History of Monastiraki and Pantanassa
When you arrive at Monastiraki square that is is the metro station you will notice an amazing building. It is the church that also named the square, since some centuries ago it was a monastery, Pantanassa, meaning “Queen of Everyone”. It is either a 7th or 11th century building, mentioned as “big Monastery” in historic documents. Initially, it was a private church (as many other churches like Gorgoepikoos, Ragavas) of Nikolaos Mponefatzis and later it became a male and later a female monastery. After its decline it belonged to Kaisariani Monastery, in Hymmetus.
It definitely belongs to the oldest Athenian orthodox temples. During its acme, the whole area was belonging to it and operated as a school of crafts, providing woolen products to nearby shops.
At 2002 the monastery was excavated for the Athens metro construction, and some of its parts were dated even back to 5th century. The Historical significance of this temple is more than unique and definitely unexplored.
Psirri, Thisseio and Gazi
From Monastiraki you can follow the Adrianou street and walk to Thissio, finding the entrance of the Ancient Agora (you can have lunch or dinner at Diodos restaurant there, that we recommend). From Monastiraki Psirri is on your left as you look Pantanassa church. A really interesting area to explore and why not have lunch- dinner as well. Sometimes there is live music at some tavernas. Either you follow Adrianou, or Ermou you will find Gazi and Athens Technopolis area, where you can meet Athens industrial background, a century ago. Athens is about learning, never forget about that!
Metaxourgeio area is also close to Gazi and after Psirri, there are some museums and galleries there as well (as Plaka). You can have a drink at that area with local Athenians and young cosmopolitan students! enjoy!