Philopappos Monument

Athens, Greece

The Philopappos Monument is an ancient Greek mausoleum and monument dedicated to Gaius Julius Antiochus Epiphanes Philopappos or Philopappus, (65–116 AD), a prince from the Kingdom of Commagene. It is located on Mouseion Hill in Athens, southwest of the Acropolis.

The monument was built on the same site where Musaios or Musaeus, a 6th-century BC priestly poet and mystical seer, was held to have been buried. The location of this tomb, opposite the Acropolis and within formal boundaries of the city, shows the high position Philopappos had within Athenian society

Philopappos’ monument is a two-storey structure, supported by a base. On the lower level there is a frieze representing Philopappos as a consul, riding on a chariot and led by lictors. The upper level shows statues of three men: of Antiochus IV on the left, of Philopappos in the centre and of Seleucus I Nicator, now lost, on the right.

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Mouson 19, Athens, Greece
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Founded: c. 116 AD
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Greece

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4.6/5 (based on Google user reviews)

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Elliott Morgan (6 months ago)
If you want a nice breathtaking view of Athens. This is definitely the place to go. I went there to watch the sunset and it is highly recommended.
Kevin Septian (7 months ago)
There two hills in this city. It is the one that i prefer. It is lower then the other one, however, it is closer to the acropolis and you can take a 360 view here. Amazing. The other hill does not have this 360 view, but they have a restaurant. This place is also easier to reach. I believe that this place is a good spot to see the sunset or sunrise. I wish i had the time to watch it :(
Jana He (7 months ago)
Had a good walk in the park, provided very good views to the Acropolis. However, I read later that this might be a hot spot for robberies because it is quite isolated within the park and I didn't see many people at about 1pm on a Wednesday end of March (not tourist season yet). So, better be safe than sorry and be careful.
Yogesh Gandhi (8 months ago)
After you have seen the Acropolis of Athens, take one of the cobbled walk ways that lead into this hill. It is a small but really picturesque trek. I will recommend to go up here later in the evening to catch some of the most breath taking views. You can see the Acropolis on end and then the setting sun and the see to the west. The little hillocks are pretty and make for a wonderful walk. Definite must do.
Phillip Whitehair (8 months ago)
You should definitely visit the Monument of Philopappos. The views are breathtaking, awesome, and provides stunning pictures. The small hike to the top will provide the feeling of leaving the city, getting into nature, and much needed relaxation. Getting to the monument is easy and peaceful. The hike will take you through trees, brush, and provide a break from the city. The monument itself is stunning, especially knowing the age of the monument. I enjoyed my time so much, I visited the Monument of Philopappos two times. During both of my visits, there weren’t many visitors. The first time, I felt like I was the only person up there. I highly suggest visiting this monument. Bring some water, beers, snacks, and enjoy 2 - 3 hours out of the city.
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