Anatolian Resonances
When Athens became capital of the newly independent Greek kingdom in 1834 Bavarian architects were in charge of tearing up streets and razing entire neighborhoods to provide space for wide avenues, parks, squares and public buildings. However, on this walk we follow those clues to locate unique samples of the Athenian vernacular architecture hidden in a maze of jasmine-scented alleys, visit a tiny islanders’ settlement nestled beneath the walls of the Acropolis and finally examine the reintroduction of regionalism by Dimitris Pikionis, an architect who during the ‘50s redesigned the approach to the Acropolis using local building traditions.

Difficulty Level : Somewhat steep with some stairs; moderate elevation gain.
Duration: 2.5 hours
Meeting point: Panepistimio metro station, just outside the Akademia exit
Areas Covered: The Athens neoclassical trilogy, the old town, the settlement of Anaphiotika, Philopappos Hill view

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