Pnyx Hill in Athens is not your ordinary hill. It may just be another hill in the city but this was once where citizens congregate to talk about and vote on issues that mattered to them.
Yes, democracy was born here!
When power was transferred to the people, they held assemblies here to discuss reforms.
The hill is overlooking the ancient Agora, once a thriving center for business and commerce of ancient Athens.
The Parthenon or the Acropolis is very visible at a far distance. It’s only less than a mile.
Nowadays, nothing much can be seen here.
While strolling around, notice the carvings on the rocks. They show signs of the former residents in the area.
Trees are sporadically growing everywhere giving shades to those with weary feet.
Also, stand on the flat rock platform (berna) and pretend to speak in front of the crowd.
You are standing on the same “podium” where ancient politicians stood to deliver their oratorical speeches. Think of Demosthenes, Aristides, Themistocles, and Pericles addressed assemblies on the very same spot.
It is here at Pynx Hill where both sides of the debate were voiced and heard. Indeed, the world’s first democratic assembly came into existence from this hill.
If you want to stay in the heart of ancient Athens with a fantastic view of the Acropolis and the Parthenon from your room window, then, A for Athens Hotel in Monastiraki is your best bet. You can book it via Booking.com, Expedia, and TripAdvisor. The hotel also has a rooftop bar and restaurant with a breathtaking view of the ancient sites nearby. Remember that Monastiraki area is where you can walk to all the ancient sights you want to see in Athens.
If you’re a budget traveler, there are a couple of hostels in this area, too. Try City Circus Athens Hostel and Bedbox – both are nice hostels to stay in. You can book either of them via HostelWorld and Booking.com.