Archaeological sites, Monuments and Museums
Greece used to be called 'the birthplace of Western civilization' and there’s no better advice for international students than to visit its archaeological sites, museums and monuments. About 2500 years ago, the Greeks created an admirable civilization. Even more, they tried out democracy, started the Olympic Games and left new ideas in science, art and philosophy. Thus, there’s enough to explore to keep international students and visitors busy for a long time and make them come back again and again as tourists after they graduate.
Archaeological sites and museums in Greece typically follow winter hours from November 1 to March 31, and summer hours from April 1 to October 31.
Here are some of the most important monuments, archaeological sites and museums spread all over Greece:
- Acropolis and Acropolis Museum (UNESCO website)
- Ancient Agora
- Benaki Museum
- Byzantine and Christian Museum
- National Archaeological Museum
- Sounion Temple
Other places in Greece
- Ancient Olympia Archaeological Site and Museum (UNESCO website)
- Corfu Old Town (UNESCO website)
- Crete Knossos Archaeological Site
- Crete Phaistos Archaeological Site
- Delos (UNESCO website)
- Delphi Archaeological Site (UNESCO website)
- Epidaurus Archaeological Site (UNESCO website)
- Meteora (UNESCO website)
- Mycenae Archaeological Site (UNESCO website)
- Mystras Archaeological Site (UNESCO website)
- Patmos Monastery of Saint-John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse (UNESCO website)
- Rhodes Medieval City (UNESCO website)
- Samos Heraion (UNESCO website)
- Samos Pythagoreion (UNESCO website)
- Vergina Archaeological Site (Aigai) (UNESCO website)
Free Admission Days
Free admission or ‘open door’ days occur on the dates below, some Sundays and national holidays.
March 6: Melina Merkouri, actress and former culture minister. Date of her passing.
April 18: International Monuments Day
May 18: International Museums Day
May 19: European Night of Museums. Date changes annually, usually a mid-May Saturday evening (selected locations only).
June 5: World Environment Day
September: European Heritage Days, last weekend in September.
September 27: International Tourism Day
Sundays: All Sundays from November 1 to March 31; and first Sunday of every month except July, August and September.
* If the first Sunday during this period is a national holiday (already free) or legal holiday (closed), then admission is free on the second Sunday of the month.
Anyone can find more information at the website of the Ministry of Culture and Sports.