Pnyx Hill in Athens – Birthplace of Our Modern Democracy

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.

Pnyx Hill in Athens - Where Democracy Was Born
Pnyx Hill in Athens – Where Democracy Was Born

Yes, democracy was born here!

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When power was transferred to the people, they held assemblies here to discuss reforms.

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The hill is overlooking the ancient Agora, once a thriving center for business and commerce of ancient Athens.

Pnyx Hill in Athens - Where Democracy Was Born
Pnyx Hill in Athens – Where Democracy Was Born

The Parthenon or the Acropolis is very visible at a far distance. It’s only less than a mile.

Pnyx Hill in Athens - Where Democracy Was Born
Pnyx Hill in Athens – Where Democracy Was Born

Also, Philopappos Hill and Mt. Lycabettus are in plain sight from here.

Pnyx Hill in Athens - Where Democracy Was Born
Mt. Lycabettus in Athens (Greece)

Nowadays, nothing much can be seen here.

Pnyx Hill in Athens - Where Democracy Was Born
Philopappou Hill in Athens (Greece).

While strolling around, notice the carvings on the rocks. They show signs of the former residents in the area.

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Trees are sporadically growing everywhere giving shades to those with weary feet.

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The Acropolis from the Hill of Pnyx.

Also, stand on the flat rock platform (berna) and pretend to speak in front of the crowd.

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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.

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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.

Hotel in Athens With a View of the Acropolis
Mt. Lycabettus and the Acropolis

Hotel in Athens With a View of the Acropolis

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.comExpedia, 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.

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