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{{about|the capital city of Greece|other uses|Athens (disambiguation)|other uses of Athina|Athina (disambiguation)}}{{redirect|Agrae|the town of ancient Pisidia|Agrae (Pisidia)}}{{pp-move-indef}}{{short description|Capital and largest city of Greece}}{{Use dmy dates|date=January 2019}}

List of sovereign states>Country| subdivision_name = {{GRC}}Geographic regions of Greece>Geographic region| subdivision_name1 = Central GreeceAdministrative regions of Greece>Administrative regionAttica (region)>AtticaRegional units of Greece>Regional unitCentral Athens (regional unit)>Central Athens| government_type = Mayor–council governmentNew Democracy}}List of mayors of Athens>Mayor| leader_name = Kostas Bakoyannis| parts_type = Districts| parts_style = para| p1 = 7| established_title = | established_date = | population_as_of = 2012| population_footnotes = | area_total_km2 = 38.964| population_total = 664,046| total_type = MunicipalityList of cities in Greece>1st urban, 1st metro in Greece| population_urban = 3,090,508| area_urban_km2 = 412| population_density_urban_km2 = autoWEBSITE=APPSSO.EUROSTAT.EC.EUROPA.EU, | area_metro_km2 = 2,928.717| population_density_metro_km2 = autoAthenian)East European Time>EET| utc_offset1 = +2Eastern European Summer Time>EEST| utc_offset1_DST = +3| elevation_min_m = 70.1| elevation_max_m = 338List of postal codes in Greece>Postal codes| postal_code = 10x xx, 11x xx, 120 xxTelephone numbers in Greece>Telephone| area_code = 21Vehicle registration plates of Greece>Yxx, Zxx, Ixx| blank_name_sec1 = Patron saint| blank_info_sec1 = Dionysius the Areopagite (3 October)| website =}}Athens ({{IPAc-en|ˈ|æ|θ|ɪ|n|z}} {{respell|ATH|inz}};BOOK, Longman pronunciation dictionary, John C., Wells, Longman, Harlow, England, 1990, 0-582-05383-8, 48, Athens, {{IPA-el|aˈθina||el-Αθήνα.ogg}}; (pl.) {{IPA-grc|atʰɛ̂ːnai̯|}}) is the capital and largest city of Greece. Athens dominates the Attica region and is one of the world's oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning over 3,400 yearsNEWS,weblink Ancient Tablet Found: Oldest Readable Writing in Europe, 1 April 2011, 18 September 2017, and its earliest human presence started somewhere between the 11th and 7th millennium BC.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, 2011-07-21, – Οι πρώτοι… Αθηναίοι,, July 2011, 26 October 2018, Classical Athens was a powerful city-state that emerged in conjunction with the seagoing development of the port of Piraeus. A center for the arts, learning and philosophy, home of Plato's Academy and Aristotle's Lyceum,WEB,, Contents and Principles of the Programme of Unification of the Archaeological Sites of Athens, Hellenic Ministry of Culture,weblink 31 December 2009, WEB, Greece uncovers 'holy grail' of Greek archeology, ((CNN & Associated Press)), CNN,weblink 16 January 1997, 28 March 2007,weblink" title="">weblink 6 December 2007, dead, dmy, it is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy,WEB,weblink Athens, Ancient Greek Athenai, historic city and capital of Greece. Many of classical civilization's intellectual and artistic ideas originated there, and the city is generally considered to be the birthplace of Western civilization, 31 December 2008, BBC History on Greek Democracy – Accessed on 26 January 2007 largely because of its cultural and political impact on the European continent, and in particular the Romans.weblink" title="">Encarta Ancient Greece from the Internet Archive– Retrieved on 28 February 2012. weblink" title="">Archived 31 October 2009. In modern times, Athens is a large cosmopolitan metropolis and central to economic, financial, industrial, maritime, political and cultural life in Greece.Athens is a global city and one of the biggest economic centres in southeastern Europe. It has a large financial sector, and its port Piraeus is both the largest passenger port in Europe,WEB, Port of the month: Piraeus Port Authority, 30 April 2014,weblink European Sea Ports Organisation V.Z.W./A.S.B.L. (ESPO), The Port of Piraeus is a port of large sizes. It is the largest passenger port and one of the largest commercial ports in Europe., BOOK, Qihao Weng, Global Urban Monitoring and Assessment through Earth Observation,weblink 23 May 2014, CRC Press, 978-1-4665-6450-3, 259, Piraeus port, the chief port in Greece and the largest passenger port in Europe,, WEB,weblink China Seeks Gateway to Europe with Greek Port, ((SPIEGEL ONLINE, Hamburg, Germany)), 9 April 2015, SPIEGEL ONLINE, WEB,weblink Piraeus by Maritime Database,, 27 December 2008, and the second largest in the world.WEB,weblink ANEK Lines – Piraeus, ANEK Lines,, 27 December 2008, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 3 December 2008, while at the same time being the sixth busiest passenger port in Europe.WEB,weblink The Busiest Passenger Ports In Europe, WorldAtlas, The Municipality of Athens (also City of Athens), which actually constitutes a small administrative unit of the entire city, had a population of 664,046 (in 2011)WEB,weblink Απογραφή Πληθυσμού – Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός, Hellenic Statistical Authority, Greek, within its official limits, and a land area of {{convert|38.96|km2|sqmi|2|abbr=on}}.WEB,weblink National Statistical Service of Greece, Population & housing census 2001 (incl. area and average elevation), el, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 21 September 2015, dmy, WEB,weblink Characteristics, Hellenic Interior Ministry,, 6 January 2007,weblink" title="">weblink 4 January 2007, dead, dmy, The urban area of Athens (Greater Athens and Greater Piraeus) extends beyond its administrative municipal city limits, with a population of 3,090,508 (in 2011)WEB,weblink ΕΛΣΤΑΤ Απογραφη 2011,, 22 August 2011, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 11 October 2011, over an area of {{convert|412|km2|sqmi|0|abbr=on}}. According to Eurostat]weblink in 2011, the functional urban area (FUA) of Athens was the 9th most populous FUA in the European Union (the 6th most populous capital city of the EU), with a population of 3.8 million people. Athens is also the southernmost capital on the European mainland.The heritage of the classical era is still evident in the city, represented by ancient monuments and works of art, the most famous of all being the Parthenon, considered a key landmark of early Western civilization. The city also retains Roman and Byzantine monuments, as well as a smaller number of Ottoman monuments. Athens is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Acropolis of Athens and the medieval Daphni Monastery. Landmarks of the modern era, dating back to the establishment of Athens as the capital of the independent Greek state in 1834, include the Hellenic Parliament and the so-called "architectural trilogy of Athens", consisting of the National Library of Greece, the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the Academy of Athens. Athens is also home to several museums and cultural institutions, such as the National Archeological Museum, featuring the world's largest collection of ancient Greek antiquities, the Acropolis Museum, the Museum of Cycladic Art, the Benaki Museum and the Byzantine and Christian Museum. Athens was the host city of the first modern-day Olympic Games in 1896, and 108 years later it welcomed home the 2004 Summer Olympics, making it one of only a handful of cities to have hosted the Olympics more than once.NEWS, Sentiment a factor as Athens gets 2004 Olympics,weblink ((CNN & Sports Illustrated)),, 5 September 1997, 28 March 2007, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 19 May 2008,


{{Further|Names of European cities in different languages: A}}File:Athena Varvakeion - MANA - Fidias.jpg|thumb|upright|Athena, patron goddess of Athens; (Varvakeion Athena, National Archaeological Museum)]]In Ancient Greek, the name of the city was (Athênai, {{IPA-grc|atʰɛ̂ːnai̯|pron}} in Classical Attic) a plural. In earlier Greek, such as Homeric Greek, the name had been current in the singular form though, as (Athḗnē).As for example in Od.7.80. It was possibly rendered in the plural later on, like those of (Thêbai) and (Μukênai). The root of the word is probably not of Greek or Indo-European origin,{{citation|last=Beekes|first=Robert S. P.|authorlink=Robert Beekes|title=Etymological Dictionary of Greek|publisher=Brill|location=Leiden and Boston|date=2009}} and is possibly a remnant of the Pre-Greek substrate of Attica. In antiquity, it was debated whether Athens took its name from its patron goddess Athena (Attic , Athēnâ, Ionic , Athḗnē, and Doric , Athā́nā) or Athena took her name from the city.{{citation|last=Burkert|first=Walter|authorlink=Walter Burkert|date=1985|title=Greek Religion|publisher=Harvard University Press|location=Cambridge, Massachusetts|isbn=0-674-36281-0|page=139|ref=harv}} Modern scholars now generally agree that the goddess takes her name from the city, because the ending -ene is common in names of locations, but rare for personal names. During the medieval period, the name of the city was rendered once again in the singular as . However, after the establishment of the modern Greek state, and partly due to the conservatism of the written language, {{IPA-el|aˈθine|}} became again the official name of the city and remained so until the abandonment of Katharevousa in the 1970s, when Ἀθήνα, Athína, became the official name.According to the ancient Athenian founding myth, Athena, the goddess of wisdom, competed against Poseidon, the God of the Seas, for patronage of the yet-unnamed city;{{citation|last=Kerényi|first=Karl|authorlink=Károly Kerényi|title=The Gods of the Greeks|publisher=Thames and Hudson|location=London, England|date=1951|isbn=0-500-27048-1|page=124|ref=harv|url-access=registration|url=}} they agreed that whoever gave the Athenians the better gift would become their patron and appointed Cecrops, the king of Athens, as the judge. According to the account given by Pseudo-Apollodorus, Poseidon struck the ground with his trident and a salt water spring welled up. In an alternative version of the myth from Vergil's Georgics, Poseidon instead gave the Athenians the first horse. In both versions, Athena offered the Athenians the first domesticated olive tree.BOOK, Garland, Robert, Ancient Greece: Everyday Life in the Birthplace of Western Civilization, 2008, Sterling, New York, 978-1-4549-0908-8, Cecrops accepted this gift and declared Athena the patron goddess of Athens.Different etymologies, now commonly rejected, were proposed during the 19th century. Christian Lobeck proposed as the root of the name the word (áthos) or (ánthos) meaning "flower", to denote Athens as the "flowering city". Ludwig von Döderlein proposed the stem of the verb , stem θη- (tháō, thē-, "to suck") to denote Athens as having fertile soil.Great Greek Encyclopedia, vol. II, Athens 1927, p. 30.In classical literature, the city was sometimes referred to as the City of the Violet Crown, first documented in Pindar's ἰοστέφανοι Ἀθᾶναι (iostéphanoi Athânai), or as (tò kleinòn ásty, "the glorious city"). In medieval texts, variant names include Setines, Satine, and Astines, all derivations involving false splitting of prepositional phrases.JOURNAL
, Bourne, Edward G.
, 1887
, The Derivation of Stamboul
, American Journal of Philology
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, 287478
, Today the caption (ī protévousa), "the capital", has become somewhat common.


