20th century Social Housing / Neos Cosmos


Neos Cosmos was one of the shantytowns that sprung up on the outskirts of Athens housing thousands of Greek and Armenian refugees fleeing Anatolia after the Greco-Turkish War of 1919–1922. Even today when empty Armenian churches and a decaying Bauhaus social housing complex bear the only witness to the refugee settlement that once was, new immigrant groups continue to find in the neighborhood a focus for acculturation to urban life.

Walk in a nutshell
This walk offers a view as to how the neighborhood came to be and brings to life the history and ethnic roots of its unique cultural mix. Your docent will lead you on a walk and discussion of a variety of sites including: the Armenian church, a kebab joint, the Bauhaus refugee residences, the lavishly impressive Onassis Cultural Center and a church of cast iron that once stood on the banks of the Seine.


Duration: 3 hours
Meeting point: Metro station ‘Syngrou Fix’
Language of delivery: English

What’s Included 

  • Meet & greet at Hotel (for hotels within walking distance from the start point)
  • Private guidance by a Big Olive field expert
  • All taxes, legal charges and processing fees.

Not included
Hotel drop-off
Meals, transfers and other personal expenses not mentioned above

Ratecard (The below rates are per group)

Small Group (1-6 persons)Average group (7-12 persons)Large group (13-20 persons)
280 €320 €340 €
For larger groups a second expert will be appointed. Please contact us at for a quote.


  • Rates vary according to group size and the duration of the walk.
  • This walk is available for private bookings only and allows further customization/theme adaptation
  • You can extend or reduce the duration of the walk (please contact us for a special quote based on your preferences).
  • This is a city walk – please equip yourself with comfortable shoes, a hat and sun-block. 
  • This walk will not enter any archaeological sites.

Despite the fact the Armenian quarter of Athens had been created out of the rubbish heap there was more charm and character to this little village than one usually finds in a modern city. It evoked books, paintings, dreams, legends.
Henry Miller, the Colossus of Maroussi.