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Tour in the Historic Center of Athens 3

MAKRIGIANNI
A residential area which extends from Dionisiou Aeropagitou Str. up to the foot of Filopappou Hill. Its neoclassic houses as well as more modern houses (after war constructions) give to the area unique beauty and make it one of the most beautiful districts in Athens. Mitsaeon, Parthenonos, Webster, Kavalloti, Kallisperi, R. Gkali, Mouson and other streets have typical for the area features.

Sightseeing:

Acropolis Research Center (2-4 Makrigianni Str.). This impressive building, which combines in its exterior elements of Byzantine stone construction and neoclassic decorations, was constructed in 1834 by the German architect W. von Weiller. Initially, it was a military hospital and afterwards it became police squads’ center. Since 1987 it has been housing the “Acropolis Research Center”. The New Acropolis Museum is constructed next to it.

KOUKAKI
It is the extension of Makrigianni area and has unique charm especially in the part adjacent to Filopappos Hill (Panaetoliou and Arakynthou Streets).

 

ANO PETRALONA
A scenic neighborhood of unique style of the 50's. There are enough examples of folk urban architecture houses, with one or two storey buildings, still preserved here.

 

Sightseeing:
Dora Stratou Theater. It is located on the west side of the hill (ancient Kili). Here you can watch Greek folk dance performances from Dora Stratou dance group. Dora Stratou was a woman who dedicated her life to studying and preserving Greek folklore culture. The dance group has participated in many festivals around the world and is of national and international recognition. The dancers wear traditional Greek costumes from different areas of Greece and sing songs from all periods of Greek history.
Website: www.grdance.org

Merkouri Square. Scenic square with small coffee houses and traditional taverns.

The stone houses. Around Aginoros and Troon Streets develops a small and beautiful neighborhood with stone houses (post war period), which look like mountain houses in the center of Athens!

 

THESEION
It was named after a neighboring ancient temple . It is a traditional district with many neoclassic houses and public mansions, which gives it unique charm. From the homonym square (in Apostolos Pavlos Square), which is full of coffee houses, you have an amazing view of Acropolis and Ancient Agora’s area.

Sightseeing:
Heraklidon Street.
It is the central pedestrian street of the area, with impressive neoclassic buildings. In this street, as in its parallel Akamados Street, there are many coffee houses and bars that stay open all day. In Eptachalkou Str. you can also find many traditional taverns with Mediterranean food.

D. Aeginitou Str. It connects Apostolos Pavlos Str. with the National Observatory. From there you can have unique view of Acropolis, Lycabetus Hill, Ancient Agora and other parts of Athens.

National Observatory. It is the oldest research institution in Greece and the Balkans, as it was built in 1842. The Observatory’s building, on top of Nympheon Hill (it took its name from the homonym sanctuary which was there) and opposite Acropolis and Ancient Agora, was designed by Th. Hansen and is a neoclassic building of rare beauty. It has cross-in-square style and is positioned towards the four points of the horizon.

Aghia Marina Square. A scenic and quiet square, in the center of which dominates the homonym church (19th century). In its SW corner is the initial church, carved in rock, with prominent, later dome and remarkable frescos of the 13th century.

Theseion Park. It is the SW part of Ancient Agora’s archeological site. Trees were planted there in 1862 and in 1931 the Municipality added beautifying plants. For many years it was the gathering spot of Athenians for Easter celebrations.

Hat-Factory (66 Herakleidon Str.). A remarkable industrial building made of stone and covered with tiled roof. It was a hat-factory for many years and nowadays it is a preserved monument. Nowadays, it operates as a venue for many activities (“Melina Merkouri” Cultural Center).

 

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