File:Kylix Theseus Aison MNA Inv11365 n1.jpg|alt=|thumb|Tondo of the Aison Cup, showing the victory of Theseus over the Minotaur in the presence of Athena. Theseus was responsible, according to the myth, for the synoikismos ("dwelling together")—the political unification of AtticaAttica(File:ATTICA, Athens. Circa 545-525-15 BC.jpg|thumb|The earliest coinage of Athens, circa 545-525/15 BC)The oldest known human presence in Athens is the Cave of Schist, which has been dated to between the 11th and 7th millennia BC. Athens has been continuously inhabited for at least 7,000 years.S. Immerwahr, The Athenian Agora XIII: the Neolithic and Bronze Ages, Princeton 1971By 1400 BC the settlement had become an important centre of the Mycenaean civilization and the Acropolis was the site of a major Mycenaean fortress, whose remains can be recognised from sections of the characteristic Cyclopean walls.Iakovides, S. 1962. 'E mykenaïke akropolis ton Athenon'. Athens. Unlike other Mycenaean centers, such as Mycenae and Pylos, it is not known whether Athens suffered destruction in about 1200 BC, an event often attributed to a Dorian invasion, and the Athenians always maintained that they were pure Ionians with no Dorian element. However, Athens, like many other Bronze Age settlements, went into economic decline for around 150 years afterwards.File:Coat of Arms of the Duchy of Athens (de la Roche family).svg|alt=|left|thumb|upright|Coat of Arms of the Duchy of Athens during the rule of the de la Roche familyde la Roche familyIron Age burials, in the Kerameikos and other locations, are often richly provided for and demonstrate that from 900 BC onwards Athens was one of the leading centres of trade and prosperity in the region.Osborne, R. 1996, 2009. Greece in the Making 1200–479 BC. The leading position of Athens may well have resulted from its central location in the Greek world, its secure stronghold on the Acropolis and its access to the sea, which gave it a natural advantage over inland rivals such as Thebes and Sparta.File:Map athenian empire 431 BC-en.svg|thumb|Delian League, under the leadership of Athens before the Peloponnesian WarPeloponnesian WarBy the 6th century BC, widespread social unrest led to the reforms of Solon. These would pave the way for the eventual introduction of democracy by Cleisthenes in 508 BC. Athens had by this time become a significant naval power with a large fleet, and helped the rebellion of the Ionian cities against Persian rule. In the ensuing Greco-Persian Wars Athens, together with Sparta, led the coalition of Greek states that would eventually repel the Persians, defeating them decisively at Marathon in 490 BC, and crucially at Salamis in 480 BC. However, this did not prevent Athens from being captured and sacked twice by the Persians within one year, after a heroic but ultimately failed resistance at Thermopylae by Spartans and other Greeks led by King Leonidas,BOOK,weblink Nothing Less than Victory: Decisive Wars and the Lessons of History, 24 December 2014, 978-1400834303, Lewis, John David, 25 January 2010, after both Boeotia and Attica fell to the Persians.File:The Roman Agora of Athens with the Gate of Athena Arhegetis.jpg|left|thumb|The Roman Agora and the Gate of Athena in PlakaPlakaThe decades that followed became known as the Golden Age of Athenian democracy, during which time Athens became the leading city of Ancient Greece, with its cultural achievements laying the foundations for Western civilization. The playwrights Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides flourished in Athens during this time, as did the historians Herodotus and Thucydides, the physician Hippocrates, and the philosopher Socrates. Guided by Pericles, who promoted the arts and fostered democracy, Athens embarked on an ambitious building program that saw the construction of the Acropolis of Athens (including the Parthenon), as well as empire-building via the Delian League. Originally intended as an association of Greek city-states to continue the fight against the Persians, the league soon turned into a vehicle for Athens's own imperial ambitions. The resulting tensions brought about the Peloponnesian War (431–404 BC), in which Athens was defeated by its rival Sparta.By the mid-4th century BC, the northern Greek kingdom of Macedon was becoming dominant in Athenian affairs. In 338 BC the armies of Philip II defeated an alliance of some of the Greek city-states including Athens and Thebes at the Battle of Chaeronea, effectively ending Athenian independence. Later, under Rome, Athens was given the status of a free city because of its widely admired schools. The Roman emperor Hadrian, in the 2nd century CE, ordered the construction of a library, a gymnasium, an aqueduct which is still in use, several temples and sanctuaries, a bridge and financed the completion of the Temple of Olympian Zeus.By the end of Late Antiquity, the city experienced decline followed by recovery in the second half of the Middle Byzantine Period, in the 9th to 10th centuries CE, and was relatively prosperous during the Crusades, benefiting from Italian trade. After the Fourth Crusade the Duchy of Athens was established. In 1458 it was conquered by the Ottoman Empire and entered a long period of decline.File:Temple of Iupiter Olympios in Athens (1821).jpg|thumb|The Temple of Olympian Zeus with river Ilisos by Edward DodwellEdward DodwellFollowing the Greek War of Independence and the establishment of the Greek Kingdom, Athens was chosen as the capital of the newly independent Greek state in 1834, largely because of historical and sentimental reasons. At the time, it was reduced to a town of about 4,000 people in a loose swarm of houses along the foot of the Acropolis. The first King of Greece, Otto of Bavaria, commissioned the architects Stamatios Kleanthis and Eduard Schaubert to design a modern city plan fit for the capital of a state.The first modern city plan consisted of a triangle defined by the Acropolis, the ancient cemetery of Kerameikos and the new palace of the Bavarian king (now housing the Greek Parliament), so as to highlight the continuity between modern and ancient Athens. Neoclassicism, the international style of this epoch, was the architectural style through which Bavarian, French and Greek architects such as Hansen, Klenze, Boulanger or Kaftantzoglou designed the first important public buildings of the new capital. In 1896, Athens hosted the first modern Olympic Games. During the 1920s a number of Greek refugees, expelled from Asia Minor after the Greco-Turkish War, swelled Athens's population; nevertheless it was most particularly following World War II, and from the 1950s and 1960s, that the population of the city exploded, and Athens experienced a gradual expansion.File:Peter von Hess - The Entry of King Othon of Greece in Athens - WGA11387.jpg|thumb|The Entry of King Otto in Athens, Peter von HessPeter von HessFile:Athens Stadiou street 1908.jpg|left|thumb|The Stadiou StreetStadiou StreetIn the 1980s it became evident that smog from factories and an ever-increasing fleet of automobiles, as well as a lack of adequate free space due to congestion, had evolved into the city's most important challenge. A series of anti-pollution measures taken by the city's authorities in the 1990s, combined with a substantial improvement of the city's infrastructure (including the Attiki Odos motorway, the expansion of the Athens Metro, and the new Athens International Airport), considerably alleviated pollution and transformed Athens into a much more functional city. In 2004 Athens hosted the 2004 Summer Olympics.


Athens sprawls across the central plain of Attica that is often referred to as the Athens or Attica Basin (Greek: Λεκανοπέδιο Αττικής). The basin is bounded by four large mountains: Mount Aigaleo to the west, Mount Parnitha to the north, Mount Pentelicus to the northeast and Mount Hymettus to the east.WEB,weblink Focus on Athens, 18 March 2011, UHI Quarterly Newsletter, Issue 1, May 2009, page 2,, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 22 July 2013, dmy-all, Beyond Mount Aegaleo lies the Thriasian plain, which forms an extension of the central plain to the west. The Saronic Gulf lies to the southwest. Mount Parnitha is the tallest of the four mountains ({{convert|1413|m|ft|0|abbr=on}}),WEB,weblink Welcome!!!,, 10 June 2009, and has been declared a national park.Athens is built around a number of hills. Lycabettus is one of the tallest hills of the city proper and provides a view of the entire Attica Basin. The meteorology of Athens is deemed to be one of the most complex in the world because its mountains cause a temperature inversion phenomenon which, along with the Greek Government's difficulties controlling industrial pollution, was responsible for the air pollution problems the city has faced. This issue is not unique to Athens; for instance, Los Angeles and Mexico City also suffer from similar atmospheric inversion problems.BOOK, Tung, Anthony, The City the Gods Besieged, Preserving the World's Great Cities: The Destruction and Renewal of the Historic Metropolis, 2001, New York, Three Rivers Press, 0-609-80815-X, 266, The Cephissus river, the Ilisos and the Eridanos stream are the historical rivers of Athens.


File:Lycabetus hill from Areos park, Athens, Greece - panoramio.jpg|left|thumb|The Lycabettus Hill from the Pedion tou AreosPedion tou AreosBy the late 1970s, the pollution of Athens had become so destructive that according to the then Greek Minister of Culture, Constantine Trypanis, "...the carved details on the five the caryatids of the Erechtheum had seriously degenerated, while the face of the horseman on the Parthenon's west side was all but obliterated."NEWS,weblink Acropolis: Threat of Destruction,, Time Magazine, 31 January 1977, 3 April 2007, A series of measures taken by the authorities of the city throughout the 1990s resulted in the improvement of air quality; the appearance of smog (or nefos as the Athenians used to call it) has become less common.Measures taken by the Greek authorities throughout the 1990s have improved the quality of air over the Attica Basin. Nevertheless, air pollution still remains an issue for Athens, particularly during the hottest summer days. In late June 2007,NEWS,weblink As forest fires burn, suffocated Athens is outraged, Niki, Kitsantonis, 16 July 2007, 3 February 2008, International Herald Tribune, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 18 September 2007, the Attica region experienced a number of brush fires, including a blaze that burned a significant portion of a large forested national park in Mount Parnitha,PRESS RELEASE, el:Συνέντευξη Τύπου Γ. Σουφλιά για την Πάρνηθα, Hellenic Ministry for the Environment, Physical Planning, & Public Works, 18 July 2007,weblink .doc, Greek, 15 January 2008, Συνολική καμένη έκταση πυρήνα Εθνικού Δρυμού Πάρνηθας: 15.723 (Σύνολο 38.000),weblink" title="">weblink 16 February 2008, dead, dmy, considered critical to maintaining a better air quality in Athens all year round. Damage to the park has led to worries over a stalling in the improvement of air quality in the city.The major waste management efforts undertaken in the last decade (particularly the plant built on the small island of Psytalia) have greatly improved water quality in the Saronic Gulf, and the coastal waters of Athens are now accessible again to swimmers. In January 2007, Athens faced a waste management problem when its landfill near Ano Liosia, an Athenian suburb, reached capacity.NEWS,weblink Rot sets in as Athens's trash problem mounts, 30 January 2007, 10 February 2008, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 14 January 2009, The crisis eased by mid-January when authorities began taking the garbage to a temporary landfill.


Athens ranks in the lowest percentage for the risk on frequency and severity of terrorist attacks according to the EU Global Terrorism Database (EIU 2007-2016 calculations). The city also ranked 35th in Digital Security, 21st on Health Security, 29th on Infrastructure Security and 41st on Personal Security globally in a 2017 The Economist Intelligence Unit report.WEB,weblink SAFE CITIES INDEX 2017: Security in a rapidly urbanizing world, The Economist Intelligent Unit, 9 December 2017, 8 Feb 2018, It also ranks as a very safe city (39th globally out of 162 cities overall) on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.WEB,weblink Athens SAFETY INDEX, Safe Around, 1 September 2019, A 2019 crime index from Numbeo places Athens at 130th position, rating safer than Tampa, Florida or Dublin, Ireland.WEB,weblink Is Athens Safe? Areas to Avoid and Other Warnings, Mercer, 26 February 2019, 8 Feb 2019, According to a Mercer 2019 Quality of Living Survey, Athens ranks 89th on the Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranking.WEB,weblink Worldwide Quality of Living ranking 2019, Mercer, 13 March 2019, 8 Feb 2018,


