26 November 2014

Once upon a time in Athens


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 that 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 bust road today.
 I bet all drivers wish that it was more like the before picture!




Polytechnion, Athens



The Athens Polytechnion,
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.



2 comments:

  1. I, too, love looking at old photographs of cities.. I especially love old cities in Europe where the architecture doesn't change much, like Paris. Wishing you a beautiful Thanksgiving. xoxo, B

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    1. I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Brenda.
      No city comes close to the beautiful architecture of Paris, Something my Daughter said, sums it up: "It was so beautiful, it made me sad".
      Susan.x

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