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Plaka as a neighbourhood was built onto the ancient paths that existed in Athens, even amo

ng ruins. Moreover, the new Athens plan that was made from foreign architects, young people, just finished their studies at that time, who wanted to builf their fame together with the new capital of Greece, on the ancient “highways”.

These streets are Iera Odos, that led from Elefsis to Acropolis, Panathineon street, today inside Athens Agora, and of course Plaka streets as Tripodon, Kydathineon, Adrianou. If you notice carefully having your head looking up, you will see Acropolis rock from Patision, Pireos, Kifissias, since all roads were leading to that hill. How about Plaka?

Streets of Plaka were next to ancient ruins, that were built either just after war with neoclassical buildings, either renovated and today they are beautiful buildings, either were abandoned and today you pass by and you ask yourself “why”.. Buildings stand among the ancient walls, next to ancient buildings, a destroyed column is in Philomousou square…. Time is everywhere around in Plaka and plays with its visitor. Time is what a traveller spends and time is what everyone cannot earn…. time is precious and while walking at Plaka’s streets you can definitely realise and move forward… Even if many monuments of Athens do not exist today, in Plaka you can realise a lot of that value.. and feel like Athens european visitors felt 200 years before.. 

Athens has a vast selection of hotels and other accomodation types, such as airbnb, hostels. By checking online each particular website is the best option, so you can choose different options.

But when you want to choose an area, where is better? And are there any special places regarding Plaka?

Athens is separated in central Athens, where Acropolis and Plaka is, where the tourist center is.The center includes Gazi- Kerameikos, Lycabettus-Kolonaki, Exarcheia, Pagrati, Koukaki, even Petralona at the south of Philopappou Hill

Then northern suberbs, where you can access city centre by Line one or 3. Northern suberbs, as the South ones  are considered better, which makes them more expensive. The south suberbs are located next to the sea, so they are far more prestigious. Northen suburbs are next to Parnitha and Penteli mountains.

East suberbs are close to center, since Hymmetus mountain distance is really close to Acropolis. East Attica is also where Athens airport is, and there is also access to nice beaches during summer of course. Western suburbs are considered less prestigious, but there are many alternatives for entertainment and nightlife. To the west of Athens there is also the national highway taking you to Corinth and Pelopponesus.

The south could be separated in Piraeus, Faliro -where you can pass to Argosaronikos bay, and the other side, that takes you to Sounio, the southernmost of Attica.

When Emperor Hadrian arrived to Athens, while the city’s Roman period, he was astonished by the city’s beauty and glory. At 131 AD he completed the construction of one of the biggest temples of the antiquity, whose remains we can visit today at the archaeological place of Olympeion.

The modern site is located next to Plaka and Syntagma (500 meters from both) and anyone can realize its past glory and destructions. Made from Pentelic white marble, and with a fallen column in 1852, the temple is unique.

It is said that the temple foundation was directed related to Greeks mythical ancestor, Defkalion. Peisistratus also tried to finish the temple but it was a really expensive project. So Hadrian who adored Athens and Greek culture, was the only one who managed to do it.

 

Mythodea on June 28st 2001

A concert was organised on that date, related to NASA. Here is the video