First Cemetery of Athens

Athens, Greece

The First Cemetery of Athens is the official cemetery of the City of Athens and the first to be built. It opened in 1837 and soon became a prestigious cemetery for Greeks and foreigners. The cemetery is located behind the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Panathinaiko Stadium in central Athens.

In the cemetery there are three churches. The main one is the Church of Saint Theodores and there is also a smaller one dedicated to Saint Lazarus. The third church of Saint Charles is a Catholic church. The cemetery includes several impressive tombs such as those of Heinrich Schliemann, Ioannis Pesmazoglou and one tomb with a famous sculpture of a dead young girl called I Koimomeni ('The Sleeping Girl'). There are also burial areas for Protestants and Jews, however, this segregation is not compulsory. The cemetery is under the Municipality of Athens and is declared an historical monument.



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Iolis 13, Athens, Greece
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Founded: 1837
Category: Cemeteries, mausoleums and burial places in Greece

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herm dig (11 months ago)
Leave the madness of the 8 lane highway outside the gate and step into an oasis of calm and peace. The traffic is still audible in the background but once inside you are lost in a vast marble sculpture park of funerary monuments with cypress trees towering overhead providing welcome shade. It is always sobering to walk in these places but here it is genuinely uplifting to see the wonderful architecture of all types that has been erected to venerate long gone ancestors. From the enormous entrance canopy, past the pastel-coloured chapel, along the orange-tree lined concourse surrounded by the most extravagant monuments, and into the long avenues of more simple graves, this place rivals the Acropolis as the most astonishing attraction of Athens. A delightful and refreshing way to spend a couple of hours of your holiday.
George Sato (14 months ago)
End of the line, folks! But some cemeteries here have an amazing architecture.
E.B. SZ. (B.B.) (2 years ago)
A memorable experience, a peaceful place! Worth to visit tho, I highly recommend some sort of appropiate clothing!
Honor Barber (2 years ago)
beautiful place but make sure to wear insect repellent if going in the evening - there were lots of bugs on both my visits
Richard Hoggard (3 years ago)
The main cemetery of the city of Athens. It's one of the two cemeteries of the municipality and it's the cemetery where most famous and important people of Greece are buried.
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