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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Richard Hoggard (10 months 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.
Kat C. (12 months ago)
Beautiful and interesting to visit. A historic, quiet place, its good to go for a walk and see the unique tombstones. As it is still actively visit this place with respect.
Athanasia Kokkinogeni (13 months ago)
A stroll around the cemetery is a true memoire to the important Greek figures that shaped Greek history, politics, and culture. The most beautiful cemetery in Athens where you will walk by the graves of Archbishops, Presidents, Ministers, important people of the art, theatre, and cinema. It is worth a visit!
Laura (18 months ago)
Wonderful place with a really special "mood" and energy. A place to calm down, walk and meditate.
Panagiotis Boulougouras (2 years ago)
Built in 1837, the First Cemetery of Athens is the final resting place of revolutionary heroes, actors, poets, politicians, and important figures of society and the church. The cemetery is open to the public and a spectacular place for visitors to admire sculpture. At night, however, the place takes on a creepier vibe. Many report encounters with the resident ghost of Nikolas Batsaris who is oblivious to human presence and seen sitting by a wreath. Surely one of the places you should visit when you come to Athens for the first time.
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