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Neoclassical Athens: a journey in 19th and 20th century

Athens ● 03 September 2017
 
  

One of the main characteristics of Athens is its long and rich history, which is combined with multiple periods. Athens has a creative multicultural character, a unique aura that attracts every visitor with the variety of different sites. In Athens, you can admire the journey through history, the transformation of Greece from antiquity to the modern times. Athens Center is a living legend, a place where you can walk around for hours being bewitched by the charming route in art, culture and history. One of the dominant periods, which is still prevailing in Athens, is the Neoclassical period of the 19th and 20th century, which has given Athens imposing buildings and traditional districts, which are amazing for a walk around the streets.

The Old University in Panepistimiou Street

The main sightseeing of Neoclassical Athens is located in Panepistimiou Street and is the complex of the impressive, historical buildings that used to be the University, the Library and the Academy of Athens in the 20th century. Generally, Panepistimiou Street is one of the most beautiful streets in Athens with many neoclassical buildings, a huge shopping mall with famous brands located in an impressive building of the 19th century as well as modern office blocks perfectly combined with humble well-preserved houses.

Other wonderful neoclassical buildings can be found in Vasilissis Sofias Street, the street that leads to the Hellenic Parliament, which is also an imposing building of the 19th century dominating Syntagma Square. Vasilissis Sofias is a street with many embassies, administrative buildings and mansions, which create a stunning scenery in the European city with its unique character. In this street, are located also two significant museums (Benaki Museum and Museum of Cycladic Art) in amazing neoclassical villas with courtyard, while at its end, at Syntagma Square, three of the renowned hotels in Athens beautify the square.

Neoclassical houses are also everywhere in Athens Center. Plaka, Thiseio and Monastiraki are well-preserved districts, which have kept their traditional character consisting the Old Town of Athens with narrow pebbled streets and colourful houses of another era. In the pedestrian of Dionysiou Areopagitou, which begins from the Acropolis Museum and ends in Thiseio, where the street is renamed to Apostolou Paulou, you can admire a stunning part of Neoclassical Athens, where luxury neoclassical houses, trees and flowers stand under the shadow of Acropolis.

In the greater Athens area, Piraeus Municipal Theatre is one of the most significant opera buildings in Greece and in Europe, and it complements the cultural and artistic scene of the town.  Opera, theatre and music performances as well as musicals are only some of the genres you can watch in the Piraeus Municipal Theater, whose interior will impress you as much as its exterior. 

Where to Stay

Boutique Hotel in Athens, Greece Anixi Boutique Hotel
8.7 10
Anixi Boutique Hotel
17, Marathonos Ave., Anixi, 14569 Athens, Greece

Anixi Boutique Hotel is located in Athens, 26 km away from the city centre. Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" is 36 km away and Piraeus Port is 34 km away.

Hotel & Appartment in Athens, Greece Athens Way
9.1 10
Athens Way
17, Arachovis & Ippokratous Str., 10680 Athens, Greece

Located in Athens City Center, Athens Way hotel is within a 15-minute walk from Syntagma Square and a 10-minute walk from the nearest metro station. The Acropolis and the historic part of Athens, Plaka, are at 2 km. The lively Monastiraki Square is 1.5 km away. Athens International Airport is at 33.5 km and Piraeus port can be reached within 30 minutes using the light railway.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Galaxy Hotel
Galaxy Hotel
39, Posidonos Ave., Alimos, 17455 Athens, Greece

Galaxy Hotel is located in Alimos, a southern suburb of Athens. Piraeus port is just a 15-minute drive away, offering easy access to the Greek islands. Athens city center is 8 km away.


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