THE ATHENS TOWER
First on the list of the city's tallest buildings, the Athens Tower was also the first privately owned skyscraper of Athens. It was built on number 2-4 of Mesogeion Avenue during the years 1968-1971.
Until the beginning of the 60s, the 14storey-high Hilton Hotel was the tallest building of the capital. The tendency was to avoid the erection of tall buildings, either due not to rival the awe of the Acropolis, or because of the seismicity of the Attica ground. But, a developmental law passed during the Greek military junta (1967-1974) gave the excuse to the already successful construction company "Alivertis-Dimopoulos" (American and British Embassies, Eugenides Planetarium, etc) to erect a skyscraper. The plans belong to the architects Ioannis Vikelas and Ioannis Kybritis.
Therefore, the Tower of Athens is a 28storey glass tower of 103 m height, which is a successful imitation of the American counterpart prototypes and, with the passing of time, became the benchmark for similar commercial buildings in Athens. Adjacent to it, there is a lower building of 65 m height, and the entire site hosts offices and shops.
Unfortunately, this massive construction does not have an observation deck that is open to the public. Those of you who are true lovers of architecture and will not be denied the spectacular view that the Athens Tower has to offer, can possibly charm a receptionist in one of the higher up offices into a cup of coffee and a quick glance from any of their windows :)
The Athens Tower
Mesogeion Avenue 2-4
11527 Athens (Greece)
HOW TO GET THERE
BY BUS: 230, 550, 601, 603, A5, B5, G5, E14, X14, X95
TROLLEY: 3, 7, 8, 10, 13
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