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Greek Modernists


Conforming to the European trends during the fin-de-siècle and the wars that followed, Greece eventually adopted modernity in architecture, arts, literature. One of the most significant results of the Modernist Movement was that the functionality of the structures opened horizons for accessibility to a greater segment of the Athenian population from the early 1930s and throughout the 20th century.


Walk in a nutshell
Focusing on the neighborhoods of Exarcheia and Kolonaki, where an unusually rich collection of
modern edifices, apartment buildings and art galleries are found, discussion focuses on the efforts of the Greeks to combine international trends with a signature of local expression, as well as the subsequent critical reassessments and postmodern reactions.



Duration: 3 hours
Starting point: Exarcheia (exact meeting location provided upon booking)
Highlights: The National Technical University of Athens, Exarcheia square, Navarinou Park, Kolonaki district.
Language of delivery: English


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.


What’s Included 

  • Private guidance by a Big Olive field expert
  • All taxes, legal charges and processing fees.


Not included
Hotel pickup / drop-off (provided the hotel is in walking distance)
Meals, transfers and other personal expenses not mentioned above



  • 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 visit any archaeological sites.

The humble houses of the Greek Islands are the archetypes of our modern architecture” – Anastasios Orlandos, Professor of History at the NTUA

Images: Willy Rizzo -“Le Corbusier”; N. Hadjikyriakos-Ghika; The Blue Polykatoikia; G. Moralis