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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 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

Hotel in Athens, Greece Athens Lotus Hotel
8.7 10
Athens Lotus Hotel
9 Chiou Str., Plateia Karaiskaki, 10438 Athens, Greece

This 4-star boutique hotel is located close to the Metaxourgeio Metro Station and a short walk from Athens’ historic monuments. Larissis Railway Station is only 5 minutes’ walk from the hotel. Athens International Airport is at a distance of 40 km.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Sparta Team Hotel
8 10
Sparta Team Hotel
21, Menandrou Str., 10563 Athens, Greece

Sparta Team Hotel is located in the centre of Athens, just a 8-minute walk from Omonoia Metro Station and Monastiraki Metro Station. The port of Piraeus is 11 km away.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Albion Hotel
Albion Hotel
20, Akominatou Str., 10437 Athens, Greece

Albion Hotel is located in the heart of Athens, next to the Metaxourghio Metro Station. Eleftherios Venizelos Airport is a 45-minute drive away.#


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