Snapshots of 19th century Athens

Snapshots of 19th century Athens


  • Self-guided audio tour
    Follow the story at your own pace
  • English, Ελληνικά
    For both audio and stories included
Snapshots of 19th century Athens


  • 32 stories
  • 2.65km distance
  • 10 stops

The Greek Capital during the 19th century became an attraction pole for travelers and sightseers around the globe owing to its influential ancient past. Through the spectrum of photography, this tour guides us through the most prominent monuments of Ancient Athens, transferring us to the core of the everyday life of 19th century Athens.

Waltz in Athens as depicted through 19th-century photographs with a self-guided audio tour on your phone designed by an accredited expert. Listen to fascinating stories, based on an award-winning storytelling concept, and gain great insights not only about everyday life Athens through the most original stories, but also learn more about the most important photographers at the time. Start your tour from Hadrian’s Library and then continue to meet the Horologion of Kyrrhestes before moving forward to visit the Temple of Hephaestus among other temples. Learn more about the introduction of beer in Greece and the peculiar way the Athenian Palace location was chosen.

This is an unmissable opportunity to experience at your own pace the landmarks of 19th century Athens with a captivating audio tour on your phone.

* * Ticket/entrance fee to any archaeological site is not included.

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An ark of knowledge

Hadrian designed a library to restore Athens to its traditional magnificence in the second century. The central building had an enclosed inner courtyard and served as a library and cultural centre. Two rooms contained thousands of rolls of papyrus “books”, while lecture and teaching halls (amphitheatres) occupied the library’s northern and southern quarters. The building had a single entrance with a gateway of Corinthian order consisting of four columns. There were seven more on each of the longer sides with statues of winged Victories (Nike). The Heruli destroyed the library in 267. A Christian church was built at the site a few centuries later. The church's construction resulted in the preservation of much building material from the older library. The area was an administrative, cultural, and commercial centre, while a market operated here during the Ottoman period. After Greek independence, the structures in the library served as barracks, while a major fire that erupted on the library’s east side in 1884 provided the opportunity for archaeological excavations.

Museum of Photography "Christos Kalemkeris"

The Museum has one of the largest in value and content photographic archives and aims to disseminate the art and technique of photography.

Inclusions and Exclusions


  • Self-guided audio tour in English and Greek on your smartphone (Android & iOS)
  • An activation link to access your audio tour
  • Offline content (text, audio narration and maps) to avoid roaming charges


  • Entrance fee to the any Archaeological site and/or monument
  • Live Guide
  • Smartphone or headphones
  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation
  • App not compatible with Windows phones
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Mandatory items

Charged smartphone, headphones, comfortable shoes, hat & sunscreen
  • Charged smartphone
  • Headphones

The location


Κ, Areos 3, Τ, Athina 105 55

Starting point

There is no meeting point. The self-guided audio tour is designed to start at Hadrian’s Library (Κ, Areos 3, Τ, Athina 105 55). The easiest way to get there is by reaching the metro station Monastiraki and walking 50 meters to the right. The tour ends at the Temple of Olympian Zeus (Athens 105 57) 290 meters away from the Acropoli metro station.

Directions to starting point

The easiest way to get there is by reaching the metro station Monastiraki and walking 50 meters to the right.

Important information

Know before you go

  • Mobile signal may be weak at the site(s). Download your audio tour on your smartphone prior to your visit to fully enjoy it.
  • After booking, you will receive an email with further instructions on how to access and download your audio tour. Please check your email spam folder as well
  • Ensure that your smartphone is fully charged & that you bring your earphone
  • Please wear sunscreen and a hat during the hot summer months and comfortable shoes
  • Visitors are advised to wear comfortable shoes 

Download the app

To take this self-guided tour, you will need to download the Clio Muse Tours app on your iOS or Android device. Enjoy your tour!


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