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Refugee Houses of Nea Philadelphia

The Nea Philadelphia refugee settlement housed fire victims and refugees from Asia Minor and has been listed as a traditional settlement.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

    1923 Its construction began.

    1926 Completed.

    2001 Listed as traditional settlement.

  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 settlement was built to house refugees from Asia Minor after the Greek-Turkish war. It follows the standards of European garden cities, with ellipsoidal cuts in the street planning and low buildings. The facades of the buildings are symmetrical, as are the openings and balconies. We see a subtle mix of modernism (repetition of patterns), eclecticism (roofs) and folk architecture reminiscent of Smyrna (Izmir) houses. All residences have gardens. The original 579 buildings included 1720 houses of 7 different types: single houses, double houses, four- and eight-house buildings, T-, E- and Π-shaped buildings.

What I can't see

Until 1920, here was the small village of Podoniftis, named after the tributary of Kifissos River. It was designed as a model refugee settlement. Its first inhabitants were the fire victims of Ampelokipi. In the Athens earthquake of 1999, approximately 400 houses collapsed or were demolished, having suffered irreparable damage. Their construction material was mainly stone and for this reason the settlement suffered terrible damage from the two major earthquakes (1981, 1999). The risk of the settlement to collapse, due to earthquakes, and the pressures it was already under from new apartment buildings, lead to its listing as a traditional settlement, so that what remains can be saved.


Field observation by scientific editors


Municipality of Nea Philadelfia Nea Halkidona, (2022), Προσφυγικός Οικισμός, [Refugee settlement] in

Last visit 27/12/2022