Museum of Keramikos
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The museum of Keramikos is situated in the archaeological site of Keramikos. The entrance fee is both for the museum and the site.
At the site of Keramikos the visitor can see the walls of the ancient city of Athens and the main monumental gate to the town. The entrance to the city had at both sides two big towers that were used for protection against hostile armies. A small part of the Sacred road leading from the suburbs to the Sacred Rock of Acropolis can also be seen here. Next to the road there is the canal where the ancient river Iridanos flowed. Outside the city walls, on the site of Keramikos was the city's cemetery. The ancient Athenians had built a square at the edge of the cemetery. There, rituals and sport events were organized in honor of the dead.
The museum of Keramicos is a small place that holds the findings of the archaeological site. In the first room the visitor will see the tombstones that adorned the cemetery. The older ones belong to the Archaic period (9th -7th century B.C.) and the newest ones to the Roman period. In these grave stones the development of the sculptural style and the technique of the relief are obvious. The interior yard also contains sculptures and scriptures on stone from the cemetery.
The following rooms have vases, jewelry and other objects that were offered as kterismata (objects that supposedly accompanied the dead to his afterlife). The last room has artifacts that were discovered in a group tomb of men, women and children. It seems that in the 429-426 a malady infested Athens killing a substantial number of the population. The authorities gathered the bodies of the dead and buried them hastily in a group tomb so that the living would not be contaminated.
- Address: 148 Ermou, 10553 Athens
- Admission: Full: €8, Reduced: €4 Special ticket package: Full: €30, Reduced: €15. The price for the unified ticket will change to 30 Euros (reduced 15 Euros) and will have valid for 5 days. Valid for: Acropolis of Athens, Ancient Agora of Athens, Archaeological Museum of Kerameikos, Archaeological Site of Lykeion, Hadrian's Library, Kerameikos, Museum of the Ancient Agora, North slope of Acropolis, Olympieio, Roman Agora of Athens, South Slope of Acropolis Free admission days 6 March (in memory of Melina Mercouri) 18 April (International Monuments Day) 18 May (International Museums Day) The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days) 28 October Every first Sunday from November 1st to March 31st
- How to get there: Electric Railway (ISAP): Thiseion station. METRO: Monastiraki station, Bus no 049 from Omonia Square and Piraeus: Gazi station, Trolley bus no 21: Gazi station
- Schedule: Open Hours: 08.00 - 20.00 Holiday: 28th October: 08.00-18.30
- Phone: +(30)2103463552
- Internet Page: http://odysseus.culture.gr