A quintessential Athenian attraction, the old town neighborhood of Monastiraki draws visitors by offering a blend of history and shopping. The atmospheric neighborhood is crisscrossed by a network of narrow backstreets, lined by open-air stands and cramped shops offering bargains on everything from vintage shoes and new furniture, to rare books and handmade instruments. Named after its main square, the compact neighborhood represents the Ottoman and Byzantine influences on the city by serving as a home to both an Islamic mosque and Christian church. Avoid the worst of the crowds by exploring the neighborhood early in the morning. Work out when and for how long to visit Monastiraki and other Athens attractions using our handy Athens journey planner.
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Full of pigeons and a bit grimy. If you are in to flea markets you might like it. The whole area is full of homeless people, beggars and pickpockets. more »
Most visitors to Athens, especially first-timers, may not have heard of Monastiraki. The Parthenon atop the Acropolis is iconic and everyone’s primary reference when it comes to Athens. Perhaps they.... more »
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