Monastiraki is a flea market
A flea market or swap meet is a type of bazaar where inexpensive or secondhand goods are sold or bartered. It may be indoors, such as in a warehouse or school gymnasium; or it may be outdoors, such as in a field or under a tent...
neighborhood in the old town of Athens
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, and is one of the principal shopping districts in Athens. The area is home to clothing boutiques, souvenir shops, and specialty stores, and is a major tourist attraction in Athens and Attica
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for bargain shopping. The area is named after Monastiraki Square, which in turn is named for the Pantánassa church monastery
Monastery denotes the building, or complex of buildings, that houses a room reserved for prayer as well as the domestic quarters and workplace of monastics, whether monks or nuns, and whether living in community or alone .Monasteries may vary greatly in size – a small dwelling accommodating only...
that is located within the square. The main streets of this area are Pandrossou
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Street and Adrianou
Hadrian , was Roman Emperor from 117 to 138. He is best known for building Hadrian's Wall, which marked the northern limit of Roman Britain. In Rome, he re-built the Pantheon and constructed the Temple of Venus and Roma. In addition to being emperor, Hadrian was a humanist and was philhellene in...
The Monastiraki Metro Station
This page addresses a train station in Greece; for the ancient Cretan city, see Monastiraki, Crete.Monastiraki or Monastirion station is an interchange station of the Attiko Metro Blue Line and the ISAP Green Line 1. The original surface station of Line 1 opened in May 17, 1895...
, located on the square, serves both Line 1 and Line 3 of the Athens Metro
The Athens Metro is an underground rapid transit system serving Athens, the capital city of Greece. It was constructed and owned by Attiko Metro S.A. and operated until 2011 by Attiko Metro Etaireia Leitourgias S.A....