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In the Monastiraki square, named after the monastery to which the Pantanassa church belonged, all the different phases of the history of Athens are represented. In reality it is an extension of Plaka. It is the part of the city with the greatest number of antique dealers and gift shops of every kind.

In the middle of the square is the Pantanassa, a foundation dating back to the 10th century. At the southeast corner is one of the city's two surviving mosques, known as the Sindrivani after the former purification fountain, and which now houses the ceramic collection of the Museum of Popular Art. Immediately behind the mosque, in Areos Street, is the pillared facade of the Library of Hadrian a monument of the Roman period; and further south is Athens of the Classical period, with the Acropolis.