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What are the best parks in Athens?

Athens parks and squares don’t just beautify the city – they’re often sites of historical and societal importance. From the ancient significance of Areopagus Hill to the modern community function of Stavros Niarchos Park, the parks and public spaces of Athens mark the major turning points of an ancient culture. Importantly, Athens’ parks offer a welcoming refuge and striking contrast from an otherwise sparsely vegetated city that is prone to extreme heat. They provide the air that breathes life into a city that has endured immense upheaval and significant attack in the pursuit of modern democracy.

National Gardens Athens

Open to the public from sunrise to sunset, the National Gardens of Athens feature 15ha of tropical gardens right in the heart of the city. In addition to open green spaces and trees and flowers that have been collected from all over the world, the gardens also boast ancient monuments and even a zoo.
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Stavros Niarchos Park

Stavros Niarchos Park is a 210,000m2 purpose-built green space designed to breathe life into the city of Athens, while also providing a venue for arts and culture. The park features lush green landscaping and open spaces, plants, fountains, and playgrounds. Completed in 2016, the precinct also accommodates the National Library of Greece and the National Opera.
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Syntagma Square

As the epicentre of modern Athens, Syntagma Square is a place of special social and historical significance to Greek residents. Situated in front of the Old Royal Palace, this is the site where soldiers gathered in 1843 to demand former King Otto of Greece grant the first constitution. Now Syntagma, or “constitution” square, also features a fountain and shady trees.
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Hill of Pnyx

The small rocky outcrop surrounded by parkland that comprises the Hill of Pnyx is the site where all the great struggles of Athens and the Golden Age were fought. Here Athenians have gathered for centuries to host popular assemblies and play out the workings of democracy. In proximity to the Parthenon and looking down on Ancient Agora, this is a symbolic green refuge against the white backdrop of Athens.
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Areopagus Hill

Areopagus Hill is a site of immense cultural significance situated adjacent to the Acropolis. Prior to 5BC, Areopagus Hill functioned like a senate for the city's elders to pass legislation. In classical times, it served a judicial purpose for the trying of homicide. It's also believed to be the place that Apostle Paul delivered his famous speech about the identity of an “unknown God”.
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