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Homes in Thiseio
Location within Athens municipality
Location within Athens municipality
Coordinates: 37°58′32″N 23°43′00″E / 37.97556°N 23.71667°E / 37.97556; 23.71667Coordinates: 37°58′32″N 23°43′00″E / 37.97556°N 23.71667°E / 37.97556; 23.71667
Postal code
118 51
Area code(s)210
The Temple of Hephaestus; this monument was mistakenly thought to be the Temple of Theseus after which the neighborhood was named
Statue of Theseus just outside the Thissio Metro Station
The Entry of King Otto in Athens, Peter von Hess, 1839
A Line 1 Metro train (Green Line) passes by the Stoa of Attalos, adjacent to the Ancient Agora, Thiseio
The Roman-era Philopappos Monument
View of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus(2012). Open-air ancient theatre
The National Observatory atop the Hill of Nymphon in Thiseio

Thiseio or Thissio (Greek: Θησείο, pronounced [θiˈsio]) is the name of a traditional neighbourhood in downtown Athens, Greece, northwest of the Acropolis, 1.5 km southwest of downtown. Long ago, the name was derived from the Temple of Hephaestus which was mistakenly known as Thiseion in reference to Theseus, the mythical king of Athens, which gave rise to the neighbourhood being named Thiseio.

The area has many cafés and cultural meeting points.[1][2][3] Thiseio is served by the nearby Thiseio metro station.

Residential streets[edit]

Here is a list of residential streets in the Thiseio area:

Archaeological center[edit]

Thiseio is surrounded by hills, heights and historical sites which are within a walking distance. The Ancient Agora of Athens, Stoa of Attalos, the Temple of Hephaestus and Kerameikos Archaeological Museum can be entered from Thiseio; all others: the National Observatory of Athens, Acropolis of Athens, Philopappos Monument, Mouseion Hill, Pnyx, which is considered the birthplace of Democracy and the Mount Lycabettus can be easily reached or viewed from Thiseio. The panoramic views of them and their natural surroundings from the Areopagus height are spectacular, especially by night.

Historical landmarks[edit]

The historical churches of Agia Marina,[5] the church of Agii Assomati,[6] the church of Agios Athanasios Kourkouris[7][8] and many others are situated in Thiseio.[9] Beautifully restored neoclassical homes and many architectural landmarks make Thiseio a cultural, picturesque, distinguished and peaceful neighbourhood.[10] Due to Thiseio’s position, adjacently to other traditional neighbourhoods, pedestrian-only streets join them. Therefore, Athenians go off for a leisurely walk around Thissio and enjoy cultural events and promenades along narrow serpentine-like paths which twist their way through historical sites.

Apostolou Pavlou is a pedestrianized street which meets Dionysiou Areopagitou Street to form the main pedestrian zone around the archaeological site of Agora from Thiseio to the Acropolis. There are numerous small and friendly boutique shops, restaurants, cafés where people readily are welcomed and invited to socialize at leisure; all set in a quiet enclave.

As one of the many entertainment centers of the city of Athens, Thiseio is rich in history and culture. It has Museums, Art Galleries, a Synagogue, exhibition centers[11] and open-air theatres[12] from which an amazing view of the lush surroundings can be enjoyed.

Thiseio is located in Athens
Location of Thiseio in central Athens


  • Vasilis Avlonitis (1904-1970), actor
  • Charalabos (Babis) Drossos (1927 - 2015), Premier League soccer player
  • Ms Demetra Kalli, historical researcher


  1. ^ English text and photos of old Athens and Thissio
  2. ^ View photos from five walking routes and Athens by night
  3. ^ "Thiseio Photo Guide".
  4. ^ Click on the photo ‘Ayios Athanasios von Kourkouris’. The church is located at 2 Eptachalkou Street
  5. ^ Choose ‘Athens-Observatory and Agia Marina church’ from the list. The church of Agia Marina is located very near the National Observatory of Athens
  6. ^ Agii Assomati church of 11th century
  7. ^ Agios Athanasios Kourkouris, old church on a rock
  8. ^ Two churches, the new and the old
  9. ^ Informative text in Greek
  10. ^ The sign outside the Thissio Metro station
  11. ^ Melina Mercouri Cultural Center, at the road junction of Irakleidon and Poulopoulou Street
  12. ^ Cine-thission-open-air-cinema

External links[edit]

View of the Parthenon