One of Athens's oldest neighborhoods, Monastiraki is situated in the center of the city. Athenians frequently congregate around Monastiraki Square, and there are lots of sights and activities nearby. Standing in the center of the plaza, you can observe a fusion of historical periods, cultural influences, and several pathways flowing in all directions.
The Greek Revolution against Ottoman occupation gave rise to the moniker Monastiraki. The nunnery, a female monastery built on the plaza, served as its model. The Ancient Agora, which was the heart of the ancient city of Athens, is one of the most significant archeological sites in the region.
An old river flows beneath the square's cobblestones. In reality, the riverbed of the sacred river of the ancient Athenians, the river Eridanus, presented unusual challenges to the construction of the new Metro station. The only portion of the river that has been exposed in the modern city is at the nearby Kerameikos archeological site.
In a unique exhibition area with archeological finds inside the Monastiraki Metro station, the remnants of the lost riverbed that were unearthed are partially visible. In contemporary Greece, Monastiraki continued to function as a market, with vendors setting up shop on the sidewalk benches to offer goods including fresh grilled corn, fruit, handcrafted shoes, and more.