Thesseion Historic Neighborhood
This page is dedicated to my mother, Catherine (Nitsa) Frantzeskakis, who, along with her father Haridemos (Prodromidis) Gertsos, mother Mathilda, sisters Chryssoula and the late Anna, settled here, in Thesseion, in 1936 having fled Constantinople in fear for their lives, to start a new life in Greece. They spent several years on Flamarionos Street until they moved to the neighborhood of Gargaretta, Makriyianni, at the foot of the Acropolis hill, where I was born...
Thesseion (also Thiseio, Thisio or Thissio) is the name of a historic neighborhood in the heart of Athens, NW of the Acropolis, 1.5 km SW of downtown, and 1 km SW of the Athens City Hall.
Thesseion also takes in the ancient Agora, the neighborhood of Petralona, and Kerameikos, which includes the Assomaton Square. The area has numerous cafes and meeting points, which are most crowded during summer, but not only, and is served by the nearby overground train station of the same name. Apostolou Pavlou pedestrian street connects Thesseion Train Station to the entrance of the Acropolis and is a pleasant pedestrian walkway lined with coffee-shops and eateries.
Both the Acropolis and the Agora archaeological site are clearly visible from Apostolou Pavlou street. Herakleidon street, running from Apostolou Pavlou toward the west leads to the Gazi area. Again Herakleidon is full of cafeterias and mezedopoleia (eateries offering drinks and some snack food to go with). Melina Merkouri Cultural Center is at the west end of the same street.
|Athens Night Segway Tour |
See the highlights of Athens by night on this evening Segway tour, led by an expert local guide! On your self-balancing electric Segway, explore buzzing neighborhoods like Plaka and Thesseion, and then head up the brightly lit Acropolis of Athens for panoramic nighttime views of the city. See classical ruins like the Ancient Agora of Athens and then head back into the city center to see more illuminated attractions such as the iconic Temple of Zeus. This small-group evening Segway tour is limited to 12 people, ensuring you’ll receive special attention from your guide.