Once upon a time in Athens Greece: Photos: Then and Now
Everybody just loves poring over old photographs, well, I know I do.
Even more so when I actually know the places depicted in the pictures.
After spending time this afternoon, looking at beautiful old pictures of Athens, I decided to share them with you.
It was difficult choosing from so many, I hope you like what I finally came up with.
They are all :
"Before and after"
Scroll away to your heart's content and enjoy!
Athens has become so built up, I don't think you would find sheep grazing there now.
This is Greece though, you never know!
Monastiraki looks much larger now but still has a lot of open space.
|Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier, Syntagma Square, Athens|
Digging underneath the parliament building in Syntagma square during the construction of: "The Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier"
Anyone who has toured around Athens, will recognise the second picture,
would they have known that the first is Plaka?
|Zonars coffee, shop,Athens|
Zonars coffee shop.
Posh then, and still very posh today!
|Drachma and Euros|
Ah, the Drachma, I think most Greeks wish that we had it back!
The ubiquitous kiosk, a little more variety today, sadly, they do seem to be disappearing, little "sell everything" shops are popping up all over.
|Amalias Street, Athens.|
Amelias street in the centre of Athens, much more traffic today but not many horses and carts!
|Emporikon Hotel Athens|
The Emporikon Hotel, Aiolou street.
What a shame that it has been left to rot.
A B Basilopoulos, the first supermarket in Greece, taking over from the local "Bakaliko" (grocers shop)
|Athens International Airport|
Athens International Airport, the first picture is 1957.
When I first arrived in 1977 it was much the same!
|Panapistimio Street, Athens|
Panapistimio street, a very busy street, then with pedestrians, now, with buses and taxis.
|Ploutarchou Street, Kolonaki, Athens|
Ploutarchou street, Kolonaki, the exclusive area of Athens.
The British Embassy was situated on this street.
|The Grand Bretagne Hotel, Syntagma Square, Athens|
The Grand Bretagne Hotel, Syntagma Square.
Not much change here, still the "Grand Old Dame" of Athens.
The Psiri area of Athens.
Very popular with young people now for its lively night life.
The area of Thission, just below the Acropolis, again, very built up now.
|Theatre of Dionyssus and Dionyssiou|
1903 Aerial view of the " Theatre of Dionyssus and Dionyssiou "
Under the Acropolis
|Syntagma Square (Constitution) Athens|
Syntagma (Constitution) Square.
Syngrou Avenue, a very busy road today, I bet all drivers wish that it was more like the before picture!
e Athens Polytechnic, the trees have grown!
|Lekavittos Street, Kolonaki, Athens|
Lekavittos street, Kolonaki.
|Hadrians Arch, Athens|
Hadrians Arch in the very center of Athens.
|Ermou Street. Athens|
Ermou street, the busiest shopping street in Athens.
|Corner of Ermou & Kapnikareas, Athens|
The corner of Ermou street and Kapnikareas,
|Caryatids house, Keramikos, Athens|
A house in Keramikos decorated with Caryatids.
The first picture is by Henri Cartier Bresson, a great photographer.
I hope you liked looking at the Athens of yesteryear as much as I did.