Acharnian Gate of the Ancient Athens Wall

Like many cities in antiquity, Ancient Athens was surrounded by a wall and featured different gates to access the city. The location of the Acharnian Gate – the gate that leads to the town of Acharnes north of the city – was initially lost in time.

These excavations under the foundation of an ultra-modern building have brought it to light once more. You can see the base of what was once a tower, along with a moat and rampart. There are even remains of an ancient road with cartwheel grooves still preserved in its midst. The continuation of the road can be seen just a few steps away in Kotzia Square. Overall, this little site is just another example of how modern Athens is built over a much more ancient city, where there are finds practically anywhere one digs.

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