Athinas Street

Athinas Street

Athinas Street took its name from the goddess Athena, the goddess of wisdom, knowledge and art. The street stretches from Omonoia Square to Monastiraki Square and the Monastiraki Metro Station and it is 800 meters long.

It is difficult to find another place in the city with as much multiracial and multicultural gathering. The cheap food markets and Varvakeios Agora (the central market) make it a busy crossing. It is the biggest unofficial pedestrian precinct of Athens, because traffic is permitted, but practically there is great danger to find a pedestrian on your front bumper if you are not extremely careful.

During a walk on Athinas Street you can see many neoclassical buildings - real masterpieces - are preserved until present day and are worthy of admiration. The buildings that have been reclaimed and are in excellent condition are: Alpha Bank (at number 16) and the small church of 17th Century Agia Kyriaki. The hotel "Venice" on the corner of Evripidou and Athinas, the Athens Town Hall, built by the architect Panagis Kalkos, where inside there are remarkable frescoes by Kontoglou and Gounaropoulos.

The Theater Square, formerly called Dimarchias Square, used to house the best theater in Europe. In 1939, the Minister of Capital District (Mayor of Athens) Konstantinos Kotzias, demolished the building and gave its name to the square - Kotzia Square.

At number 58 on Athinas Street, is the renovated building of the Pension Fund, which was built in 1920. The facade is undercoated with mosaics inspired by Greek mythology. At the corners of Athinas Street and the Omonoia Square, there are 2 creations of Ernst Ziller, the hotels "M. Alexander" and "Bagkeion".