Almost a century ago, 24-year-old Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, the future Le Corbusier, saw the Acropolis in Athens for the first time. This was an essential step in his ‘Voyage d’Orient’, a legendary journey to the East in search of the fundamentals of architecture. Le Corbusier will visit Athens again in 1933 during the fourth CIAM (International Congresses of Modern Architecture), in the wake of which prominent Greek architects established a close contact to the leading figures of Modernism.
Walk in a nutshell
This tour takes in fine examples of modernist architecture that began to appear courtesy of a school of architects who had drunk at the Le Corbusier table throughout their professional careers. Focusing on the boroughs of Exarchia and Kolonaki, where an unusually rich collection of modern buildings can be found, we will discuss the efforts of Greek architects to combine the contemporary international trends with a signature of Greek expression.
Walk duration: 3 hours
Meeting point: Side entrance to the National Technical University of Athens, exact location here.
Pricing & Bookings
This city walk is currently only offered to private groups in English or in Greek, with the price on display being for the whole group. Scroll down to select your group size and number of tours and book via our webshop. Use the calendar to specify the date and time you would like to take the tour. You will only be charged once the tour has been confirmed.
“The humble houses of the Greek Islands are the archetypes of our modern architecture”
Anastasios Orlandos, Professor of History at the NTUA