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Once upon a time in Athens Greece: Photos: Then and Now


Acropolis Athens
Acropolis Athens

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!

Acropolis Athens
Acropolis Athens

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, Athens
Monastiraki, Athens

Monastiraki looks much larger now but still has a lot of open space.

Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier, Syntagma Square, Athens
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"

Plaka, Athens
Plaka, Athens

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,Athens

Zonars  coffee shop.


Posh then, and still very posh today!

Drachma and Euros
Drachma and Euros

Ah, the Drachma, I think most Greeks wish that we had it back!


Greek kiosk
Greek kiosk
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.
Amalias Street, Athens.

Amelias street in the centre of Athens, much more traffic today but not many horses and carts!

Emporikon Hotel Athens
Emporikon Hotel Athens

The Emporikon Hotel, Aiolou street.

"Urban decay"

What a shame that it has been left to rot.

Basilopoulos Supermarket
Basilopoulos Supermarket

A B Basilopoulos, the first supermarket in Greece, taking over from the local  "Bakaliko" (grocers shop)

Athens International Airport
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, Athens

Panapistimio street, a very busy street, then with pedestrians, now, with buses and taxis.


Ploutarchou Street, Kolonaki, Athens
Ploutarchou Street, Kolonaki, Athens

Ploutarchou street, Kolonaki, the exclusive area of Athens.

The British Embassy was situated on this street.

Ploutarchou Street, Kolonaki, Athens
The Grand Bretagne Hotel, Syntagma Square, Athens


The Grand Bretagne Hotel, Syntagma Square.

Not much change here, still the "Grand Old Dame" of Athens.

Psiri, Athens
Psiri, Athens

The Psiri area of Athens.

 Very popular with young people now for its lively night life.

Thission, Athens
Thission, Athens


The area of Thission, just below the Acropolis, again, very built up now.


 Theatre of Dionyssus and Dionyssiou
Theatre of Dionyssus and Dionyssiou

1903 Aerial view of the " Theatre of Dionyssus and Dionyssiou "
Areopagitou street.

 Under the Acropolis

Syntagma Square (Constitution) Athens
Syntagma Square (Constitution) Athens

Syntagma (Constitution) Square.

Syngrou Athens
Syngrou Athens

Syngrou Avenue, a very busy road today, I bet all drivers wish that it was more like the before picture!

Polytechnion, Athens


e Athens Polytechnic, the trees have grown!

Lekavittos Street, Kolonaki, Athens
Lekavittos Street, Kolonaki, Athens


Lekavittos street, Kolonaki.

Lykavittos, Athens
Lykavittos, Athens


Lykavittos


Hadrians Arch, Athens
Hadrians Arch, Athens

Hadrians Arch in the very center of Athens.

Ermou Street. Athens
Ermou Street. Athens

Ermou street, the busiest shopping street in Athens.


Corner of Ermou & Kapnikareas, Athens
Corner of Ermou & Kapnikareas, Athens

The corner of Ermou street and Kapnikareas, 


Caryatids house, Keramikos, Athens
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.



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