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Kerameikos, the ancient Cemetery of Athens


Kerameikos, Athens, Greece

North-west of the Acropolis at the end of Ermou street is Kerameikos, the ancient cemetery of Athens. The cemetery has been used as a burial ground since the 12th century BC.

The area is a quite relaxing place, the main path through Kerameikos is the street of tombs, which still has most of the remaining graves and monuments dating back to the 4th century BC. Most of the statues and grave stellars that were excavated are now on show at the National Archeological museum and the Oberlander museum, but all have replaced in Kerameikos with plaster copies.

Some of the main sights in Kerameikos are; the Stella of Demetria and Pamphile, which is a sculpture of Pamphile with her sister Demetria behind her; The tomb of Dionysos of Kollytos is a sculpture of a huge bull and belonged to rich treasurer; Stele of Dexileos, this is a monument of a young man called Dexileos who was killed in the Corinthian war of 394BC. The relief shows him killing an enemy; Grave stele of Hegeso, this is a family burial plot and shows the wife of Koroibos of Melite, Hegeso.

Kerameikos, Athens, Greece

The Oberlander Museum


The oberlander museum exhibits most of the finds from the Kerameikos such as a marble sphinx, ostraka (voting tablets), and even exhibits from childs graves like toy horses and dolls. The museum opened in 1961 and is named after Gustav Oberlander a German-American industrialist who funded the excavation of Kerameikos during the 1930's.


Information on Kerameikos the ancient Cemetery of Athens


Kerameikos, Athens, Greece

Location: Ermou street, just down from Thiseio Metro station.

Nearest Metro Station: Thiseio

Entrance fee: 2 euros, but this and other sites are free if you buy the entrance ticket to the Acropolis and is valid for 7 days.

Opening hours: (summer) Tue - Sun 08:00 - 19:00. Monday - 11:00 - 19:00. (Winter) Tue - Sun 08:30 - 14:30. Monday - 11:00 -14:30. Closed on all public holidays.

Tips: Kerameikos can easily be missed as it is just slightly out of the way of many of the other sites, even though it is only a 5 minute walk from the Ancient Agora.