The Lyceum of Aristotle

Meet the place where Aristotle loved walking around as he lectured, surrounded by his students.

  • The Lyceum of Aristotle
  • The Lyceum of Aristotle
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The Lyceum of Aristotle was discovered in downtown Athens during the excavations by archaeologist Effie Lygouri in 1996 and first opened to the public in June 2014.

The Lyceum, which was named after the Sanctuary of Lycian Apollo, had been a place where philosophical discussions and debates took place and for long it had been the meeting place of the Athenian assembly before the establishment of a permanent meeting area on Pnyx hill in the 5th century BC.

This is where Aristotle founded its philosophical school upon his return to Athens in 335 BC. Aristotle lectured there, wrote most of his philosophical treatises and dialogues, and systematically collected books that comprised the first library in European history.


Families should know

Entrance is free of charge


Kids will love

The freedom to touch things and wander around

Parents will love

Taking a stroll and if tired sitting on the grass, relaxing

Best season to visit

  • Open during Spring Spring
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Is open to visitors from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily


Admission is free of charge

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