Architecture

Today’s capital city of Athens in Attica bears little resemblance in architecture to its small-town predecessor in the 18th-century. The centre of modern Athens wasn’t even within the boundaries of the former city.

Through the years architecture has changed. Dirt roads evolved to avenues and the capital underwent Ovidian metamorphoses. It was bombed and rebuilt numerous times. Its streets saw the Ottoman cavalry, Nazi jackboots, the tanks of the military junta; it witnessed occupation and freedom, blood and fire, destruction and rebirth. And it managed to emerge with its head held high.

It’s a city that was never enslaved for long, always remembering that it has been, is and will always be the cradle of democracy. It sees itself rightly as the birthplace of philosophy – the values that underlie western civilisation.

As you wander its alleys, parks, squares and avenues, observe the eclectic mix of architecture; remember that this was a city that has reinvented itself many times over. Scratch the surface and you’ll understand the Athenian miracle – that it is constantly evolving and, ultimately, surviving, thanks to the city’s spirit, its people and its fated role in history.

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Aegina
Agistri
Athens
West Suburbs
North Suburbs
East Suburbs
South Suburbs
Piraeus
Poros
Spetses
Hydra
Kythera & Antikythera
Salamina

Villa Galini

Poros

On the coastal road of Poros, between Mikro Neorion and Aspros Gatos (White Cat), you can see a red house. Villa Galini is an elegant neoclassical villa that hosted writers and artists. The house...

ARZIA CECCOLI

Poros

During the 19th century, tuberculosis decimated young and old, rich and poor. The romantic writers of the last century give us an almost fictional image through their literature about the illness...

Zappeion

Athens

Located next to the National Gardens, the Zappeion Mansion, or simply, ‘Zappeion’, as it is called by the locals, is one of the most impressive and important historical buildings in Athens....

Municipal Theatre

Piraeus, South Suburbs

Built between 1881 and 1883, the Piraeus Municipal Theatre was built here, from designs by Ioannis Lassarimos....

Syggros Manor

Athens

Syggros Manor is the former Ministry of Foreign Affairs building, which is now located next door....

The Bank of Greece

Athens

Occupying an entire city block, the magnificent Bank of Greece building was facadeconstructed in the 1930’s....

The Arsakeion

Athens

The imposing Arsakeion Girls School was constructed between 1846 to 1852 by architect, Lysander Kaftantzoglou....

The Old City Hall

Athens

Designed by Panagiotis Kalkos, Old City Hall on Athenas Street was built between 1871 and 1874, during the mayoralty of Panagis Kyrakos....

Iliou Melathron

Athens

This impressive three-storey structure on Panepistimiou Street was built between 1878 and 1880 for distinguished German businessman and amateur archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann....

Villa Kazoulis

North Suburbs

Built in early last century, and based on designs of an unidentified architect, the Villa Kazoulis is one of the most characteristic buildings in Athens....

Calatrava Footbridge

North Suburbs

The 94-metre Calatrava Footbridge, on Mesogeion Avenue, is located just outside the Katehaki metro station....

The National Theatre

Athens

The National Theatre on Agiou Konstantinou street, near Omonia Square, was built to meet the city's need for a new theatre....

Kostis Palamas Building

Athens

Known to Athenians as the "Kostis Palamas" building, this stunning, renovated building at the junction of Akadimias and Massalias Streets, has a long history....

Weiler Building

Athens

Located on the pedestrian street across from the New Acropolis Museum the Weiller Building was designed and built in 1836,to house the Army Hospital....

Blue Building

Athens

The Antonopoulos Flats, or the Blue Building, is a six-storey structure from the 1930s....

Technical University

Athens

The ‘Metsoveion’ Technical University of Athens was established in 1836, and is Greece’s oldest technical educational institution....

French Embassy

Athens

Based on designs by Anastasios Metaxas, this beautiful, 19th-century building at 7 Vasilissis Sofias Street is a good example of late neoclassicism....

Gennadius Library

Athens

The Gennadius Library is located on Souidias Street in Kolonaki, opposite the American School of Classical Studies....

Rex Cinema and Theatre Hall

Athens

Located at the lower section of Panepistimiou Street, The "Rex" Cinema and Theatre Hall was built in the mid 1930’s and was considered to be the first "skyscraper" in Athens....

Estia Newspaper Building

Athens

Constructed in 1876, this eye-catching building has been home to the offices and printing facilities of the Estia newspaper for 140 years, a testament to the publication’s success....

Old National Press House

Athens

Known as the Royal Press House until 1863, this building, constructed between 1834 and 1835, was based on plans by Bavarian architect Hoffer....

