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The 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.


Stroll 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.


Walk duration: approx. 2h 30m
Meeting point: Side entrance to the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Stournari street. You will meet our local expert at the gate, exact location here

Areas Visited
Exarcheia • Neapoli • Kolonaki. 

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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