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Larissa Metro Station- Athens Central Railway Station

The work of the artist Giannis Gaitis is the most characteristic part of the Larissa metro station.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

    1904 The central railway station was inaugurated. It was called Larissa Station, because the borders of Greece reached Larissa.

    1980 The original work was created between 1980-1981.

    2001 The project was installed and the station was inaugurated.

  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

The metro station received its name from the old name of the central railway station of Athens and is developed on two levels, those of the tickets and the platforms. On the first level, there are decorative works of art with old trains, wagons and wheels, which symbolically connect the metro station with the historic railway station. The most distinctive element of the station, however, is the decoration of the platforms with “Human Crowds” by Giorgos Gaitis, an important representative of modernism. The work consists of painted wood and represents 22 black and white cubist male figures on a red background. The figures are inexpressive and symbolize the mental loneliness of man, despite the fact that in the physical space he is surrounded by large crowds. The metal seats on either side of the work follow the logic of the sculpture, resulting in a single and harmonious whole.

What I can't see

Cubist male figures were Gaiti’s artistic hallmark. This particular work is a copy and was made with the permission of his daughter. The metro construction company wanted to highlight some of the country’s great artists through the decoration of the stations and this is why we see various works in most of the stations.


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Zivas D.A.., (2012), Αρχιτεκτονικός Οδηγός Αθηνών, [Architectural Guide of Athens], Cultural Foundation of Pireos Group


Field observation by scientific editors


Kokouvas G., (2011), Η τέχνη κάνει στάση… στο μετρό, [Art stops.. at the metro], in In2Life,

Τελευταία επίσκεψη 11/7/2023, Γιάννης Γαΐτης- Giannis Gaitis,

Last visit 11/7/2023