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Monastiraki, Athens

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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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  • The feeling you have in Monastiraki Square is that it is the tourist center of Athens, from where all the streets bustling by commerce, bars and restaurants depart. At night, it dominates the territory even more, involving and charming tourists and Athenians.
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  • On visits I saw thefts every time I visited this place. If the theives wish totarget you they are VERY experienced. Magicians! This time my passport was stolen! It ruined my visit. Blatantly I caught ...  more »
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