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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Hermann Rorschach (15 months ago)
Beautiful, peaceful and well-kept cemetery.
Nic (16 months ago)
A unique & very Athenian cemetery! Many beautiful & extremely elaborate headstones! Worth a visit if you’re in the area.
Robert Cooke (17 months ago)
This is an interesting place. It is pretty close to where I stayed so I visited it as I went to the Panathetic stadium. I was surprised by how ornate so many of the graves were. This is clearly the final resting place for upper middle class and rich people. It is quiet, tranquil and an cool place to visit. It is worth checking out if you have a chance.
pts pts (2 years ago)
How is this not on the Must-See list if Athens? The monuments are simply fantastic. No rush and bustle here. You can take in the beauty to the sound of wind through trees and birds singing
Urbis Vivendi (2 years ago)
This place should be one of the places that you visit when you visit Athens. It is a sad but a beautiful place reflecting the respect for the ones that are buried here and also the history of Greece, it’s myths and mysteries. Outstanding sculptures, architecture. While I did not understand all, I believe that there are important figures buried there. (If not it feels like that) The path is hilly but easy to walk... also, it has great views of Athens, accompanied with trees that are old and sublime.
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