Athens has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate (Köppen climate classification: Csa). The dominant feature of Athens’ climate is alternation between prolonged hot and dry summers and mild winters with moderate rainfall.WEB,weblink Founda D. (2011). "Evolution of the air temperature in Athens and evidence of climatic change: A review". Advances in Building Energy Research, 5,1, 7–41, With an average of {{convert|432|mm|in}} of yearly precipitation, rainfall occurs largely between the months of October and April. July and August are the driest months when thunderstorms occur sparsely. After Valletta in Malta, Athens is the warmest capital in Europe.Owing to the rain shadow of the Pindus Mountains, annual precipitation of Athens is lower than most other parts of Greece, especially western Greece. As an example, Ioannina receives around {{convert|1300|mm|0|abbr=on}} per year, and Agrinio around {{convert|800|mm|0|abbr=on}} per year. Daily average highs for July have been measured around {{convert|32|C|disp=or}}, but some parts of the city may be even hotter for the higher density of buildings, such as the center,WEB
, el:Το αρχείο του Θησείου
, Meteoclub
, Greek
, 5 August 2019, in particular, western areas due to a combination of industrialization and a number of natural factors, knowledge of which has existed since the mid-19th century.Κωνσταντίνος Μαυρογιάννης, Αθήναι (1981).Παρατηρήσεις επί του κλίματος των Αθηνών και της ενεργείας αυτού επί της ζωϊκής οικονομίας σελ 29.WEB,weblink 22 June 2007, ΕΡΓΟ ΑΝΑΒΑΘΜΙΣΗΣ ΔΙΥΛΙΣΤΗΡΙΟΥ ΕΛΕΥΣΙΝΑΣ, hpanitsidis, 3 October 2014, Giannopoulou K., Livada I., Santamouris M., Saliari M., Assimakopoulos M., Caouris Y.G. (2011). "On the characteristics of the summer urban heat island in Athens, Greece". Sustainable Cities and Society, 1, pp. 16–28.
Athens is affected by the urban heat island effect in some areas which is caused by human activity,Giannakopoulos C., Hatzai M., Kostopoulou E., McCarty M., Goodess C. (2010). "The impact of climate change and urban heat islands on the occurrence of extreme events in cities. The Athens case". Proc. of the 10th International Conference on Meteorology, Climatology and Atmospheric Physics, Patras, Greece, 25–28 May 2010, pp. 745–752.WEB,weblink European Space Agency ESA helps make summer in the city more bearable, 7 November 2010,weblink" title="">weblink 22 November 2010, live, dmy, altering its temperatures compared to the surrounding rural areas,Katsoulis B.D., Theoharatos G.A. (1985). "Indications of the Urban Heat Island in Athens, Greece". Journal of Applied Meteorology, vol. 24, Issue 12, pp.1296–1302Stathopoulou M., Cartalis C., Andritsos A. (2005)."Assessing the thermal environment of major cities in Greece". International Conference "Passive and Low Energy Cooling for the Built Environment", May 2005, Santorini, Greece, pp. 108–112.Kassomenos P.A. and Katsoulis B.D. (2006). "Mesoscale and macroscale aspects of the morning Urban Heat Island around Athens, Greece", Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics, 94, pp. 209–218.Santamouris M., Papanikolaou N., Livada I., Koronakis I., Georgakis A., Assimakopoulos D.N. (2001). "On the impact of urban climate on the energy consumption of buildings". Solar Energy, 70 (3): pp. 201–216. and leaving detrimental effects on energy usage, expenditure for cooling,Santamouris M. (1997). "Passive Cooling and Urban Layout". Interim Report, POLIS Research Project, European Commission, Directorate General for Science, Research and Development and human wellbeing and health.Santamouris M., Papanikolaou I., Livada I., Koronakis C., Georgakis C, Assimakopoulos D.N. (2001). "On the impact of Urban Climate to the Energy Consumption of Buildings". Solar Energy, 70, 3, pp. 201–216. and health. The urban heat island of the city has also been found to be partially responsible for alterations of the climatological temperature time-series of specific Athens meteorological stations, because of its impact on the temperatures and the temperature trends recorded by some meteorological stations.JOURNAL, Katsoulis, B., 1987, Indications of change of climate from the Analysis of air temperature time series in Athens, Greece, Climatic Change, 10, 1, 67–79, 10.1007/BF00140557, 1987ClCh...10...67K, JOURNAL, Repapis, C. C., Metaxas, D. A., 1985, The Possible influence of the urbanization in Athens city on the air temperature climatic fluctuations at the National Observatory, Proc. Of the 3rd Hellenic-British Climatological Congress, Athens, Greece 17–21 April 1985, 188–195, JOURNAL, Philandras, C. M., Metaxas, D. A., Nastos, P. T., 1999, Climate variability and Urbanization in Athens, Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 63, 1–2, 65–72, 10.1007/s007040050092, 1999ThApC..63...65P, JOURNAL, Philandras, C. M., Nastos, P. T., 2002, The Athens urban effect on the air temperature time series of the National Observatory of Athens and New Philadelphia stations, Proc. Of the 6th Hellenic Conference on Meteorology, Climatology and Atmospheric Physics, Ioannina Greece, 25–28 September 2002, 501–506, JOURNAL, Repapis, C. C., Philandras, C. M., Kalabokas, P. D., Zerefos, C. S., 2007, Is the last years abrupt warming in the National Observatory of Athens records a Climate Change Manifestation?, Global NEST Journal, 9, 2, 107–116, On the other hand, specific meteorological stations, such as the National Garden station and Thiseio meteorological station, are less affected or do not experience the urban heat island.JOURNAL, Livada, I., Santamouris, M., Niachou, K., Papanikolaou, N., Mihalakakou, G., 2002, Determination of places in the great Athens area where the heat island effect is observed, Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 71, 3–4, 219–230, 10.1007/s007040200006, 2002ThApC..71..219L, Athens holds the World Meteorological Organization record for the highest temperature ever recorded in Europe, at {{convert|48.0|C|F|1}}, which was recorded in the Elefsina and Tatoi suburbs of Athens on 10 July 1977.WEB,weblink World Meteorological Organization's World Weather & Climate Extremes Archive, Arizona State University website, World Meteorological Organization, Athens has one of the highest daily mean temperatures amongst the major European cities and capitals with {{convert|18.5|C|disp=or}}, as well as the lowest precipitation (~400 mm).{{Weather box|location= Elliniko, Athens (1955-1997)|metric first=yes|single line=yes|Jan high C=13.6|Feb high C=14.1|Mar high C=15.7|Apr high C=19.4|May high C=24.1|Jun high C=28.7|Jul high C=31.8|Aug high C=31.7|Sep high C=28.2|Oct high C=23.2|Nov high C=18.8|Dec high C=15.2|year high C=|Jan mean C=10.3|Feb mean C=10.6|Mar mean C=12.3|Apr mean C=15.9|May mean C=20.7|Jun mean C=25.2|Jul mean C=28.0|Aug mean C=27.8|Sep mean C=24.2|Oct mean C=19.5|Nov mean C=15.4|Dec mean C=12.0|year mean C=|Jan low C= 7.0|Feb low C= 7.1|Mar low C= 8.4|Apr low C=11.7|May low C=15.8|Jun low C=20.1|Jul low C=22.8|Aug low C=23.0|Sep low C=19.6|Oct low C=15.6|Nov low C=12.0|Dec low C= 8.8|year low C=|rain colour = green|Jan rain mm=48.3|Feb rain mm=40.9|Mar rain mm=39.7|Apr rain mm=26.0|May rain mm=15.2|Jun rain mm=5.6|Jul rain mm=5.2|Aug rain mm=7.0|Sep rain mm=9.6|Oct rain mm=47.8|Nov rain mm=55.4|Dec rain mm=64.1|Jan rain days=13.2|Feb rain days=11.8|Mar rain days=11.9|Apr rain days=9.7|May rain days=6.8|Jun rain days=3.7|Jul rain days=1.6|Aug rain days=1.8|Sep rain days=3.9|Oct rain days=8.9|Nov rain days=11.3|Dec rain days=13.7|year rain days=|Jan humidity=68.8|Feb humidity=68.0|Mar humidity=65.9|Apr humidity=62.6|May humidity=59.0|Jun humidity=52.8|Jul humidity=47.0|Aug humidity=47.1|Sep humidity=53.4|Oct humidity=62.1|Nov humidity=68.7|Dec humidity=70.2|year humidity=|Jan sun=158.1|Feb sun=168.0|Mar sun=189.1|Apr sun=225.0|May sun=303.8|Jun sun=360.0|Jul sun=384.4|Aug sun=359.6|Sep sun=252.0|Oct sun=198.4|Nov sun=144.0|Dec sun=105.4|year sun=|source = HNMS WEB,weblink Climatic Data for selected stations in Greece: Elliniko (Elliniko), 13 September 2019, }}{{Weather box|location = Nea Filadelfia, Athens (1955-1997)|metric first = yes|single line = yes|Jan high C = 12.5|Feb high C = 13.5|Mar high C = 15.7|Apr high C = 20.2|May high C = 26.0|Jun high C = 31.1|Jul high C = 33.5|Aug high C = 33.2|Sep high C = 29.2|Oct high C = 23.3|Nov high C = 18.1|Dec high C = 14.1|Jan mean C = 8.7|Feb mean C = 9.3|Mar mean C = 11.2|Apr mean C = 15.3|May mean C = 20.7|Jun mean C = 25.6|Jul mean C = 28.0|Aug mean C = 27.4|Sep mean C = 23.3|Oct mean C = 18.1|Nov mean C = 13.7|Dec mean C = 10.3|Jan low C = 5.2|Feb low C = 5.4|Mar low C = 6.7|Apr low C = 9.6|May low C = 13.9|Jun low C = 18.2|Jul low C = 20.8|Aug low C = 20.7|Sep low C = 17.3|Oct low C = 13.4|Nov low C = 9.8|Dec low C = 6.8|precipitation colour = green|Jan precipitation mm = 56.9|Feb precipitation mm = 46.7|Mar precipitation mm = 40.7|Apr precipitation mm = 30.8|May precipitation mm = 22.7|Jun precipitation mm = 10.6|Jul precipitation mm = 5.8|Aug precipitation mm = 6.0|Sep precipitation mm = 13.9|Oct precipitation mm = 52.6|Nov precipitation mm = 58.3|Dec precipitation mm = 69.1|Jan precipitation days = 12.6|Feb precipitation days = 10.4|Mar precipitation days = 10.2|Apr precipitation days = 8.1|May precipitation days = 6.2|Jun precipitation days = 3.7|Jul precipitation days = 1.9|Aug precipitation days = 1.7|Sep precipitation days = 3.3|Oct precipitation days = 7.2|Nov precipitation days = 9.7|Dec precipitation days = 12.1|Jan humidity = 74.5|Feb humidity = 72.2|Mar humidity = 68.8|Apr humidity = 61.7|May humidity = 53.9|Jun humidity = 46.1|Jul humidity = 43.1|Aug humidity = 45.3|Sep humidity = 53.7|Oct humidity = 66.1|Nov humidity = 74.3|Dec humidity = 76.1|source =HNMSWEB,weblink Climate: Nea Filadelfia, Attiki (Greece), 9 January 2019, }}{{Weather box|location = Downtown Athens (2001–2018), Extremes (1890-present)|metric first = yes|single line = yes|Jan high C = 13.7|Feb high C = 14.5|Mar high C = 17.6|Apr high C = 21.6|May high C = 27.0|Jun high C = 31.8|Jul high C = 34.9|Aug high C = 34.8|Sep high C = 29.9|Oct high C = 24.2|Nov high C = 19.2|Dec high C = 14.6|year high C = 23.6|Jan mean C = 10.5|Feb mean C = 11.2|Mar mean C = 13.8|Apr mean C = 17.2|May mean C = 22.2|Jun mean C = 26.9|Jul mean C = 29.8|Aug mean C = 29.9|Sep mean C = 25.3|Oct mean C = 20.3|Nov mean C = 15.8|Dec mean C = 11.6|year mean C = 19.5|Jan low C = 7.4|Feb low C = 7.8|Mar low C = 10.0|Apr low C = 12.8|May low C = 17.5|Jun low C = 21.9|Jul low C = 24.8|Aug low C = 24.9|Sep low C = 20.7|Oct low C = 16.4|Nov low C = 12.4|Dec low C = 8.7|year low C = 15.4|Jan record high C = 22.6|Feb record high C = 25.3 |Mar record high C = 28.9 |Apr record high C = 32.2|May record high C = 36.7 |Jun record high C = 44.8 |Jul record high C = 43.0 |Aug record high C = 42.6|Sep record high C = 38.6 |Oct record high C = 36.5|Nov record high C = 30.5|Dec record high C = 22.9 |year record high C = 44.8|Jan record low C = -6.5|Feb record low C = -5.7|Mar record low C = -2.6|Apr record low C = 1.7|May record low C = 6.2|Jun record low C = 11.8|Jul record low C = 16|Aug record low C = 15.5|Sep record low C = 8.9|Oct record low C = 5.9|Nov record low C = -1.1|Dec record low C = -4|year record low C = -6.5|Jan rain mm = 56.9|Feb rain mm = 52.1|Mar rain mm = 38.6|Apr rain mm = 23.1|May rain mm = 20.2|Jun rain mm = 14.9|Jul rain mm = 12.6|Aug rain mm = 4.2|Sep rain mm = 17.6|Oct rain mm = 42.6|Nov rain mm = 70.5|Dec rain mm = 78.8|year sun=|source = Meteoclubweblink}}



