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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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  • We passed through this square several times as it is a center of activity. There is a big Metro station here and it is the place where major streets come together. Lots of restaurants nearby as it... 
    We passed through this square several times as it is a center of activity. There is a big Metro station here and it is the place where major streets come together. Lots of restaurants nearby as it...  more »
  • It is a must see square in athens packed with people and tourists. Many shops and restaurants in the allyes and streets emerging from the square. BE CAUTIOUS of the pickpocketing and we spot young... 
    It is a must see square in athens packed with people and tourists. Many shops and restaurants in the allyes and streets emerging from the square. BE CAUTIOUS of the pickpocketing and we spot young...  more »

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