Plaka, 8 things you didn’t know about ….
….the most beautiful neighbourhood in Athens!
Facing neighbourhoods that are directly linked to the history of the capital and contribute to the magic of Athens, perfect for scenic walks. Plaka, which can be found between the Acropolis, Syntagma Square and Monastiraki, is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Europe, with history dating back 3500 years!
• The iconic Greek taverna was born in Plaka
• Plaka is famous as the ‘neighbourhood of the Gods’ because it is directly under the sacred rock of the Acropolis
• Plaka is at the heart of carnival celebrations in Athens. Thousands of people stroll though its narrow streets in costume each year and the roads are filled with confetti and streamers.
• The Anafotika, take their name from the Anafiotes who were builders that arrived in Athens in the 1840s to build the castle of Othonas. It’s no surprise therefore that the small neighbourhood on the North East side of the Acropolis hill reminds us of the Cyclade islands.
• The buildings of Plaka, were declared as ‘listed buildings’ after the war. As a result, the area today is the only part of Athens where one can see such a huge area, exactly as it was more than 100 years ago.
• The archaeological finds at Plaka demonstrate a historical journey of more than 6000 years of civilisation.
• On Tholou Street one can see the first university of Greece. It is the Kapodistrian University of Athens which took its name from the first governor of the country, Ioannis Kapodistrias and was founded in 1837. Today it is home to the Historical Museum of Athens University.
• On Nikis Street the Jewish Museum is in operation. The artefacts there were saved during the 2nd World War, mainly art and documents of the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as a plethora of religious items and jewellery.