File:Atenas, Tumba del Soldado Desconocido 3.jpg|alt=|thumb|Changing of the Greek Presidential Guard in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Syntagma SquareSyntagma SquareThe municipality of Athens, the city centre of the Athens Urban Area, is divided into several districts: Omonoia, Syntagma, Exarcheia, Agios Nikolaos, Neapolis, Lykavittos, Lofos Strefi, Lofos Finopoulou, Lofos Filopappou, Pedion Areos, Metaxourgeio, Aghios Kostantinos, Larissa Station, Kerameikos, Psiri, Monastiraki, Gazi, Thission, Kapnikarea, Aghia Irini, Aerides, Anafiotika, Plaka, Acropolis, Pnyka, Makrygianni, Lofos Ardittou, Zappeion, Aghios Spyridon, Pangrati, Kolonaki, Dexameni, Evaggelismos, Gouva, Aghios Ioannis, Neos Kosmos, Koukaki, Kynosargous, Fix, Ano Petralona, Kato Petralona, Rouf, Votanikos, Profitis Daniil, Akadimia Platonos, Kolonos, Kolokynthou, Attikis Square, Lofos Skouze, Sepolia, Kypseli, Aghios Meletios, Nea Kypseli, Gyzi, Polygono, Ampelokipoi, Panormou-Gerokomeio, Pentagono, Ellinorosson, Nea Filothei, Ano Kypseli, Tourkovounia-Lofos Patatsou, Lofos Elikonos, Koliatsou, Thymarakia, Kato Patisia, Treis Gefyres, Aghios Eleftherios, Ano Patisia, Kypriadou, Menidi, Prompona, Aghios Panteleimonas, Pangrati, Goudi, Vyronas and Ilisia.
  • Omonoia, Omonoia Square, () is the oldest square in Athens. It is surrounded by hotels and fast food outlets, and contains a train station used by the Athens Metro and the Ilektrikos, named Omonoia station. The square is the focus for celebration of sporting victories, as seen after the country's winning of the Euro 2004 and the EuroBasket 2005 tournaments.(File:20090801 athina04.jpg|thumb|Aiolou Street in the Centre. On the left is the building of the National Bank of Greece.)
  • Metaxourgeio () is a neighborhood of Athens. The neighborhood is located north of the historical centre of Athens, between Kolonos to the east and Kerameikos to the west, and north of Gazi. Metaxourgeio is frequently described as a transition neighborhood. After a long period of abandonment in the late 20th century, the area is acquiring a reputation as an artistic and fashionable neighborhood following the opening of art galleries, museums, restaurants and cafés. [1] Local efforts to beautify and invigorate the neighborhood have reinforced a sense of community and artistic expression. Anonymous art pieces containing quotes and statements in both English and Ancient Greek have sprung up throughout the neighborhood, bearing statements such as "Art for art's sake" (Τέχνη τέχνης χάριν). Guerrilla gardening has also helped to beautify the area.(File:Kolonaki Square 2.jpg|thumb|Apartment buildings near Kolonaki Square.)
  • Psiri and Gazi – The reviving Psiri () neighbourhood – also known as Athens's "meat packing district" – is dotted with renovated former mansions, artists' spaces, and small gallery areas. A number of its renovated buildings also host fashionable bars, making it a hotspot for the city in the last decade, while live music restaurants known as "rebetadika", after rebetiko, a unique form of music that blossomed in Syros and Athens from the 1920s until the 1960s, are to be found. Rebetiko is admired by many, and as a result rebetadika are often crammed with people of all ages who will sing, dance and drink till dawn.
  • The Gazi () area, one of the latest in full redevelopment, is located around a historic gas factory, now converted into the Technopolis cultural multiplex, and also includes artists' areas, small clubs, bars and restaurants, as well as Athens's "Gay village". The metro's expansion to the western suburbs of the city has brought easier access to the area since spring 2007, as the blue line now stops at Gazi (Kerameikos station).
  • Syntagma, Syntagma Square, (/Constitution Square), is the capital's central and largest square, lying adjacent to the Greek Parliament (the former Royal Palace) and the city's most notable hotels. Ermou Street, an approximately {{convert|1|km|mi|spell=in|abbr=off|adj=mid|-long}} pedestrian road connecting Syntagma Square to Monastiraki, is a consumer paradise for both Athenians and tourists. Complete with fashion shops and shopping centres promoting most international brands, it now finds itself in the top five most expensive shopping streets in Europe, and the tenth most expensive retail street in the world.WEB,weblink Cushman & Wakefield – Global real estate solutions – News & Events,, 25 October 2006, 21 March 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 27 September 2007, Nearby, the renovated Army Fund building in Panepistimiou Street includes the "Attica" department store and several upmarket designer stores.(File:Πλάκα 6552.jpg|thumb|Neoclassical Houses in the historical neighbourhood of Plaka.)
  • Plaka, Monastiraki, and Thission – Plaka (), lying just beneath the Acropolis, is famous for its plentiful neoclassical architecture, making up one of the most scenic districts of the city. It remains a prime tourist destination with tavernas, live performances and street salesmen. Nearby Monastiraki (), for its part, is known for its string of small shops and markets, as well as its crowded flea market and tavernas specialising in souvlaki. Another district known for its student-crammed, stylish cafés is Theseum or Thission (), lying just west of Monastiraki. Thission is home to the ancient Temple of Hephaestus, standing atop a small hill. This area also has a picturesque 11th-century Byzantine church, as well as a 15th-century Ottoman mosque.
  • Exarcheia (), located north of Kolonaki, is the location of the city's anarchist scene and as a student quarter with cafés, bars and bookshops. Exarcheia is home to the Athens Polytechnic and the National Archaeological Museum; it also contains important buildings of several 20th-century styles: Neoclassicism, Art Deco and Early Modernism (including Bauhaus influences).{{Citation needed|date=June 2009}}
  • Kolonaki () is the area at the base of Lycabettus hill, full of boutiques catering to well-heeled customers by day, and bars and more fashionable restaurants by night, with galleries and museums. This is often regarded as one of the more prestigious areas of the capital.

Parks and zoos

File:20140410 60 Athens National Gardens (13824726745).jpg|alt=|thumb|The entrance of the National Gardens, commissioned by Queen Amalia in 1838 and completed by 1840]]Parnitha National Park is punctuated by well-marked paths, gorges, springs, torrents and caves dotting the protected area. Hiking and mountain-biking in all four mountains are popular outdoor activities for residents of the city. The National Garden of Athens was completed in 1840 and is a green refuge of 15.5 hectares in the centre of the Greek capital. It is to be found between the Parliament and Zappeion buildings, the latter of which maintains its own garden of seven hectares.Parts of the city centre have been redeveloped under a masterplan called the Unification of Archeological Sites of Athens, which has also gathered funding from the EU to help enhance the project.WEB,weblink Eaxa :: Ενοποιηση Αρχαιολογικων Χωρων Αθηνασ Α.Ε,, 21 March 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 28 February 2009, live, dmy, The landmark Dionysiou Areopagitou Street has been pedestrianised, forming a scenic route. The route starts from the Temple of Olympian Zeus at Vasilissis Olgas Avenue, continues under the southern slopes of the Acropolis near Plaka, and finishes just beyond the Temple of Hephaestus in Thiseio. The route in its entirety provides visitors with views of the Parthenon and the Agora (the meeting point of ancient Athenians), away from the busy city centre.The hills of Athens also provide green space. Lycabettus, Philopappos hill and the area around it, including Pnyx and Ardettos hill, are planted with pines and other trees, with the character of a small forest rather than typical metropolitan parkland. Also to be found is the Pedion tou Areos (Field of Mars) of 27.7 hectares, near the National Archaeological Museum.Athens' largest zoo is the Attica Zoological Park, a 20-hectare (49-acre) private zoo located in the suburb of Spata. The zoo is home to around 2000 animals representing 400 species, and is open 365 days a year. Smaller zoos exist within public gardens or parks, such as the zoo within the National Garden of Athens.

Urban and suburban municipalities

File:Βίλα Ατλαντίς 3473.jpg|alt=|thumb|View of Vila Atlantis, in Kifissia, designed by Ernst ZillerErnst ZillerFile:Alimos - panoramio (33).jpg|alt=|thumb|Beach in the southern suburb of AlimosAlimosThe Athens Metropolitan Area consists of 58 densely populated municipalities, sprawling around the municipality of Athens (the city centre) in virtually all directions. For the Athenians, all the urban municipalities surrounding the city centre are called suburbs. According to their geographic location in relation to the City of Athens, the suburbs are divided into four zones; the northern suburbs (including Agios Stefanos, Dionysos, Ekali, Nea Erythraia, Kifissia, Maroussi, Pefki, Lykovrysi, Metamorfosi, Nea Ionia, Nea Filadelfeia, Irakleio, Vrilissia, Melissia, Penteli, Chalandri, Agia Paraskevi, Galatsi, Psychiko and Filothei); the southern suburbs (including Alimos, Nea Smyrni, Moschato, Kallithea, Agios Dimitrios, Palaio Faliro, Elliniko, Glyfada, Argyroupoli, Ilioupoli, Voula and Vouliagmeni); the eastern suburbs (including Zografou, Dafni, Vyronas, Kaisariani, Cholargos and Papagou); and the western suburbs (including Peristeri, Ilion, Egaleo, Koridallos, Agia Varvara, Chaidari, Petroupoli, Agioi Anargyroi and Kamatero).The Athens city coastline, extending from the major commercial port of Piraeus to the southernmost suburb of Varkiza for some {{convert|25|km|mi|-1|abbr=on}},WEB,weblink Distance between Piraeus (Attiki) and Varkiza (Piraios Nomos) (Greece),, 9 December 2007, 9 June 2009, is also connected to the city centre by a tram.In the northern suburb of Maroussi, the upgraded main Olympic Complex (known by its Greek acronym OAKA) dominates the skyline. The area has been redeveloped according to a design by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, with steel arches, landscaped gardens, fountains, futuristic glass, and a landmark new blue glass roof which was added to the main stadium. A second Olympic complex, next to the sea at the beach of Palaio Faliro, also features modern stadia, shops and an elevated esplanade. Work is underway to transform the grounds of the old Athens Airport – named Elliniko – in the southern suburbs, into one of the largest landscaped parks in Europe, to be named the Hellenikon Metropolitan Park.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, 8 April 2004, Hellenic Ministry of the Environment and Public Works, Hellenikon Metropolitan Park Competition, 3 January 2007,, Many of the southern suburbs (such as Alimos, Palaio Faliro, Elliniko, Glyfada, Voula, Vouliagmeni and Varkiza) known as the Athens Riviera, host a number of sandy beaches, most of which are operated by the Greek National Tourism Organisation and require an entrance fee. Casinos operate on both Mount Parnitha, some {{convert|25|km|mi|0|abbr=on}}NEWS,weblink Europe | Greek forest fire close to Athens, BBC News, 29 June 2007, 9 June 2009, from downtown Athens (accessible by car or cable car), and the nearby town of Loutraki (accessible by car via the Athens – Corinth National Highway, or the suburban rail service Proastiakos).{{wide image|2009-02-19 Yachthafen Glyfada 03.jpg|650px|Coastline of Palaio Faliro}}


File:Συνάντηση με τον Δήμαρχο Αθηναίων, Γιώργο Καμίνη.jpg|left|thumb|The mayor of Athens Giorgos Kaminis (right) with the ex Prime Minister of Greece, George Papandreou Jr.(left).]]The large City Centre of the Greek capital falls directly within the municipality of Athens, which is the largest in population size in Greece. PiraeusWEB,weblink Distance between Athens, Greece and Piraeus, Greece,, 9 December 2007, 8 Feb 2018, also forms a significant city centre on its own, within the Athens Urban Area and being the second largest in population size within it, with Peristeri, Kallithea and kypseli following.

