Landmarks in Athens region


Beth Shalom is the city's main synagogue built in 1930's by the Sephardic community of Athens. It is a neoclassical marble structure with stained glass windows. Like in all Greek synagogues, women sit upstairs on the balcony.
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On the Alimos coastal road, i.e. Poseidonos Avenue, the 2,028 Commonwealth servicemen during the WWII who perished in the area are buried or commemorated here. Some fell in the Crimean War, others in Crete or Yugoslavia, etc. Very peaceful, thought-provoking and green.
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Great 19th century funerary art. Look for the tombs of Koimomeni (sleeping beauty), hero Theodoros Kolokotronis, hero Yiannis Makriyiannis, writer Panayiotis Soutsos, statesman Harilaos Trikoupis, museum founder Antonios Benakis, architect Heinrich Schliemann, Scottish philhellene George Finlay, etc.
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Only the gate and some remains are left of this institution in Plaka. It was built in 1721 by a pious Turk called Mehmet Fahri the Honorable. Before Greek independence it became a prison and Greek inmates were hanged from the plane tree in the courtyard. Tree and building were later destroyed.
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Also known as Fetihyie Tzami, was built in the 15th century by the Ottomans over the remains of a Byzantine church. The Venetian General Morosini transformed it into a Catholic Church later. In the 19th century it served as a school, then as a military building, and eventually a bakery.
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In Greek it is known as the Kentriki Agora or Demotiki Agora. Along with the adjacent meat, fish and vegetable markets, this place is full of the traditional sights and sounds of Athens. The small wine eateries called Oinomagereia are also a special phenomenon (closed Sundays).
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On the Hill of the Nymphs in the attractive Thisseo neighborhood, this attractive observatory was unique in the Balkans. Like other notable buildings in Athens, it was designed by Theophile Hansen and completed in 1842. Its unique cross-shape reflects the 4 points of the horizon.
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King Otto of Greece lived here while the Royal Palace (today's Parliament) was being built. The neoclassical building, now the History Museum, was used as the House of Parliament in from 1843-1854 and 1875-1932. Noteworthy too is the statue of General Kolokotronis on a horse up front.
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Founded in the late 1820s and designed by Hans Christian Hansen, the university is a true architectural landmark in Athens. The portico boasts frescoes done by Bavarian Karl Rahl and painted by 1888 by Eduardo Lebiedzky, featuring famous heroes and personalities in Greek history.
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No visit to Athens is complete without passing by Syntagma Square and the Parliament, originally the Royal Palace of King Otto. Completed in 1843 it is loved for the change of the Evzone guards outside and is home to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Check out the National Gardens behind too.
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The 19th century Athens works factory in a previously rundown area has been reinvented and transformed into a bustling cultural complex where many exhibitions and shows take place, with some permanent exhibitions too.
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Today known as Palea Loutra or Old Baths located on 8 Kyristou Street, the baths were mentiond in 1667 by Turkish traveler Evlia Celebi. There is an interesting multi-domed bath complex on the rear end. Open for visitors from 10 am to 2.30 pm.
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The Zappas family, Greeks from Romania, had this neoclassical structure built by Danish architect Theophil Freiherr von Hansen. It often houses exhibitions and features a lovely outdoor coffee shop, ideal in good weather. Access to the main National Gardens is very close.
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