Papadiamantis in Athens – Tracing the footsteps of the “saint of letters”

As long as I live and breathe and be sensible, I will not stop praising my Christ, lovingly describing nature and painting with affection the genuine Greek customs. Alexandros Papadiamantis. Alexandros Papadiamantis / Αλέξανδρος Παπαδιαμάντης (Skiathos, March 4, 1851 – Skiathos, January 3, 1911) is one of the most important Greek writers, also known as “theContinue reading “Papadiamantis in Athens – Tracing the footsteps of the “saint of letters””

More Street Art in Athens – Drawing a portrait of the city

When we published the article on Street Art in Athens three months ago, we knew we had left out some equally favourite works. Meanwhile, we discovered some works that had escaped our attention and also others that were created recently. This is the magic of this art, its constant dialogue with the city and itsContinue reading “More Street Art in Athens – Drawing a portrait of the city”

Akadimia Platonos: Where modern Athens embraces its ancient past

Akadimia Platonos (Ακαδημία Πλάτωνος) is an area in the northwestern part of Athens. It owes its name to the hero Akadimos (Ακάδημος), and the school of philosophy, the Academy, founded by Plato (Πλάτωνας). This area was defined by the hill Ippios Kolonos, near today’s Lenorman Street, and by the ancient banks of the river Kifissos.Continue reading “Akadimia Platonos: Where modern Athens embraces its ancient past”

Konstantinos Koukidis Column in Anafiotika – A monument to an unsung hero or a modern myth ?

Although thousands of visitors coming to Athens have learned about its hidden secret, the scenic neighbourhood of Anafiotika (Αναφιώτικα) in the shadow of the Acropolis (Ακρόπολις), few of them must have noticed the slightly faded relief column dedicated to the hero Konstantinos Koukidis (Κωνσταντίνος Κουκίδης) on Stratonos Street. Anafiotika is part of the old historicalContinue reading “Konstantinos Koukidis Column in Anafiotika – A monument to an unsung hero or a modern myth ?”

Revealing more secret sights of Athens

The only people who ever get anyplace interesting are the people who get lost Henry David Thoreau After the impressive and warm reception of our first article about the secret sights of Athens, the team searched again and identified seven new places in the city, unknown to most visitors and locals. We believe that the resultContinue reading “Revealing more secret sights of Athens”

Exploring the Dragon House of Athens

The most famous dragon houses (drakospita / δρακόσπιτα) in Greece are the Dragon Houses of South Evia. Dragon houses are generally made of square and elongated stones, which are placed on top of each other, without other binders and are held only by their weight. The gaps are filled with other smaller stones. The roofContinue reading “Exploring the Dragon House of Athens”

Vrysaki – The lost neighbourhood of Athens

The Ancient Agora of Athens (Αρχαία Αγορά Αθηνών) is perhaps the most famous and visited archaeological site of Athens apart from Acropolis. It was the centre of social, economic and political life of the ancient city. However, few of the thousands of Greeks and foreign visitors who come here every year know that until theContinue reading “Vrysaki – The lost neighbourhood of Athens”