Athens Urban Area

File:Attica 06-13 Athens 36 View from Lycabettus.jpg|alt=|thumb|View of the Athens urban area and the Saronic GulfSaronic GulfThe Athens Urban Area today consists of 40 municipalities, 35 of which make up what is referred to as the Greater Athens municipalities, located within 4 regional units (North Athens, West Athens, Central Athens, South Athens); and a further 5, which make up the Greater Piraeus municipalities, located within the regional unit of Piraeus as mentioned above. The densely built up urban area of the Greek capital sprawls across {{convert|412|km2|sqmi|0|abbr=on}} throughout the Attica Basin and has a total population of 3,074,160 (in 2011).The Athens municipality forms the core and center of Greater Athens, which consists of the Athens municipality and 34 more municipalities, divided in four regional units (Central, North, South and West Athens), accounting for 2,641,511 people (in 2011) within an area of {{convert|361|km2|sqmi|0|abbr=on}}. Until 2010, these four regional units made up the abolished Athens Prefecture. The municipality of Piraeus, the historic Athenian port, with its 4 suburban municipalities make up the regional unit of Piraeus, which in turn forms Greater Piraeus.Greater Athens and Greater Piraeus with part of EastConcise Statistical Yearbook of Greece 2001 page 38, National Statistical Service of Greeceweblink and West Atticweblink regional units combined make up the continuous built up Athens Urban Area (),Monthly Statistical Bulletin Monthly Statistical Bulletin December 2012, Hellenic Statistical Authority, page 64weblink Yearbook of Greece 2001 page 72, National Statistical Service of Greeceweblink also called the Urban Area of the Capital () or simply Athens (the most common use of the term), spanning over {{convert|412|km2|sqmi|0|abbr=on}},WEB,weblink Kallikratis reform law text, with a population of 3,090,508 people as of 2011. The Athens Urban Area is considered to form the city of Athens as a whole, despite its administrative divisions, which is the largest in Greece and one of the most populated urban areas in Europe.{|class="wikitable" style="text-align:center; font-size:90%; margin-left:1em" |+ Municipalities of Greater Athens{|style="width: 100%; font-size: 80%;"Central Athens (regional unit)>Central Athens: 1. City of Athens 2. Dafni-Ymittos 3. Ilioupoli 4. Vyronas 5. Kaisariani 6. Zografou 7. Galatsi 8. Filadelfeia-Chalkidona{|style="width: 100%; font-size: 80%;"West Athens (regional unit)>West Athens:|29. Egaleo|30. Agia Varvara|31. Chaidari|32. Peristeri|33. PetroupoliIlio, Greece>Ilion|35. Agioi Anargyroi-Kamatero(File:Athens Municipalities g2.jpg|400px){|style="width: 100%; font-size: 80%;"North Athens (regional unit)>North Athens:|9. Nea IoniaIrakleio, Attica>Irakleio|11. Metamorfosi|12. Lykovrysi-Pefki|13. KifissiaPenteli, Greece>Penteli|15. Marousi|16. Vrilissia|17. Agia Paraskevi|18. Papagou-Cholargos|19. Chalandri|20. Filothei-Psychiko{|style="width: 100%; font-size: 80%;"South Athens (regional unit)>South Athens:21. Glyfada 22. Elliniko-Argyroupoli 23. Alimos 24. Agios Dimitrios 25. Nea Smyrni 26. Palaio Faliro 27. Kallithea 28. Moschato-Tavros{|class="wikitable" style="text-align:center; font-size:90%; margin-left:1em" |+ Athens Urban Area{|style="width: 100%; font-size: 80%;"Regional units of Greece>Regional units:Central Athens (regional unit)>Central Athens:*{{Legend0Athens municipality}}*{{Legend0Other municipalities}}#1E90FFNorth Athens (regional unit)>North Athens}}#FFFACDSouth Athens (regional unit)>South Athens}}#66CDAAWest Athens (regional unit)>West Athens}}#A0522DPiraeus (regional unit)>Piraeus}}(File:Athens-Piraeus Conglomeration.svg|400px)

Athens Metropolitan Area

File:Filopappou Hill or Hill of the Muses in Athens.jpg|thumb|View of Athens and the Saronic Gulf from the Philopappou Hill.]]The Athens Metropolitan Area spans {{convert|2928.717|km2|sqmi|0|abbr=on}} within the Attica region and includes a total of 58 municipalities, which are organized in 7 regional units (those outlined above, along with East Attica and West Attica), having reached a population of 3,737,550 based on the preliminary results of the 2011 census. Athens and Piraeus municipalities serve as the two metropolitan centres of the Athens Metropolitan Area.MASTER PLAN FOR ATHENS AND ATTICA 2021, pg 13, 24, 27, 33, 36, 89 {{webarchive|url= |date=21 March 2012 }} There are also some inter-municipal centres serving specific areas. For example, Kifissia and Glyfada serve as inter-municipal centres for northern and southern suburbs respectively.


(File:Η Αθήνα από ψηλά.jpg|right|thumb|The Athens Urban Area within the Attica Basin from space)(File:Population Density in Athens.PNG|thumb|Athens population distribution)

Population in modern times

(File:Athens districts numbered.svg|thumb|upright=0.9|The seven districts of the Athens municipality)The municipality of Athens has an official population of 664,046 people. The four regional units that make up what is referred to as Greater Athens have a combined population of 2,640,701. They together with the regional unit of Piraeus (Greater Piraeus) make up the dense Athens Urban Area which reaches a total population of 3,090,508 inhabitants (in 2011). As Eurostat the FUA of Athens had in 2013 3,828,434 inhabitants, being apparently decreasing compared with the pre-economic crisis date of 2009 (4,164,175)The municipality (City) of Athens is the most populous in Greece, with a population of 664,046 people (in 2011) and an area of {{convert|38.96|km2|sqmi|2|abbr=on}}, forming the core of the Athens Urban Area within the Attica Basin. The incumbent Mayor of Athens is Kostas Bakoyannis of New Democracy. The municipality is divided into seven municipal districts which are mainly used for administrative purposes.As of the 2011 census, the population for each of the seven municipal districts of Athens is as follows:WEB,weblink PAGE-themes,, 3 October 2014, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 6 October 2014,
  • 1st: 75,810
  • 2nd: 103,004
  • 3rd: 46,508
  • 4th: 85,629
  • 5th: 98,665
  • 6th: 130,582
  • 7th: 123,848
For the Athenians the most popular way of dividing the city proper is through its neighbourhoods such as Pagkrati, Ambelokipi, Exarcheia, Patissia, Ilissia, Petralona, Koukaki and Kypseli, each with its own distinct history and characteristics.

Population of the Athens Metropolitan Area

The Athens Metropolitan Area, with an area of {{convert|2928.717|km2|sqmi|0|abbr=on}} and inhabited by 3,753,783 people in 2011, consists of the Athens Urban Area with the addition of the towns and villages of East and West Attica, which surround the dense urban area of the Greek capital. It actually sprawls over the whole peninsula of Attica, which is the best part of the region of Attica, excluding the islands.{|class="wikitable"!colspan="5"|Classification of regional units within Greater Athens, Athens Urban Area and Athens Metropolitan Area ! Regional unit! Population (2011)! !!Central Athens (regional unit)>Central Athens 1,029,520 Greater Athens2,641,511 Athens Urban Area3,090,508 Athens Metropolitan Area3,753,783North Athens (regional unit)>North Athens 592,490South Athens (regional unit)>South Athens 529,826West Athens (regional unit)>West Athens 489,675Piraeus (regional unit)>Piraeus 448,997 Greater Piraeus448,997| East Attica 502,348| West Attica 160,927

Population in ancient times

Mycenean Athens in 1600–1100 BC could have reached the size of Tiryns; that would put the population at the range of 10,000 – 15,000.BOOK, Citadel to City-State: The Transformation of Greece, 1200-700 B.C.E., Thomas, C.G., Conant, C., 2009, Indiana University Press, 978-0-253-00325-6,weblink 65, During the Greek Dark Ages the population of Athens was around 4,000 people. In 700 BC the population grew to 10,000. In 500 BC the area probably contained 200,000 people. During the classical period the city's population is estimated from 150,000–350,000 and up to 610,000 according to Thucydides. When Demetrius of Phalerum conducted a population census in 317 BC the population was 21,000 free citizens, plus 10,000 resident aliens and 400,000 slaves. This suggests a total population of 431,000.WEB,weblink 12 December 2005, The growth of Greek cities in the first millennium BC, Ian Morris, 3 October 2014, BOOK, Urbanism in the Preindustrial World: Cross-Cultural Approaches, Storey, G., 2006, University of Alabama Press, 978-0-8173-5246-2,weblink 37, BOOK, Sophocles and the Tragedy of Athenian Democracy, Beer, J., 2004, Praeger, 978-0-313-28946-0,weblink 4, BOOK, After Collapse: The Regeneration of Complex Societies, Schwartz, G.M., Nichols, J.J., 2010, University of Arizona Press, 978-0-8165-2936-0,weblink 80, WEB,weblink 9 December 2008, Urban History of Athens, 3 October 2014, BOOK, Marathon Fighters and Men of Maple: Ancient Acharnai, Kellogg, D.L., 2013, OUP Oxford, 978-0-19-166386-4,weblink 36, BOOK, Three Studies in Athenian Demography, Hansen, M.H., 1988, Commissioner, Munksgaard, 9788773041895,weblink 7, BOOK, Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece, Wilson, N., 2013, Taylor & Francis, 978-1-136-78800-0,weblink 214, BOOK, The Regime of Demetrius of Phalerum in Athens, 317–307 BCE: A Philosopher in Politics, O'Sullivan, L., 2009, Brill, 9789004178885,weblink 110, This figure is highly suspect because of the lopsided number of slaves and does not include free women and children and resident foreigners: an estimated based on Thucydides is: 40,000 male citizens, 100,000 family members, 70,000 metics (resident foreigners) and 150,000-400,000 slaves. However the numbers would include Attica and not just Athens the city.The ancient site of Athens is centred on the rocky hill of the acropolis. In ancient times the port of Piraeus was a separate city, but it has now been absorbed into the Athens Urban Area. The rapid expansion of the city, which continues to this day, was initiated in the 1950s and 1960s, because of Greece's transition from an agricultural to an industrial nation.Greek Tourist Organizer – Retrieved on 6 January 2007 The expansion is now particularly toward the East and North East (a tendency greatly related to the new Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport and the Attiki Odos, the freeway that cuts across Attica). By this process Athens has engulfed many former suburbs and villages in Attica, and continues to do so. The table below shows the historical population of Athens in recent times.{|class="wikitable"! Year !! City population !! Urban population !! Metro populationYEAR=2001 LOCATION=NEW YORK ISBN=0-609-80815-X CHAPTER=THE CITY OF THE GODS BESIEGED, – –|–|–|–Population exchange between Greece and Turkey>Post-Population exchange) 718,000 – –PUBLISHER=WWW.WORLD-GAZETTER.COM ARCHIVEURL=HTTPS://WEB.ARCHIVE.ORG/WEB/20110622001933/HTTP://WWW.WORLD-GAZETTEER.COM/WG.PHP?X=&MEN=GPRO&LNG=EN&DAT=32&GEO=-92&SRT=2PNN&COL=AOHDQ&PT=C&VA=&GEO=460748373 URL-STATUS=DEAD, dmy, |3,369,443PUBLISHER=WWW.WORLD-GAZETTER.COM ARCHIVEURL=HTTPS://WEB.ARCHIVE.ORG/WEB/20110622001926/HTTP://WWW.WORLD-GAZETTEER.COM/WG.PHP?X=&MEN=GPRO&LNG=EN&DAT=32&GEO=460748373&SRT=2PNN&COL=AOHDQ&GEO=-1048919 URL-STATUS=DEAD, dmy, WORK=GENERAL SECRETARIAT OF NATIONAL STATISTICAL SERVICE OF GREECE ACCESSDATE=2 AUGUST 2007 ARCHIVEURL=HTTPS://WEB.ARCHIVE.ORG/WEB/20070701001022/HTTP://WWW.STATISTICS.GR/MAIN_ENG.ASP URL-STATUS=DEAD |3,761,810|3,753,783

Government and politics

File:Griechisches Parlament nachts (Zuschnitt).jpg|alt=|thumb|The Hellenic ParliamentHellenic ParliamentFile:Presidential Mansion in Athens.jpg|thumb|The Presidential Mansion, formerly the Crown Prince Palace, in Herodou Attikou StreetHerodou Attikou StreetFile:Former Royal Palace (Athens).jpg|thumb|The Maximos Mansion, official office of the Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic, in Herodou Attikou StreetHerodou Attikou StreetFile:DimarchioAthinas.JPG|thumb|The Athens City Hall in Kotzia SquareKotzia SquareFile:FranceEmbassy DSC 1053a-1.jpg|alt=|thumb|The Embassy of France in Vasilissis Sofias AvenueVasilissis Sofias AvenueFile:Italian Embassy DSC 1058a-1.jpg|thumb|The Italian Embassy in Vasilissis Sofias AvenueVasilissis Sofias AvenueAthens became the capital of Greece in 1834, following Nafplion, which was the provisional capital from 1829. The municipality (City) of Athens is also the capital of the Attica region. The term Athens can refer either to the municipality of Athens, to Greater Athens, or to the entire Athens Urban Area.

