Dexamenis or Selapitsari Park is an exemplary conversion of a quarry into a green space.
Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )
1911 Operated as a quarry.
1996 Recast began.
Ottoman era (1453- 1821)
Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)
Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)
Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)
Classical era (478-323 BC)
Archaic era (800-479 BC)
Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)
Prehistory (-1100 BC)
What I can see
This is a former quarry turned into a garden of organized cultivation with an emphasis on the colour of flowers and fruits. The pedestrian network gives the opportunity of movement throughout the area either on foot or by bicycle. The 4.3-acre park, in addition to trees and ornamental plants, features lawns, sports facilities, a chessboard, a playground, a 400-seat open theatre, an impressive sundial and coffee shops.
What I can't see
The name “Selapitsari” comes from the name of the hill, although the official name of the park is “Andreas Papandreou Park”. The space was designed by the architectural office of Panou, Theodorou, Nikopoulos and Papandreou, whose vision for the area won first prize in an architectural competition. Visitors to the park are cautioned to be especially careful while climbing the rocks, after a 16-year-old boy fell while taking a selfie.
http://www.attiko-prasino.gr/Default.aspx?tabid=319&language=el-GR Last visit 28/4/2018
Doumanis O.V., (ed.), (2004), Διαμόρφωση του πάρκου στο νταμάρι Σελαπίτσαρι, [Recreational Park at Selapitsari quarry, Keratsini, Piraeus], in Architecture in Greece, v.38, p.p. 95
Mpelavilas N., (2021), Ιστορία της πόλης του Πειραιά, 19ος και 20ος αιώνας, [The History of the City of Piraeus, 19th and 20th centuries], Alexandria Publication