First Cemetery of Athens, Athens

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The First Cemetery of Athens (Greek: Πρώτο Νεκροταφείο Αθηνών, Próto Nekrotafeío Athinón) 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. It can be found at the top end of Anapafseos Street (Eternal Rest Street). It is a large green space with pines and cypresses.

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, designed by Ernst Ziller; Ioannis Pesmazoglou; Georgios Averoff; and one tomb with a famous sculpture of a dead young girl called I Koimomeni ("The Sleeping Girl") and sculpted by Yannoulis Chalepas from the island of Tinos. 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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  • We love visiting cemeteries but unfortunately, this was a huge disappointment. I wouldn't bother making a trip here. Not very interesting and seems like everything is quite new - quite a few mourners....  more »
  • It's a fairly long walk from the Temple of Zeus, especially in the August sun, but if you have seen the attractions in the vicinity of the Acropolis, then you could do worse than make a visit to the.....  more »
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  • A fantastic cemetery full of statues and graves of famous people. If you like photography you will love it. There are more than 12.000 graves and more than 700 sculptures. Highly recommended place to relax and imagine our final destination.
  • 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.

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