International relations and influence

{{See also|List of twin towns and sister cities in Greece}}

Twin towns – sister cities

Athens is twinned with:WEB,weblink Twinnings, Central Union of Municipalities & Communities of Greece, Athens, 16 June 2015, {|class="wikitable" valign="top"|
  • {{flagicon|PRC}} Beijing, China (2005)WEB,weblink Beijing Sister Cities, 3 January 2007, City of Beijing,,
  • {{flagicon|PLE}} Bethlehem, Palestine (1986)
  • {{flagicon|USA}} Los Angeles, United States (1984)WEB,weblink Los Angeles Sister Cities, 3 January 2007, City of Los Angeles,,weblink" title="">weblink 4 January 2007, dead, dmy,
  • {{flagicon|CYP}} Nicosia, Cyprus (1988)WEB, Nicosia:Twin Cities,weblink 25 January 2008, Nicosia Municipality,, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 24 May 2011,
  • {{flagicon|CYP}} Famagusta, Cyprus (2005)


  • {{flagicon|SRB}} Belgrade, Serbia (1966)WEB,weblink International Cooperation, 26 January 2008, Grad Beograd,,
  • {{flagicon|FRA}} Paris, France (2000)WEB,weblink International: Special partners, Mairie de Paris,, 26 January 2008, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 8 February 2007,
  • {{flagicon|SVN}} Ljubljana, SloveniaWEB,weblink Medmestno in mednarodno sodelovanje, 27 July 2013, Mestna občina Ljubljana (Ljubljana City), Slovenian, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 26 June 2013,
  • {{flagicon|ITA}} Naples, ItalyWEB,weblink Comune di Napoli -Gemellaggi, 8 August 2013, Vacca, Maria Luisa, Comune di Napoli, Naples – Twin Towns, Italian,weblink" title="">weblink 22 July 2013, dead, dmy,
  • {{flagicon|ARM}} Yerevan, Armenia (1993)WEB,weblink Partnership cities, 17 April 2018, Yerevan municipality,,

Other locations named after Athens

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  • Afini (Zoria – Зоря), Donetsk (pop. 200)

Economy and infrastructure

{{expand section|date=January 2012}}File:Odod-ermou-athens.JPG|alt=|thumb|Ermou street, the main commercial street of Athens, near the Syntagma SquareSyntagma SquareAthens is the financial capital of Greece. According to data from 2014, Athens as a metropolitan economic area produced 129.62 billion US-dollars as GDP in PPP, which consists nearly a half of the production for the whole country. In the list with the strongest economic metropoles of the world Athens was ranked that year 102nd, while the GDP per capita for the same year was 32.484 US-dollars.WEB,weblink Global Metro Monitor, Parilla, Alan Berube, Jesus Leal Trujillo, Tao Ran, and Joseph, 2015-01-22, Brookings, 2019-02-23, Athens is one of the major economic centres in south-eastern Europe and is considered as a regional economic power in Europe generally. The port of Piraeus, where big investments by COSCO have already been delivered during the recent decade, the completion of the new Cargo Centre in Thriasion,WEB,weblink CARGO CONTAINER CENTERS, 2017-10-08, GAIA OSE, 2019-02-24, the expansion of the Athens Metro and the Athens Tram, as well as the projected metropolitan park in Elliniko and other economic projects are the economic landmarks of the upcoming years.Important Greek companies are Mytilineos Holdings, Titan Cement, Folli Follie, Jumbo S.A., OPAP and COSMOTE have their headquarters in the metropolitan area of Athens, while multinational companies such as Ericsson, Siemens, Motorola, Samsung, Microsoft, Novartis, Mondelez and Coca-Cola have their regional research and development headquarters also there. File:Athens Tower 1.jpg|alt=|thumb|The 28-storey Athens Tower, which houses offices, was completed in 1971 and is the tallest building in Greece.]]The banking sector is represented by National Bank of Greece, Alpha Bank, Eurobank and Piraeus Bank, while the Bank of Greece is also situated in the city centre. The Athens Stock Exchange, the only in Greece, has been severely hit by the Greek government-debt crisis and the decision of the government to proceed into capital controls during summer 2015. As a whole the economy of Athens and Greece has been severely hit with today's data showing a change from long recession to growth of 1.4% in 2017.WEB,weblink Report for Selected Countries and Subjects,, 2019-02-24, Tourism is also a great contributor for the economy of the city, which is considered as one of the top destinations in Europe for city-break tourism and is also the gateway for excursions to the islands or the mainland. Greece attracted 26.5 million visitors in 2015, 30.1 million visitors in 2017 and over 33 million in 2018, making Greece one of the most visited countries in Europe and the world, and contributing 18% to the nation's Gross Domestic Product. Athens welcomed more than 5 million tourists in 2018 and 1,4 million of them were "city-breakers" (in 2013 the city-breakers were only 220.000).WEB,weblink Εξαπλασιάστηκαν σε μία πενταετία οι τουρίστες στην πρωτεύουσα, Του Ηλία Μπέλλου {{!, Kathimerini||access-date=2019-02-24}}WEB,weblink Καμίνης: Το 2018 η Αθήνα θα σπάσει κάθε ρεκόρ στον τουρισμό,, el, 2019-02-24,


(File:Public transport map of Athens.png|thumb|left|Athens metropolitan railway network (metró and proastiakós))Athens is serviced by a variety of transportation means, forming the largest mass transit system of Greece. The Athens Mass Transit System consists of a large bus fleet, a trolleybus fleet that mainly serves Athens's city center, the city's Metro, a commuter rail serviceWEB,weblink Προαστιακός,, 21 March 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 24 March 2009, dead, dmy, and a tram network, connecting the southern suburbs to the city centre.WEB,weblink Tram Sa,, 5 January 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 14 January 2009, dead, dmy,

Bus transport

OSY () (ODIKES SYGKOINONIES) which is subsidiary company of OASA (Athens urban transport organisation), is the main operator of buses and trolleybusses in Athens. Its network consists of about 300 bus lines and 22 trolleybus lines which span the Athens Metropolitan Area,WEB,weblink Athens Urban Transport Network in Facts and Figures (pdf) page 5, 28 January 2007, OASA,, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 29 June 2006, with a fleet of 1,839 buses and 366 trolleybuses.WEB,weblink Athens Urban Transport Network in Facts and Figures (pdf) page 6, 28 January 2007, OASA,, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 29 June 2006, Of those 1,839 buses 416 run on compressed natural gas, making up the largest fleet of natural gas-powered buses in EuropeNEWS, New, Post-Olympics Athens,weblink 23 August 2008, 79, Ilias Tatsiopoulos, Georgios Tziralis, yes,, Secretariat General of Communication – Secretariat General of Information,weblink" title="">weblink 9 September 2008, dead, dmy, and all trolleybusses are equipped to enable them to run on diesel in case of power failure.WEB,weblink Athens Urban Transport Network in Facts and Figures (pdf) page 11, 28 January 2007, OASA,, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 29 June 2006, International links are provided by a number of private companies. National and regional bus links are provided by KTEL from two InterCity Bus Terminals, Kifissos Bus Terminal A and Liosion Bus Terminal B, both located in the north-western part of the city. Kifissos provides connections towards Peloponnese, North Greece, West Greece and some Ionian Islands, whereas Liosion is used for most of Central Greece.

Athens Metro

File:20140622-Anthoupoli-62D304 (7872).jpg|thumb|left|Athens MetroAthens MetroThe Athens Metro is operated by STASY S.A (STATHERES SYGKOINONIES S.A) which is a subsidiary company of OASA (Athens urban transport organisation) and provides public transport throughout the Athens Urban Area. While its main purpose is transport, it also houses Greek artifacts found during construction of the system.WEB,weblink Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Athens Metro, 26 January 2007,,weblink" title="">weblink 7 December 2006, dead, dmy, The Athens Metro has an operating staff of 387 and runs three metro lines; namely the Green (line 1), Red (line 2) and Blue (line 3) lines, which the first were constructed in 1869, and the other two largely during the 1990s, with the initial sections opened in January 2000. The line 1 for the most part runs at ground level and the other two (line 2,3) routes run entirely underground and a fleet of 42 trains consisting of 252 cars operate within the network,WEB,weblink Athens Urban Transport Network in Facts and Figures (pdf) page 15, 4 February 2007, OASA,, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 29 June 2006, with a daily occupancy of 1,353,000 passengers."Homepage - The Company - Attiko Metro S.A." Attiko Metro S.A. Archived from the original on 3 December 2010. Retrieved 2014-06-02.The Green Line (line 1) serves 24 stations, and forms the oldest line of the Athens metro network. Runs from Piraeus station to Kifissia station and covers a distance of 25.6-kilometre (15.9 mi). There are also transfer connections with the Blue (line 3) at the Monastiraki station and with Red (line 2) at Onomoia and Attiki stations.The Red Line (line 2) runs from Anthoupoli station to Elliniko station and covers a distance of {{convert|17.5|km|1|abbr=on}}. The line connects the western suburbs of Athens with the southeast suburbs, passing through the center of Athens. The Red line has transfer connections with the Green (line 1) at Attiki and Omonoia Square stations. There are also transfer connections with the Blue (line 3) at the Syntagma Square station and with the Tram at Syntagma Square, Sygrou-Fix and Agios Ioannis stations.The Blue Line (line 3) runs from the western suburbs, namely Agia Marina to the Egaleo station, through the central Monastiraki and Syntagma stations to Doukissis Plakentias avenue in the northeastern suburb of Halandri, covering a distance of {{convert|16|km|mi|0|abbr=on}}, then ascending to ground level and reaching Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, using the Suburban Railway infrastructure and extending its length to {{convert|39|km|mi|0|abbr=on}}. The spring 2007 extension from Monastiraki westwards, to Egaleo, connected some of the main night life hubs of the city, namely the ones of Gazi (Kerameikos station) with Psirri (Monastiraki station) and the city centre (Syntagma station). Extensions are under construction to the west southwest suburbs of Athens, reaching the port of Piraeus. The new stations will be Agia Barvara, Koridallos, Nikaia, Maniatika, Piraeus and Dimotiko Theatro station. The stations will be ready in 2021 (the first three will open in Winter 2020), connecting the biggest port of Greece, Piraeus Port ,with the biggest airport of Greece the Athens International Airport.

