The construction work undertaken on the city's metro system during the 1990s brought an unprecedented number of ... More
Archaeological Exhibits at the Syntagma Metro Station
The construction work undertaken on the city's metro system during the 1990s brought an unprecedented number of archaeological finds to light. Some of these finds can be seen at the metro station on Syntagma Square (Σταθμός Συντάγματος). The exhibits include ancient grave stones, an aqueduct from the 5th century BC, pottery, a 2,000-year old beehive and a mosaic from the 5th century AD. Most interesting is the geological cross-section on display, with each layer of earth representing a different historical period. An example of this would be the grave containing a skeleton from the 4th century BC lying a few meters below a 16th-century cistern.
It was so cool going down flights of stairs and escalators finally reaching the platform and seeing a humongous cutaway on the wall where they had dug the tunnel for the subway behind plexiglass of gravesites and a drainage ditch then realizing just how far underground we just traveled. It was truly amazing to think how many cities had been built ontop of cities to where modern athens is now. I highly recommend seeing this on your trip it costs nothing and most of it is escalators so it doesnt even exert that much energy.
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