The Orientalist's Walk


Wealthy Europeans of the 18th and early 19th centuries made a cultural pilgrimage to France and Italy in search of art, architecture, culture and the roots of Western civilization. Greece, still under Ottoman rule, was the destination of the more adventurous and daring. Follow the itinerary of these adventurers to unveil the little known Oriental history of Athens.


Walk in a nutshell

This is a meandering walk that besides getting you to some major sites it will lead you though the city’s lesser-seen historic side streets offering a different perspective of Athens. Tour takes in splendid ruins of classical antiquity, Byzantine churches, stately Ottoman mansions, mosques and synagogues and an atmospheric Turkish bath house. This walk will also lead you through the city’s Jewish history and heritage.



Walk duration: 3 hours (approx)
Meeting point: Metro station "Acropolis" exit Areopagitou (exact location here). 



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"Maid of Athens! I am gone. Think of me, sweet! when alone. Though I fly to Istambol, Athens holds my heart and soul"  -Lord Byron, Maid of Athens.

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