Commuter/suburban rail (Proastiakos)

(File:20070523-4124-NERATZIOTISA.jpg|thumb|left|Suburban rail)The Athens commuter rail service, referred to as the "Proastiakós", connects Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport to the city of Kiato, {{convert|106|km|mi|0|abbr=on}} west of Athens, via Larissa station, the city's central rail station and the port of Piraeus. The length of Athens's commuter rail network extends to {{convert|120|km|mi|0|abbr=on}},WEB,weblink Proastiakos,, 9 June 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 3 February 2009, and is expected to stretch to {{convert|281|km|mi|0|abbr=on}} by 2010.


File:Glyfada-Tram.jpg|alt=|thumb|Vehicle of the Athens TramAthens TramAthens tram is operated by STASY S.A (STATHERES SYGKOINONIES S.A) which is a subsidiary company of OASA (Athens urban transport organisation). Has a fleet of 35 Sirio type vehiclesWEB,weblink Tram Sa,, 25 October 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 21 July 2011, which serve 48 stations, employ 345 people with an average daily occupancy of 65,000 passengers. The tram network spans a total length of {{convert|27|km|mi|abbr=on|0}} and covers ten Athenian suburbs. The network runs from Syntagma Square to the southwestern suburb of Palaio Faliro, where the line splits in two branches; the first runs along the Athens coastline toward the southern suburb of Voula, while the other heads toward the Piraeus district of Neo Faliro. The network covers the majority of the Athens coastline.WEB,weblink Athens Urban Transport Network in Facts and Figures (pdf) page 13, 28 January 2007, OASA,, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 29 June 2006, Further extensions are planned towards the major commercial port of Piraeus. The expansion to Piraeus will include 12 new stations, increase the overall length of tram route by {{convert|5.4|km|mi|0|abbr=on}}, and increase the overall transportation network.WEB,weblink Tram Sa,, 25 October 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 21 July 2011,

Athens International Airport

File:2012-02-29 12-06-25 Greece Athina Spáta.jpg|alt=|thumb|The new Athens International Airport, that replaced the old Hellinikon International Airport, opened in 2001.]]Athens is served by the Athens International Airport (ATH), located near the town of Spata, in the eastern Messoghia plain, some {{convert|35|km|mi|0|abbr=on}} east of Athens.WEB,weblink Athens International Airport: Facts and Figures, 11 February 2007, Athens International Airport,, The airport, awarded the "European Airport of the Year 2004" Award, is intended as an expandable hub for air travel in southeastern Europe and was constructed in 51 months, costing 2.2 billion euros. It employs a staff of 14,000.WEB,weblink Athens International Airport: Airport Profile, 11 February 2007, Athens International Airport,, The airport is served by the Metro, the suburban rail, buses to Piraeus port, Athens' city centre and its suburbs, and also taxis. The airport accommodates 65 landings and take-offs per hour, with its 24-passenger boarding bridges, 144 check-in counters and broader {{convert|150000|m2|sqft|0|abbr=on}} main terminal; and a commercial area of {{convert|7000|m2|sqft|0|abbr=on}} which includes cafés, duty-free shops, and a small museum.In 2018,the airport handled 24,135,736 a huge increase over the last 4 years,In 2014, the airport handled 15,196,369 passengers, an increase of 21.2% over the previous year of 2013.WEB, ATHENS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT "EL.VENIZELOS",weblink, 7 May 2015, Of those 15,196,369 passengers, 5,267,593 passed through the airport for domestic flights,WEB,weblink Athens International Airport: Passenger Traffic Development 2007, 6 February 2008, Athens International Airport, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 10 October 2008, and 9,970,006 passengers travelled through for international flights. Beyond the dimensions of its passenger capacity, ATH handled 205,294 total flights in 2007, or approximately 562 flights per day.WEB,weblink Athens International Airport: Air Traffic Movements Development 2007, 6 February 2008, Athens International Airport, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 5 February 2009,

Railways and ferry connections

Athens is the hub of the country's national railway system (OSE), connecting the capital with major cities across Greece and abroad (Istanbul, Sofia and Bucharest).The Port of Piraeus connects Athens to the numerous Greek islands of the Aegean Sea, with ferries departing, while also serving the cruise ships that arrive. Rafina and Lavrio act as alternative ports of Athens, connects the city with numerous Greek islands of the Aegean Sea, Evia and Cesme in Turkeyweblink while also serving the cruise ships that arrive.


{{Further|Highways in Greece}}File:Attiki-odos1.jpg|thumb|right|Interchange at the Attiki OdosAttiki Odos(File:Attica 06-13 Hills of Hymettus 18 view.jpg|thumb|View of Hymettus tangent (Periferiaki Imittou) from Kalogeros Hill)Two main motorways of Greece begin in Athens, namely the A1/E75, which crosses through Athens's Urban Area from Piraeus, heading north towards Greece's second largest city, Thessaloniki; and the A8/E94 heading west, towards Patras, which incorporated the GR-8A. Before their completion much of the road traffic used the GR-1 and the GR-8.Athens' Metropolitan Area is served by the motorway network of the Attiki Odos toll-motorway (code: A6). Its main section extends from the western industrial suburb of Elefsina to Athens International Airport; while two beltways, namely the Aigaleo Beltway (A65) and the Hymettus Beltway (A64) serve parts of western and eastern Athens respectively. The span of the Attiki Odos in all its length is {{convert|65|km|mi|0|abbr=on}}, {{dead link|date=June 2016|bot=medic}}{{cbignore|bot=medic}} making it the largest metropolitan motorway network in all of Greece.


File:Akademie von Athen.jpg|alt=|thumb|Facade of the Academy of Athens ]]Located on Panepistimiou Street, the old campus of the University of Athens, the National Library, and the Athens Academy form the "Athens Trilogy" built in the mid-19th century. Most of the university's workings have been moved to a much larger, modern campus located in the eastern suburb of Zografou. The second higher education institution in the city is the Athens Polytechnic School, found in Patission Street. This was the location where on 17 November 1973, more than 13 students were killed and hundreds injured inside the university during the Athens Polytechnic uprising,NEWS,weblink 1973: Army deposes 'hated' Greek president, BBC News, 22 March 2009, 25 November 1973, against the military junta that ruled the nation from 21 April 1967 until 23 July 1974.File:Griechische Nationalbibliothek.jpg|left|thumb|The National Library of GreeceNational Library of GreeceOther universities that lie within Athens are the Athens University of Economics and Business, the Panteion University, the Agricultural University of Athens and the University of Piraeus. There are overall ten state-supported Institutions of Higher (or Tertiary) education located in the Urban Area of Athens, these are by chronological order: Athens School of Fine Arts (1837), National Technical University of Athens (1837), National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (1837), Agricultural University of Athens (1920), Athens University of Economics and Business (1920), Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences (1927), University of Piraeus (1938), Harokopio University of Athens (1990), School of Pedagogical and Technological Education (2002), University of West Attica (2018). There are also several other private colleges, as they called formally in Greece, as the establishment of private universities is prohibited by the constitution. Many of them are accredited by a foreign state or university such as the American College of Greece and the Athens Campus of the University of Indianapolis.WEB,weblink ΙδιωτικάΠανεπιστήμιαστην Ελλάδα – PrivateUniversities in Greece,

Things to see

  1. Acropolis
  2. National Archaeological Museum
  3. Agora of Athens
  4. Acropolis Museum
  5. Mount Lycabettus
  6. Panathenaic Stadium & Olympic Stadium
  7. Syntagma Squarweblink


Archaeological hub

File:Bronze Zeus or Poseidon NAMA X 15161 Athens Greece.jpg|left|thumb|The Artemision Bronze or God of the Sea, that represents either Zeus or Poseidon, is exhibited in the National Archaeological Museum.]](File:Μητρόπολη Αθηνών 3321.jpg|left|thumb|The Cathedral of Athens (Athens Metropolis).)File:Porch of the Maidens (Caryatids) 2.jpg|left|thumb|The Caryatides (Καρυάτιδες), or Maidens of Karyai, as displayed in the new Acropolis Museum. One of the female sculptures was taken away from the Erechteion by Lord Elgin and is kept in the British MuseumBritish MuseumThe city is a world centre of archaeological research. Along with national institutions, such as the Athens University and the Archaeological Society, there are multiple archaeological Museums including the National Archaeological Museum, the Cycladic Museum, the Epigraphic Museum, the Byzantine & Christian Museum, as well as museums at the ancient Agora, Acropolis, Kerameikos, and the Kerameikos Archaeological Museum. The city is also home to the Demokritos laboratory for Archaeometry, alongside regional and national archaeological authorities that form part of the Greek Department of Culture.File:Academy of Athens - interior.jpg|alt=|thumb|Interior of the Academy of Athens, designed by Theophil HansenTheophil HansenAthens hosts 17 Foreign Archaeological Institutes which promote and facilitate research by scholars from their home countries. As a result, Athens has more than a dozen archaeological libraries and three specialized archaeological laboratories, and is the venue of several hundred specialized lectures, conferences and seminars, as well as dozens of archaeological exhibitions, each year. At any given time, hundreds of international scholars and researchers in all disciplines of archaeology are to be found in the city.


{{see also|Modern architecture in Athens}}File:Attica 06-13 Athens 27 Zappeion.jpg|thumb|The ZappeionZappeion(File:Aigyptou Square Athens.JPG|thumb|Two apartment buildings in central Athens. The left one is a modernist building of the 1930s, while the right one was built in the 1950s.)Athens incorporates architectural styles ranging from Greco-Roman and Neoclassical to modern times. They are often to be found in the same areas, as Athens is not marked by a uniformity of architectural style. A visitor will quickly notice the absence of tall buildings: Athens has very strict height restriction laws in order to ensure the Acropolis hill is visible throughout the city.For the greatest part of the 19th century Neoclassicism dominated Athens, as well as some deviations from it such as Eclecticism, especially in the early 20th century. Thus, the Old Royal Palace was the first important public building to be built, between 1836 and 1843. Later in the mid and late 19th century, Theophil Freiherr von Hansen and Ernst Ziller took part in the construction of many neoclassical buildings such as the Athens Academy and the Zappeion Hall. Ziller also designed many private mansions in the centre of Athens which gradually became public, usually through donations, such as Schliemann's Iliou Melathron.Beginning in the 1920s, Modern architecture including Bauhaus and Art Deco began to exert an influence on almost all Greek architects, and buildings both public and private were constructed in accordance with these styles. Localities with a great number of such buildings include Kolonaki, and some areas of the centre of the city; neighbourhoods developed in this period include Kypseli.Fessas-Emmanouil, Helen. Ελληνική Αρχιτεκτονική Εταιρεία: Αρχιτέκτονες του 20ού αιώνα: Μέλη της Εταιρείας, Ποταμός, Athens, 2009, p. XXV and p. XXI, {{ISBN|960-6691-38-1}}In the 1950s and 1960s during the extension and development of Athens, other modern movements such as the International style played an important role. The centre of Athens was largely rebuilt, leading to the demolition of a number of neoclassical buildings. The architects of this era employed materials such as glass, marble and aluminium, and many blended modern and classical elements.Fessas-Emmanouil, Helen. Ελληνική Αρχιτεκτονική Εταιρεία: Αρχιτέκτονες του 20ού αιώνα: Μέλη της Εταιρείας, Ποταμός, Athens, 2009, p. XXXI, {{ISBN|960-6691-38-1}} After World War II, internationally known architects to have designed and built in the city included Walter Gropius, with his design for the US Embassy, and, among others, Eero Saarinen, in his postwar design for the east terminal of the Ellinikon Airport.

