Prison of Socrates

Prison of Socrates, Athens

Prison of Socrates
3.5
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The area
Neighbourhood: Thissio / Makriyanni
Named after the well-preserved Thission (ancient temple of Hephaestus), Thissio is blessed with a small wooded park and some less frenetic streets that offer numerous quieter places to stay and eat. Largely pedestrianised Apostolou Pavlou Street runs between the Acropolis and forested Filopappou Hill, well worth climbing for more great panoramas, until it merges with Dionysiou Areopagitou Street. This leads to the up-and-coming area of Makriyanni, whose centrepiece is the magnificent new Acropolis Museum. Opposite the museum is the entrance to the southern slopes of the Acropolis, while the eponymous metro station nearby is at the top of Makriyanni Street, another strip of touristic cafés and restaurants.
How to get there
  • Neos Kosmos • 8 min walk
  • Syngrou Fix • 9 min walk
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Barrow Upon Soar, UK164 contributions
Interesting
Oct 2020 • Family
We were exploring Philopappos hill, so had a look. 3 padlocked caves that Socrates may have stayed in. If was interesting, but probably not worth a special trip.
Written 28 October 2020
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TravelinSuz
Chandler, AZ901 contributions
Wow
May 2019
I can’t believe that I stood in the cell that Socrates likely did. Now I can say, “they gave Socrates hemlock and they gave me you,” takes on a whole new dimension.
Written 30 April 2020
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TomFarhias
Kongsberg, Norway507 contributions
Believe it or not, just go with the flow
Feb 2020 • Family
On our way down from the top of the hill we checked the Prison of Socrates. There is not real evidence that Socrates was imprisoned here but it is always great to somehow believe and be part of history. Just imagining that one of the great man of our history could have been here makes it worth to go. Not much to see, you really need to use your imagination.
Written 23 February 2020
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jordanellie41
Bolton, UK834 contributions
VISIT DEPENDING ON YOUR VIEWS
Sep 2019
This is the alleged prison where Socrates was held and if it is true you should visit. However, many believe this not to be the case and therefore what you see is a cave with three entrances that all have padlocked gates to their front so you cannot go in. Only you can decide if it's worth your while.
Written 1 January 2020
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oCPJD00
Frankfurt, Germany811 contributions
a cave
Sep 2019
not much to see, however worth spending 1 minute to look at on the way up to Philippapos hill. If it is really the place where Socrate was held prisoner...
Written 3 November 2019
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Danno
Windsor, Canada6 contributions
Don't bother
Sep 2019
Not the real thing.. just a bit of a gimmick. Work making the hike up to Philapappou hill, but don't bother looking for this.
Written 29 September 2019
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Cymro
Coimbra, Portugal3,227 contributions
Maybe It Was. Maybe It Wasn't
Aug 2019
It is not known whether this was the actual prison of Socrates, or if it is just called that because of local legend. The official plaque outside makes no reference to it being his actual prison. I think it is safe to say that it wasn't. Nonetheless it does date to the Glorious Age of Athens and is thought to have been a dwelling. It is located at the base of the Hill of Muses (Philopappos Hill) and can easily be visited after the Acropolis as it is a short distance away.
Written 22 September 2019
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Olga S
Moscow, Russia20 contributions
Hidden in a park
Sep 2018
nice to bump into it just walking in the park. The park itself is very nice and picturesque, with a view from the top of the hill.
Written 17 August 2019
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Anita
Scunthorpe, UK1,193 contributions
Didn't go IT ISN'T SOCRSTES PRISON
Aug 2019 • Solo
This is a tourist trap only...don't waste your time, go to genuine sites. No idea why it is listed as though it is a real ancient site.
Written 6 August 2019
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JameAndDare
Woodstock, Canada3,891 contributions
Worth a visit if you are going up Philopappos Hill
May 2019 • Couples
We were not overly impressed with the Prison of Socrates, however it is worth it to stop and have a look if you are on your way up Philopappos Hill. Or rather on your way back down, as we did.
The prison is simply bars across some alcoves on the side of a hill. It's rumored that Socrates was imprisoned here, but most do not believe that to be true. Regardless of if he was kept here or not, its interesting to wonder what else these little prisons would have been used for. It's obviously a part of history, and is free to see as well.
Written 6 July 2019
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