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...

ARZIA CECCOLI

Poros

During the 19th century, tuberculosis decimated young and old, rich and poor. The romantic...

Zappeion

Athens

Located next to the National Gardens, the Zappeion Mansion, or simply, ‘Zappeion’, as it is...

Municipal Theatre

Piraeus, South Suburbs

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

Syggros Manor

Athens

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

The Arsakeion

Athens

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

The Old City Hall

Athens

Designed by Panagiotis Kalkos, Old City Hall on Athenas Street was built between 1871 and 1874,...

Iliou Melathron

Athens

This impressive three-storey structure on Panepistimiou Street was built between 1878 and 1880...

Villa Kazoulis

North Suburbs

Built in early last century, and based on designs of an unidentified architect, the Villa...

Weiler Building

Athens

Located on the pedestrian street across from the New Acropolis Museum the Weiller Building was...

Blue Building

Athens

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

French Embassy

Athens

Based on designs by Anastasios Metaxas, this beautiful, 19th-century building at 7 Vasilissis...

ASOEE

Athens

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

Dimotiki Scholi

Athens

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

Palataki Tower

Chaidari, West Suburbs

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

Stathatos Manor

Athens

Built in the late 19th century by Ernst Ziller, the manor was based on plans drawn up in 1895...

Melas Manor

Athens

Due to the sheer size of the completed mansion, the manor quickly gained the reputation as the...

Pallis Manor

Athens

The newer, more glamorous manor is a sample of late Neo-classicism, with its strong eclectic...

Rentis Manor

Athens

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

Refugee Flats

Athens

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

University Club

Athens

At the corner of Akadimias and Ippokratous Streets, a compact, six-storey building has been...