Beautiful Neoclassical Athens
A journey through Athens' modern history via a tour to its neoclassical buildings.
This walking tour will be a journey throughout modern Greek history, with a visit to several iconic buildings and landmarks around the center of Athens. We will explore Panepistimiou street, a historic Athenian boulevard, developed after the establishment of the new Greek State in 1832. You will have the chance to see neoclassical buildings which have left a mark in Greek history, from the old Palace which now houses the parliament, to Catholic Cathedrals, historic cafés, museums, Nazi detention centers and many more. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn the significance behind structures that even locals are unaware of despite walking by them every day!
The tour starts at Syntagma (Constitution Square), the heart of Athens and fundamentally connected with the first official Greek Constitution and the political developments in the 19th and 20th centuries. Standing at the upper part of the square, you will be captivated by a view of the Greek Parliament which used to be the Palace for the ex-Kings and Queens of Greece until 1922. Turning left at the square will take us to Panepistimiou street, where the story of the luxurious Grande Bretagne Hotel will unfold. We will pass the historic Ζοnar’s café on the ground floor of the modernist building owned by the Greek Army Pension Fund. On the opposite side we will visit the neoclassical Numismatic Museum built by the famous German architect Ernst Ziller. A stroll will give you opportunity to see the outside of the building as well as the back and garden, the nearby Athens Archeological Society, the Bank of Greece, the Catholic Cathedral of Athens, Saint Dionysios Areopagite and the Ophthalmic Clinic of Athens, one of the oldest specialized clinics in Europe.
Next stop will be the famous trilogy of Athens, comprising of the iconic buildings of the University, the Academy of Athens and the National Library built by the Danish architects Theophilos and Christian Hansen, thanks to generous donations by Greek philanthropists. On the opposite side of Panepistimiou street we will visit the pedestrianized Korai street and the memorial site at the 4 Korai basement, that served as a Nazi detention centre during the WWII occupation. We will pass by Pespazoglou street and then onto Stadiou street towards the Klathmonos Square. Our last stop will be the Museum of the City of Athens, which in 1836 served as the first royal residence in modern Greek history. Nowadays, it houses the collection of renowned politician and art lover Lambros Eftaxias, whist consists of about 40.000 items related to Athens.
A Greek experience cannot be complete without a culinary element, so the tour concludes around 13:00 with a visit at a local tavern to enjoy some traditional Greek food.
- Operated by SpecialTy Tours
- Meeting point: Syntagma Metro Station - Exit towards: 1st sign Syntagma Square/Grande Bretagne. 2nd sign Syntagma Square.
- The people should wait on Syntagma Square as soon as they come up the last stairs and exit on the square.
- Meeting time: 08:45-09:00 am
- Starting time: 09.00 am sharp
- Duration: 4 Hours approximately
- Drop off location: Local Tavern in Monastiraki Area
- The booking is non-refundable if canceled 72 hours before the tour time.
- This is a walking tour, so good shoes are recommended (no sandals). You will be walking on paved roads that can be slippery. Also, you may wish to carry a bottle of water with you.
- It is also recommended to bring with you a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, cameras and your thirst for history
- The tour is implemented in small shared groups.
- A private tour can be arranged daily, at extra cost.
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