National Research Foundation

Athens

The National Research Foundation is a private, non-profit institution, promoting multi-disciplinary research in the sciences and humanities....

ASOEE

Athens

The Economic University of Athens, or ASOEE as it was previously known, was created by the Venizelos government in 1919....

Panteion University

South Suburbs

Opened in 1927 as the School of Political Sciences, the institution was renamed 'Panteion School of Political Sciences' in 1931....

Centre for Asia Minor Studies

Athens

Housed in an impressive building on Kydathineon street in Plaka, the Centre for Asia Minor Studies sits opposite the Byzantine Church of Metamorphosi....

Dimotiki Scholi

Athens

Located on Adrianou Street in Plaka, the Dimotiki Scholi (Municipal School), was built between 1875 and 1876....

Palataki Tower

Chaidari, West Suburbs

This 19th-century castellated building is a classic example of romantic historicism, with several neo-Gothic features....

Kleanthi Residence

Athens

The Kleanthi-Schaubert or the Old University, is in a high part of Plaka, in Tholou Street and is a very old building (probably from the 17th century)....

Vouros-Eftaxias Residence

Athens

The twin building complex on Paparrigopoulou street, in Klafthmonos square, housing the Museum of the City of Athens comprises the Dekozi-Vouros and the Eftaxias Residences....

The Benizelos Family Mansion

Athens

The mansion of the notorious family of Benizelos who lived in Athens during the years of the Ottoman occupation, was build during the 16th century....

Sotirios Anargyros Mansion

Spetses

Built in 1904, neo-Classical building was financed by Sotirios Anargyros, a native of Spetses, who lived and prospered in 19th Century America, a personal friend of El. Venizelos....

Stathatos Manor

Athens

Built in the late 19th century by Ernst Ziller, the manor was based on plans drawn up in 1895 for an expatriate merchant from Ithaca named Stathatos....

Lykiardopoulos Building

Athens

An important example of Eclecticism, the five-floor building follows all modern trends of the time, incorporating many Art Deco elements....

Melas Manor

Athens

Due to the sheer size of the completed mansion, the manor quickly gained the reputation as the largest and most expensive private building of the era....

Pallis Manor

Athens

The newer, more glamorous manor is a sample of late Neo-classicism, with its strong eclectic influences, and heavy, elaborate decorations....

Rentis Manor

Athens

Α proponent of neo-academic eclecticism, the architectural trend dominating Europe at the time....

Serpieri Mansion

Athens

Standing at the corner of Panepistimiou and Edward Law Streets is the headquarters of the Agricultural Bank of Greece, a neoclassical building of the 19th century....

Parnassos Society Mansion

South Suburbs

The mansion of the Philological Association of Athens 'Parnassus' in Karytsi Square was built in 1890 from designs by army engineer Iphicrates Kokkidis....

Gyzis Neoclassical Building

Chaidari, West Suburbs

Located within a special landscaped area of 8.5 acres, this neoclassical building is the guest house of the Palataki Mansion....

Athens Eye Hospital

Athens

Construction began here in 1847 under King Otto’s rule. Located at the corner of Panepistimiou and Sina Streets, it was based on designs by Theophile Hansen....

Sarogleio Building

Athens

The Sarogleio Building, constructed between 1928 and 1932 at the corner of Vasilissis Sofias and Rigillis Streets, has a rather interesting history....

Refugee Flats

Athens

Portions of the complex will be kept as a memory of the lives of refugees in the capital....

Poulopoulos Factory

Athens

Τhis superb example of industrial architecture of the time, was constructed of curved stone with neoclassical elements, openings with pilasters, Doric order columns, and a tiled roof....

Andreas Syngros Hospital

Athens

Since its founding, the hospital has continually expanded its services, gradually evolving into a general hospital specialising in gynaecology and cardiology....

Alexandra Maternity Home

Athens

Since its founding, the hospital has continually expanded its services, gradually evolving into a general hospital specialising in gynaecology and cardiology....

Hippokrateion Hospital

Athens

After the war of 1964-1966, an eight-storey building was constructed behind the old complex, and now houses most of the hospital's services....

Areteion Hospital

Athens

Owned by the University of Athens, this hospital on Vasilissis Sofias Street was designed by Elias Aggelopoulos and Ioannis Ioannou, and built between 1896 and 1898....

University Club

Athens

At the corner of Akadimias and Ippokratous Streets, a compact, six-storey building has been home to the University Club for more than 80 years....

Eginition Hospital

Athens

Named in honor of Eginition, a highly respected pioneer in the field of medicine, the hospital originally housed neuropsychiatric facilities....