Famous Greeks in Plaka

In Kydathineon street was the house of Seferis, and later Konstantinos Tsatsos, Head of Greek Republic (1975-1980). Also at number 27 it is until today Paparigopoulos House, the place where the first Christmas tree arrived in Athens. Paparigopoulos arrived in Athens in 1843 as the interpreter in Russian consulates and Former Consulate of Russia in Greece. Ludwig, father of Otto was hosted here, as well as the Russian embassy in Athens.

One of the many first attendees of the Christmas Eve of 1843 it was General Makryiannis. When Paparigoroulos showed him the Christmas tree, Makriyannis moved his head and said “ its nice, but I don’t let my trees to grow inside the room! Only my weapons!!

In 5 Periandrou street, Greek poet Kostis Palamas lived and died.

Tripodon is another famous street. In number 3 you meet the house of a great Samian, family, Logothetis, while in 32 is the house of the Ottoman judge. The last one Hacı Halil Efendi Shaykh al-Islām or Grand Mouftis protected Athenian men when the War took place and he was considered responsible and was killed.

In the yard of Metamorfosi Sotiros in Kydathineon, dead body of Odysseas Androutsos was buried after his murder from Kolettis, nowadays he is buried in Athens Cemetery. Also the family house of Agia (Saint) Filothei is in the house of the last Ottoman mayor of Athens, Andrianou 96.

Famous foreigners in Plaka 

George Finley’s house is also in Plaka Kekropos 8 and Thycididou, who accompanied Lord Byron also lived here in Plaka.