Archive

January 2019

Browsing

How a street can be famous

Plaka as a neighbourhood was built onto the ancient paths that existed in Athens, even among 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 Sacred Way or 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 Filomousou 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.. 

When Christian Andersen, Freud, Yung climber the Acropolis, did they know they were already famous?

Walking around the seven hills of Athens, you can find the Pikionis pathway, a modern famous path, both about the route, but also his creator: an innovative artist and architect, who tried to change Athens urban landscape. Athens famous streets are also followed by famous squares, but this is another topic that someone has to deal with..

Having a place to Stay in Plaka is a must

Athens has a vast selection of hotels and other accomodation types, such as airbnb apartments, 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? Don’t forget that Athens is a city of 5 million people, so it is quite big.

Downtown Athens 

Athens is separated in central Athens, where Acropolis, Plaka and Psirri are, where the tourist center is.

The center includes Gazi- Kerameikos, Lycabettus-Kolonaki, Exarcheia, Pagrati, Koukaki, even Petralona at the south of Philopappou Hill. All the above areas are a part of Athens centre. 

Northern Athens 

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. Northern suburbs are Filothei and Psychiko, Galatsi, Iraklio, Marousi, up to Kifisia.You can get there by metro line 1 (green). Northern suburbs are actually next to Parnitha and Penteli mountains, but you need some time to go up to these mountains. The locals move on these areas a lot, and there are some places for a visitor to stay as well.

Eastern Athens 

Eastern suburbs are closer to center, since Hymmetus mountain is closer to Acropolis. These are Byronas, Kaisariani, Cholargos, to the north and Ilioupoli, Argyroupoli, Glyfada to the south. Glyfada is actually considered a south suburb. “Far East” Attica is also where Athens airport is, and there is also access to nice beaches during summer of course, where you can also have lunch or dinner. Recommended experience.

Western Athens 

Western suburbs are maybe considered less prestigious than the rest of Athens suburbs, but they attract youth and offer  many alternatives for entertainment and nightlife, such as Mpournazi area at Peristeri. To the west of Athens there is also the national highway taking you to Elefsina, Megara, Corinth and Pelopponesus, via Iera Odos, that led to Panathinea street to Acropolis.

Southern Athens

The south could be separated in Faliro, Nea Smirni, and finding Piraeus -where you can pass to Saronikos bay islands. The other side, towards Glyfada that takes you all the coastline way down to Sounio, the southernmost of Attica.

Attica

Eastern Attica, the area behind Hymmetus mountain, where the athens airport is located, offers some choices of tours before your flight. Besides the Aegean sea you can experience one last time before you leave Greece or Athens, you can visit unkwown monuments or have some experiences. Athens means learning. Send us your request here.

Hadrian in Athens

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 more than unique, attracting most of Athens’ visitors.

It is said that the temple foundation was directed related to Greeks mythical ancestor, Defkalion, who survived the fllood myth, just like Noah. Athens had no longer king, so the “dictator” or ruler, Pisistratus, tried to finish the temple. Unfortunately, it was proved a really expensive project. However, he solved the water supply problem of Athens, by providing the city water from nearby Immitos mountain. But the same person who completed the temple, solved also that problem. Emperor Hadrian finished the temple but also Athens aqueduct, another huge project for his times.

 

Mythodea on June 28st 2001

 

 

A concert was organised on that date, June the 28th 2011, related to NASA and the music composer Vangelis. Here is the video from youtube.

Hadrians Arch from Olympian Zeus temple

The Olympian Zeus temple gives the city’s past glorious image with just a visit. Next to it, you can walk by the Illissus Vasilica, a destroyed church from the early christian times of Athens, but also visit the Panathenaic Stadium that is really close to the temple.

Photoshooting tips

Apart from the temple, you can get some good shots including the Hadrian’s Gate, that lies on the background. Roman emperors respected Athens a lot, why not feel the same? Besides Athens is always a learning experience for everyone.