Kerameikos Cemetery of Ancient Athens

The official cemetery of ancient Athens from the 11th century until the 2nd century AD Includes part of the ruins of ancient city walls with the Sacred Gate and the Dipylon.      The most important part is the Street of Tombs, the right and left of which were the graves of rich Athenians. The area of Kerameikos was named because of the existence of many pottery workshops.

The walls of ancient Athens: The distinguished “lithologimata”, the three successive rows of stones dating back to classical times.

Ceramic Gates – Sacred Gate – Dipylon: The official entrance to the city. These gates divided the region into inner and outer Kerameikos, where there were the tombs. From the Sacred Gate began the Sacred Street leading to the Sanctuary of Demetra to Elefsina. From the Dipylon began the procession that went to the Acropolis during the Great Panathenaic festival. The Dipylon was the largest gate of the ancient world.

Outside the Dipylon began the grand street Kerameikos the “Road to Academia”,          39 meters wide and 1.5 km. Left at Kerameikos ancient street, is the “State Signal”       or “Polyandreion” which bury the ashes of Athenians who fell in war. Here, Pericles delivered his famous “Epitaph” speech to Honor the first dead of the Peloponnesian War.

In the inner Kerameikos, within the walls, there was the “Pompeion” building in preparation for the transmitters, which had three different phases of construction          (400 BC 2nd century AD., 4th century AD). At the entrance, rises an impressive     entrance and in front of him stretched a spacious square. Here, every four years      formed the Panathenaic procession.

Kerameikos Museum: Includes a wide variety of funerary vessels from the 11th century BC-2nd century AD.

148 Ermou Str,
Tel.: +30 210 3463552

Opening Hours
Mon-Sat 08-20 Sun 8.30-15
Free entrance for students


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