Archaeological Findings at Athens International Airport

The Permanent Exhibition of Archaeological Findings at Athens International Airport, gives the visitor a timeless image of Greece, including 172 objects dating from the Neolithic to the post-Byzantine period. It thus provides an ideal introduction to Greek culture for visitors from the moment they get off the plane.

These findings were discovered in the region of Mesogeia, mainly during the airport's construction. The exhibition, which occupies 200 square meters, was funded by Athens International Airport and was a collaboration with the Ministry of Culture.

Take a magical ‘journey’ through time. Admire pictures and objects (stone tools and coarse pottery) from the Bronze Age settlement, found at the top of Zagani hill, pottery from the early and mature Geometric style (9th-8th century BC) from a cemetery at the northern end of the airport and other findings of the classical era indicating the value of the exhibits which were brought to light by archaeologists and are shown in this permanent exhibition.

Model of the Early Helladic settlement on Zagani Hill

The findings reveal the dense network of roads in Attica in the 5th and 4th century BC, which was a prerequisite for the functioning of Athenian democracy and enriches our knowledge concerning the form of the Attic municipality of the classical period.

Following these periods, the character of the wider Greek space becomes evident as a passage of conquerors and a crossroad of cultures such as Slavs, Latins and Arvanites who crossed, settled or looted the area. Exhibits from the Roman and Frankish domination and the farmhouses created in the region, or the Catalan presence, give us a different, forgotten picture of Attica. The historical thread transports us to the early post-Byzantine period, after the Ottoman conquest, when the church of St. Peter and Paul was founded and then moved to a new location, 340 meters to the west, for the construction needs of the west runway of the airport.

Replica of the Sphinx of Spata

6th c. BC (National Archaeological Museum)

This is a very interesting collection of exhibits that is worth visiting even by Attica residents of Attica. In a specially designed area with a surface of 200 square meters, one can find an ancient treasure that was hidden beneath the more modern face of contemporary Greece.