In the aftermath of the Second World War and the Greek Civil War a new generation of Greek architects decisively moved away from tradition and sought to create a new language of architecture, in tune with the American and European tendencies of the "International Style", without relying on revivalist architectural styles of the past. This is the story of how a riverside land once at the outskirts of Athens was turned into the quintessential modernist utopia.
Walk in a nutshell
This 3-hour tour explores Athens’s diverse range of architectural styles from the 1960s to the present, detailing the social, economic, and political forces that shaped the modern cityscape. Gaze upward to the stripped down façade of the Athens Hilton, a showcase of capitalism meant to assert America's presence as a superpower through architectural modernism. Marvel at the utilitarian simplicity of the Athens Conservatoire. Admire post war apartments buildings dressed in gleaming marble and in between see pompous Neoclassical and Beaux Arts buildings.
Duration: 3 hours
Meeting point: Evangelismos metro station, just outside the Rizari Park exit
Image credit: Yannis Loizos