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Dimitriou Gounari Street

Dimitriou Gounari Street connects some of the most important monuments of the city.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1912 - )

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1912)

  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

Dimitriou Gounari Street is about one kilometer long, 700m of which is a pedestrian street, although not continuous. It starts from the seafront, intersects all the main streets of the city and ends at Agiou Dimitriou Street. It is one of the most beautiful routes in the city, as one can walk over centuries of history, next to rare ancient monuments, find him/herself among various kinds of stores, observe the architecturally interesting apartment buildings of the street and finally experience a rare combination of “yesterday” with “today”. Starting from the waterfront, the view of the imposing Rotunda is constant and seems to “define” the walker’s destination. On the reverse course, the gentle downhill slope gives us the opportunity to have a view of the sea during almost the whole way. The most important monuments on Dimitriou Gounari Street are the Rotunda, the Arch of Galerius (Kamara), the Church of the Ypapanti (Presentation) of Christ, the Galerius Palace Complex and the Church of Nea Panagia.

What I can't see

Aristotelous axis and Dimitriou Gounari Street are monumental axes of the city, due to their monumental wealth. Before it was paved, vehicular traffic was heavy and contributed to the city’s traffic problem. The name of the street comes from Dimitrios Gounaris (1867-1922), who was a royalist conservative politician, founder of the Nationalists party, served 3 times as prime minister and was among those sentenced to death for the Asia Minor Catastrophe.


Alikaniotis D. (2020), Η πολιτική και κοινωνική ιδεολογία του Δημητρίου Γούναρη, [The political and social ideology of Dimitrios Gounaris], Athens: Ammon Ekdotiki


Field observation by scientific editors