Hellas (Greece); etymology: relating to ήλιος, hḗlios=
"sun, bright, shiny","land of light"

Tuesday 16 August 2022 | Athens Time :

MARATHON & RHAMNOUS

 [Duration : appr. 5 hrs] Request Form

Marathon Dam

(MARATHON LAKE, THE TOMB OF MARATHON, THE MUSEUM, TEMPLE OF NEMESIS).

 

Marathon Tour Details

Starting this tour we move towards the northern luxurious suburbs of Athens like Psihiko, Kifisia, Ekali, St. Stefanos driving through the green surroundings of Pendelikon Mountain until we reach the Marathon Lake (water from a drainage basin of 118 square kilometres with an average runoff of 14,400,000 m³ per year) at Marathon area. This is a lake formed by the Marathon Dam- height 54 m, width 28 m at the base and 4.5 m at the crest, length 285 m. It is constructed from concrete which is unique worldwide because its external cladding of white Pendelikon marble is the same marble used in construction of the Parthenon and the other buildings in the Acropolis. We will make a short stop there to take some photos of the lake being the main water source of Athens.
Approaching the Marathon plain we come across the Tymvos (Tomb) of Marathon –the burial ground of Athenian and Plataians solders who fell in the battle against the Persians (10.000 against 500.000 soldiers) in August 490 B.C. The outcome of the battle, which was victory for the Athenians, was announced to the city of Athens by a soldier named Pheidippides who run the distance from the Marathon Plain to Athens fully armed and died of exhaustion after announcing “Nenikikamen” (we have won). The worldwide known Marathon Race was established in honor of this event. Greek runner Spyros Louis won the Marathon Race at the first Olympic Games in Athens in 1896. Afterwards, we visit the Marathon Museum composed of five rooms with findings dated from Neolithic till after Roman period including the Trophy room.
We complete our tour visiting the area of Rhamnous which was an important frontier of equal reputation with the one of Cape Sounion constructed during the Peloponnesian War to control the ships bringing cereals to the city of Athens. There we can see the remaining of the Temple of Nemesis a Goddess similar to Artemis (Diana).

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Acropolis Hill - Ancient Agora

  • Opening Hours - Winter : From November 1 to March 31 08:30am until 15:00pm
  • Opening Hours - Summer : From April 1 to October 31 08:00am until 19:30pm
  • Tickets : Full: 12€, Reduced: 6€
  • Valid for : Acropolis of Athens, Ancient Agora of Athens, Archaeological Museum of Kerameikos, Hadrian's Library, Kerameikos, Museum of the Ancient Agora, North slope of Acropolis, Olympieio, Roman Agora of Athens, South Slope of Acropolis

Archaeological Sites Season Periods & General Opening Hours

  • Winter Season : From November 1 to March 31- Opening Hours : 08:30 until 15:00
  • Summer Season : From April 1 to October 31- Opening Hours : 08:00 until 19:30

Temple of Poseidon

  • Opening Hours : Monday - Sunday: 10:00am until sunset (Last admission: 19:30pm)
  • Tickets : Full: 4€

Free Admission Days

  • 6 March (in memory of Melina Mercouri)
  • 18 April (International Monuments Day)
  • 18 May (International Museums Day)
  • 5 June (International Enviroment Day)
  • 27 September (International Tourism Day)
  • 28 October
  • The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
  • Sundays from November 1st to March 31st
  • The first Sunday of every month except July, August & September

Holidays

  • 1 January : closed
  • 6 January : 08.00 - 15.00
  • Shrove Monday : 08.00 - 15.00
  • 25 March : closed
  • Good Friday : closed until 12:00
  • Holy Saturday : 08.00 - 15.00
  • Easter Sunday : closed
  • Easter Monday : 08.00 - 15.00
  • 1 May : closed
  • Holy Spirit Day : 08.00 - 20.00
  • 15 August : 08:30 - 15:00
  • 28 October : 08.00 - 15.00
  • 25 December : closed
  • 26 December : closed

Reduced Admission For :

  • Citizens of the E.U. over 65 yrs
  • Students from countries outside E.U.

Ancient Corinth

  • Tickets : Full: 6€, Reduced: 3€
  • Valid for : Both the Museum & the Archaeological Site.

Free Admission For :

  • Cultural card holders
  • Journalists
  • Members of the ICOM-ICOMOS
  • Persons accompanying blind & disabled
  • Persons possessing a free admission card
  • Tourist guides
  • University students & students at Technological Educational Institutes or equivalent schools of E.U. & students at Schools of Tourist Guides
  • Young people under 18 yrs old
  • Soldiers carrying out military service

Eleusis Museum

  • Opening Hours : Tuesday - Sunday: 08.00 - 15.00 Closed on Monday.
  • Tickets : Full: 3€, Reduced: 2€
    The ticket is valid also for the Sanctuary of Aphrodite at Skaramagas.
  • Valid for : Archaeological Museum of Eleusis, Archaeological site of Eleusis.

Marathon Museum & Battle Site

  • Opening Hours : Tuesday - Sunday: 08.00am - 15.00pm
  • Tickets : Full: 3€, Reduced: 2€
  • Valid for : Archaeological Museum of Marathon, Tomb at Marathon

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