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“I have my doubts”
Review of Prison of Socrates

Prison of Socrates
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Hidden Athens Walking Tour and Picnic: Plaka and the Hills of Athens
Ranked #104 of 321 things to do in Athens
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

This is one of the attractions At Filopappou Hill which is quite a wooded park a short walk from the Fix station on the Tram. There is no charge to enter the place and this is located on the way to a small church and the Monument of Filopappou. It is doubtful that this was actually the place where Socrates was imprisoned but was an interesting stop all the same.

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Reviewed 16 April 2014 via mobile

Just to reiterate previous review - this is NOT the prison and place of death of Socrates.
The location is most likely the Ancient Agora's State Prison. It's in the south west corner - you'll have to look carefully, there's not many signs to help (I've just visited the site myself). It isn't popular so you might have the place to yourself. I spent an hour there just cogitating - only one visitor passing by.
Good luck.

2  Thank EuripidesRex
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

These late-carved holes-in-the-rock have nothing to do with the prison in which Socrates died. That building, existing only in foundations but the execution cell easy to identify, is located just outside the south-west boundary of the Agora (it was illegal to execute anyone within the boundaries). You will find it if you walk about 300 feet south from the tholos (the direction away from the railway tracks.

10  Thank Barringtonian
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Reviewed 10 September 2013

Yes, "nifty". It's not incredibly visually impressive but the story is fantastic. While its more than likely not the place where Socrates downed his hemlock, it was used in WWII to hide treasures from The Acropolis from the Nazis by packing them in and come thing over it. It is just off the track f a quite nice walk to a lovely view. Worthwhile seeing.

Thank LittleRunner168
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Reviewed 15 April 2013

Don't be fooled by local guides telling you this is the actual place where Socrates drank his poison and spent his last days. They love telling fancy stories, and this is one which is often used.

If it's anywhere, it's in the Athenian Agora. If you want to try to find it, check this website: http://www.fodors.com/community/europe/location-of-socrates-prison-cell-athens-greece.cfm

Then what are you seeing right now? The obvious answer: nobody's sure. The best guess is that this was a Mycenaean building which was subsequently reused for various purposes. The holes in the bedrock were actually used for wooden beams, so the building was most likely in front of what we can see today.

A beautiful place nonetheless, albeit with a very innacurate description. It is a very relaxing place though, with not too many tourists. I still recommend it, even though it's not quite as historically important.

11  Thank Nicolas D
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