"Lysicrates Monument": A Glimpse into Athens' Rich History and Cultural Heritage

The Lysicrates Monument

Situated near the Dionysos Theatre in the vibrant streets of Plaka, the Lysicrates Monument stands as an iconic testament to ancient Athens.

Built-in 344 BC by Lysicrates, a wealthy Athenian sponsor of theatrical performances, the monument was a celebration of his award-winning production at the Dionysos Theatre. Over the centuries, it transformed into a Capuchin monastery and library and even witnessed the first tomato plant in Greece.

Standing at 6.5 meters with a diameter of approximately 3 meters, the monument features six Corinthian columns, making it the first building to showcase external Corinthian columns. Adorned with decorative friezes and sculptures, the Lysicrates Monument has weathered time and restoration efforts, inviting visitors to explore its historical significance.

In 1982-1985, excavations around Lysicrates Square uncovered the foundations of other choregic monuments and Byzantine tombs, adding layers to the site's historical richness. As evening falls, the monument lights up, creating a captivating atmosphere. Surrounded by cafes and restaurants, Lysicrates Square offers a delightful setting to appreciate Athens' cultural legacy."

Map of the Lysicrates Monument

Below, you will find a map that shows the location of the Lysicrates Monument in Athens. Click on the map image below to load the Google map.

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