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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. 

Feature public exhibits (optional stops)
Polytechneion (ASFA; NTUA)
Epigraphic Museum
National Archaeological Museum
N. Hadjikyriakos-Ghika Gallery, Benaki Museum


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

Book your walk

Pricing & Bookings
This study tour 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