Beautiful Neoclassical Athens
A trip to Athens legendary places and historic buildings.
We will explore Panepistimiou street, an historic Athenian boulevard, developed after the establishment of the new Greek State in 1832. We want to take visitors to iconic and important buildings and landmarks connected to Modern Greek history and help them find both legendary and places of interest that still exist and others that have been lost.
We will start from Syntagma/Constitution Square, which is fundamentally connected with the first official Greek Constitution and the political developments in the 19th and 20th century. As we stand at the upper part of the square we see right in front of us the Greek Parliament which used to be the Old Palace for the ex-Kings and Queens of Greece until 1922. We cross the road to get closer. In front of the Parliament House, there is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
We get back to the Syntagma square, cross the road and get to Panepistimiou street to tell the story of the luxurious Grande Bretagne Hotel. We will pass the old historic Ζοnar’s café on the ground floor of the modernist building owned by the Greek Army Pension Fund and cross the magnificent City Link Gallery there. Thenwe will visit the nearby neoclassical Numismatic Museum built by the famous German architect Ernst Ziller. We will see the outside of the building as well as the back and the garden, the nearby Athens Archeological Society, the Bank of Greece, the (ex) Agricultural 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 is the famous Τrilogy of Athens comprising 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 living abroad. On the opposite side of Panepistimiou street we visit the pedestrianised Korai street where the Nazi’s had their detention centre.
We pass in front of the iconic Arsakion School for Girls, constructed thanks to the donations of another visionary Greek from abroad, ApostolosArsakis.We cross the Stoa Orfeos/ Orfeus Gallery and then turn on the left to Stadiou street towards the Klathmonos Square and the Museum of the City of Athens, the first royal residence for the first royal couple in Modern Greek history in 1836. Now it houses the Lambros Eftaxias’ collection of about 40.000 Athens related items.Walking up towards Syntagma square, we will visit the PaliaVouli/Old Parliament building, our last stop at Kolokotroni Square, where the imposing statute of Theodoros Kolokotronis, one of the most distinguished leaders of the Greek Revolution against the Ottoman Turks, stands. Τhe Old Parliament was built in 1875 by the French architect Francois Boulanger, housed the Greek parliament for 60 years and now houses the National Historic Museum. We get in for a short visit.
Our tour will finish around 13:00 and we will go to 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
- Kick-off: at 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.
- Finally, don’t forget hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, cameras, and your thirst for stories.
- The tour is implemented in small shared groups.
- A private tour can be arranged daily, at extra cost.
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