railway renovation. Underneath the railway lines the temple has never been excavated. There are plans for the very deep transfer of  the railway below earth.

3rd Sector 3rd Deviation Adrianou street Athens  Plenty of coffee shops to drink your coffee or beverage with a wonderful view.

3rd Sector 3rd Deviation Adrianou street Athens  Left Nisou street.

3rd Sector 3rd Deviation Adrianou street Athens  small coffe shop with a view at the old Monastiraki urban railway station.

3rd Sector 3rd Deviation Adrianou street Athens  small coffe shop with a view at the old Monastiraki urban railway station.

3rd Sector 3rd Deviation Adrianou street Athens.

3rd Sector 3rd Deviation Adrianou street Athens  Right Hadrian Library .In front Monastiraki square.

3rd Sector 3rd Deviation Adrianou street Athens  In front Hadrian Library.

3rd Sector 3rd Deviation Adrianou street Athens  Nice vintage motorbike.

3rd Sector 3rd Deviation Adrianou street Athens  Nice vintage motorbike Sometimes the presence of motorbikes is not to bad.

3rd Sector 3rd Deviation Adrianou street Athens  Touris train  try to avoid them You can do the same trips in two to three hour and see and feel more than the noise and smell of trains tractor engine.

3rd Sector 3rd Deviation Adrianou street Athens  Touris train  try to avoid them You can do the same trips in two to three hour and see and feel more than the noise and smell of trains tractor engine.

Back 3rd Sector  Agiou Fillipou street Athens.

3rd Sector  Agiou Fillipou street Athens.

3rd Sector  Agiou Fillipou street Athens.

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