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.
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“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.
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Pricing & Bookings
This themed walk is currently only offered to private groups in English or in Greek, with the price on display being for the whole group (depending on its size). Kindly indicate the preferred date, starting time & participant number by filling the following form