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Athenas Street

Athenas Street is approximately 1 km long and connects Monastiraki Square with Omonia Square.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1821)

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)

  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)

  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)

  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)

  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)

  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)

What I can see

Athenas Street is approximately 1 km long and connects Monastiraki Square with Omonia Square. It traces many city highlights, such as the municipal market (Varvakios), Kotzia Square and City Hall. It was named after the goddess Athena and designed to provide a beeline view of Omonia, the Erechtheion and the Temple of Athena Nike. The road is known as a hub for daily activity and is reminiscent of old Athens as it is still lined with buildings from the early 20th and late 19th centuries. It’s also a pleasant route for walking and shopping. The shops along Athenas Street offer a wide variety of goods at very friendly prices. The road is lined with beautiful shady zakaranta trees that blossom in May and create purple visual hues. The first municipal toilets were built near Varvakios Market, and Athinas Street was one of the first streets to be electrified with light bulbs.

What I can't see

From the first day it was designed and laid out, this central commercial street resembled a bazaar. Following the influx of refugees from Asia Minor in the 1920s, commercial activities thrived here. The sale of vegetables and eggs expanded to a wide variety of products and services at competitive prices. However, Athenas Street remained an area of contradictions. The liveliness of its market stands in stark contrast to the queues of workers lining up for their pay or to receive a single day’s work.  


Yohalas T., Kafetzaki Τ., (2013), Αθήνα, Ιχνηλατώντας την πόλη με οδηγό την ιστορία και τη λογοτεχνία [Athens, Tracing the city guided by history and literature], ESTIA Bookstore


Skiadas G., (d.u.), Μια βόλτα στην οδό Αθηνάς, [A stroll in Athinas st.] in Mikros Romios,

Last visit 17/5/2013

Last visit 17/5/2013

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