Urban sculpture

File:The Old Parliament House in Athens now hosting the National Historical Museum. View from Stadiou Street..jpg|thumb|The Old Parliament House, now home to the National History Museum. View from Stadiou StreetStadiou StreetAll over the city can be found several statues or busts. Apart from the neoclassicals by Leonidas Drosis at the Academy of Athens (Plato, Socrates, Apollo, Athena), other notable include the statue of Theseus by Georgios Fytalis at Thiseion, of philhellenes like Lord Byron, George Canning and William Gladstone, the equestrian statue of Theodoros Kolokotronis by Lazaros Sochos in front of the Old Parliament, statues of Ioannis Kapodistrias, Rigas Feraios and Adamantios Korais at the University, of Evangelos Zappas and Konstantinos Zappas at Zappeion, of Ioannis Varvakis at the National Garden, the "woodbreaker" by Dimitrios Filippotis, the equestrian statue of Alexandros Papagos at Papagou district and various busts of fighters of Greek independence at the Pedion tou Areos. A significant landmark is also the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Syntagma.


{{further|List of museums in Greece}}File:Nat arc mus ath 09.jpg|thumb|The National Archaeological Museum in central Athens]]File:The Acropolis Museum.jpg|alt=|thumb|The Acropolis MuseumAcropolis MuseumAthens' most important museums include:
  • the National Archaeological Museum, the largest archaeological museum in the country, and one of the most important internationally, as it contains a vast collection of antiquities; its artifacts cover a period of more than 5,000 years, from late Neolithic Age to Roman Greece;
  • the Benaki Museum with its several branches for each of its collections including ancient, Byzantine, Ottoman-era, and Chinese art and beyond;
  • the Byzantine and Christian Museum, one of the most important museums of Byzantine art;
  • the Numismatic Museum, housing a major collection of ancient and modern coins;
  • the Museum of Cycladic Art, home to an extensive collection of Cycladic art, including its famous figurines of white marble;
  • the New Acropolis Museum, opened in 2009, and replacing the old museum on the Acropolis. The new museum has proved considerably popular; almost one million people visited during the summer period June–October 2009 alone. A number of smaller and privately owned museums focused on Greek culture and arts are also to be found.
  • the Kerameikos Archaeological Museum, a museum which displays artifacts from the burial site of Kerameikos. Much of the pottery and other artifacts relate to Athenian attitudes towards death and the afterlife, throughout many ages.
  • the Jewish Museum of Greece, a museum which describes the history and culture of the Greek Jewish community.


Athens has been a destination for travellers since antiquity. Over the past decade, the city's infrastructure and social amenities have improved, in part because of its successful bid to stage the 2004 Olympic Games. The Greek Government, aided by the EU, has funded major infrastructure projects such as the state-of-the-art Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport,WEB,weblink AIA: Finance,, Athens International Airport, S.A., 5 April 2007, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 5 February 2009, the expansion of the Athens Metro system,WEB,weblink Olympic Games 2004: five major projects for Athens,, European Union Regional Policy, 5 April 2007,weblink" title="">weblink 20 May 2007, dead, dmy, and the new Attiki Odos Motorway.Athens was voted as the third best European city to visit in 2015 by European Best Destination. More than 240,000 people voted.

Entertainment and performing arts

File:National Theatre - panoramio (2).jpg|alt=|left|thumb|The National theatre of Greece, near Omonoia square.]]Athens is home to 148 theatrical stages, more than any other city in the world, including the ancient Odeon of Herodes Atticus, home to the Athens Festival, which runs from May to October each year.WEB,weblink Home Page, Urban Audit, 21 March 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 6 February 2009, dead, dmy, WEB,weblink Athens – Epidaurus Festival 2008,, 21 March 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 22 February 2009, live, dmy, In addition to a large number of multiplexes, Athens plays host to open air garden cinemas. The city also supports music venues, including the Athens Concert Hall (Megaro Moussikis), which attracts world class artists.WEB,weblink Megaron Events Chart,, 26 October 1997, 21 March 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 1 February 2009, The Athens Planetarium,WEB,weblink el:Ίδρυμα Ευγενίδου. Εκπαιδευτικό Κοινωφελές Ίδρυμα, el,, 21 March 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 8 June 2008, live, dmy, located in Andrea Syngrou Avenue, in Palaio Faliro]weblink is one of the largest and best equipped digital planetaria in the world.WEB,weblink el:ΙΔΡΥΜΑ ΕΥΓΕΝΙΔΟΥ 1954 / Ιστορικό, el,, 25 October 2009, WEB,weblink Athens Eugenides Planetarium, Barco, 16 June 2011,weblink" title="">weblink 7 July 2011, dead, dmy, The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, inaugurated in 2016, will house the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera.WEB,weblink Vision, SNFCC, 16 November 2016, dmy,


File:Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center6.jpg|alt=|thumb|The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, home of the Greek National Opera and the new National Library.]]The most successful songs during the period 1870–1930 were the so-called Athenian serenades (Αθηναϊκές καντάδες), based on the Heptanesean kantádhes (καντάδες 'serenades'; sing.: καντάδα) and the songs performed on stage (επιθεωρησιακά τραγούδια 'theatrical revue songs') in revues, musical comedies, operettas and nocturnes that were dominating Athens' theatre scene.Notable composers of operettas or nocturnes were Kostas Giannidis, Dionysios Lavrangas, Nikos Hatziapostolou, while Theophrastos Sakellaridis' The Godson remains probably the most popular operetta. Despite the fact that the Athenian songs were not autonomous artistic creations (in contrast with the serenades) and despite their original connection with mainly dramatic forms of Art, they eventually became hits as independent songs. Notable actors of Greek operettas, who made also a series of melodies and songs popular at that time, include Orestis Makris, Kalouta sisters, Vasilis Avlonitis, Afroditi Laoutari, Eleni Papadaki, Marika Nezer, Marika Krevata and others. After 1930, wavering among American and European musical influences as well as the Greek musical tradition. Greek composers begin to write music using the tunes of the tango, waltz, swing, foxtrot, some times combined with melodies in the style of Athenian serenades' repertory. Nikos Gounaris was probably the most renowned composer and singer of the time.In 1923, after the population exchange between Greece and Turkey, many ethnic Greeks from Asia Minor fled to Athens as a result of the Greco-Turkish War. They settled in poor neighborhoods and brought with them Rebetiko music, making it popular also in Greece, which became later the base for the Laïko music. Other forms of song popular today in Greece are elafrolaika, entechno, dimotika, and skyladika.BOOK,weblink Athens – The Truth: Searching for Mános, Just Before the Bubble Burst, Tales of Orpheus, 1 September 2013, 24 October 2013, 9780955209031, Greece's most notable, and internationally famous, composers of Greek song, mainly of the entechno form, are Manos Hadjidakis and Mikis Theodorakis. Both composers have achieved fame abroad for their composition of film scores.



File:Olympic Stadium - panoramio (1).jpg|thumb|The Olympic Stadium of Athens with the characteristic rooftop designed by Santiago Calatrava, especially for the 2004 Olympics.]]Athens has a long tradition in sports and sporting events, serving as home to the most important clubs in Greek sport and housing a large number of sports facilities. The city has also been host to sports events of international importance.Athens has hosted the Summer Olympic Games twice, in 1896 and 2004. The 2004 Summer Olympics required the development of the Athens Olympic Stadium, which has since gained a reputation as one of the most beautiful stadiums in the world, and one of its most interesting modern monuments.WEB,weblink Athens 21st Century – Athens Olympic Stadium, 26 December 2008,, The biggest stadium in the country, it hosted two finals of the UEFA Champions League, in 1994 and 2007. Athens' other major stadium, located in the Piraeus area, is the Karaiskakis Stadium, a sports and entertainment complex, host of the 1971 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Final.Athens has hosted the EuroLeague final three times, the first in 1985 and second in 1993, both at the Peace and Friendship Stadium, most known as SEF, a large indoor arena,WEB,weblink Athens 21st Century – The Olympic Coastal Complex, 26 December 2008,, and the third time in 2007 at the Olympic Indoor Hall. Events in other sports such as athletics, volleyball, water polo etc., have been hosted in the capital's venues.Athens is home to three European multi-sport clubs: Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, AEK Athens. In football, Olympiacos have dominated the domestic competitions, Panathinaikos made it to the 1971 European Cup Final, while AEK Athens is the other member of the big three. These clubs also have basketball teams; Panathinaikos and Olympiacos are among the top powers in European basketball, having won the Euroleague six times and three respectively, whilst AEK Athens was the first Greek team to win a European trophy in any team sport.Other notable clubs within Athens are Athinaikos, Panionios, Atromitos, Apollon, Panellinios, Ethnikos Piraeus, Maroussi BCE and Peristeri B.C.. Athenian clubs have also had domestic and international success in other sports.The Athens area encompasses a variety of terrain, notably hills and mountains rising around the city, and the capital is the only major city in Europe to be bisected by a mountain range. Four mountain ranges extend into city boundaries and thousands of miles of trails criss-cross the city and neighbouring areas, providing exercise and wilderness access on foot and bike.Beyond Athens and across the prefecture of Attica, outdoor activities include skiing, rock climbing, hang gliding and windsurfing. Numerous outdoor clubs serve these sports, including the Athens Chapter of the Sierra Club, which leads over 4,000 outings annually in the area.

Sports clubs

{|class="wikitable"!colspan="5"|Notable sport clubs based inside the boundaries of Athens Municipality! style="width:150px;"|Club! style="width:120px;"|Founded!Sports!District!AchievementsPanellinios G.S.>Handball, Track and Field and others >Kypseli, Athens>KypseliPanhellenic titles in Basketball, Volleyball, Handball, many honours in Track and FieldGS Apollon Smyrnis>Apollon Smyrni1891(originally in Smyrni)Football, Basketball, Volleyball and others RizoupoliEarlier long-time presence in A EthnikiEthnikos G.S. Athens>Wrestling, Shooting and others>Zappeion >|Many honours in Athletics and WrestlingPanathinaikos AO>Water Polo, Track and Field and others >Ampelokipoi, Athens>AmpelokipoiOne of the most successful Greek clubs, many titles in many sports. Most successful Greek club in european competitions (football & basketball)Ilisiakos>Ilisia >|Earlier presence in A1 Ethniki basketballAsteras Exarchion>Exarcheia>|Earlier presence in A1 Ethniki women basketballAmpelokipoi B.C.>Ampelokipoi, Athens>Ampelokipoi Earlier presence in A1 Ethniki basketballPAO Thriamvos Athens>Thriamvos Athens1930 (originally as Doxa Athens)Football, Basketball Neos Kosmos Panhellenic title in women BasketballSporting B.C.>Patisia >|Many Panhellenic titles in women BasketballPagrati B.C.>Pagrati >|Earlier presence in A1 EthnikiBeside the above clubs, inside the boundaries of Athens municipality there are some more clubs with presence in national divisions or notable action for short periods. Some of them are PAO Rouf (Rouf) with earlier presence in Gamma Ethniki, Petralona F.C.((:el:Α.Σ. Πετράλωνα|el)) (Petralona), football club founded in 1963, with earlier presence in Beta Ethniki, Attikos F.C.((:el:Α.Π.Ο. Αττικός|el)) (Kolonos), football club founded in 1919 with short presence in Gamma Ethniki, {{interlanguage link|Athinais Kypselis|es|Αθηναΐς Κυψέλης}} (Kypseli), football club founded in 1938 with short presence in Gamma Ethniki, Gyziakos (Gyzi), basketball club founded in 1937 with short presence in Beta Ethniki basketball and Aetos B.C.((:el:Γ.Α.Σ. Αετός|el)) (Agios Panteleimonas), basketball club founded in 1992 with earlier presence in A2 Ethniki Basketball. Another important Athenian sport club is the Athens Tennis Club founded in 1895 with important offer for the Greek tennis.WEB, Ιστορικό,weblink, 13 April 2015,weblink" title="">weblink 20 April 2015, dead, dmy-all,

Olympic Games

1896 Summer Olympics

File:Castaigne - Fencing before the king of Greece, 1896 Summer Olympics.jpg|alt=|thumb|Fencing before the king of Greece at the 1896 Summer Olympics1896 Summer OlympicsFile:The Panathenaic Stadium of Athens.jpg|thumb|The Panathenaic Stadium of Athens (Kallimarmaron) dates back to the 4th century BC and has hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896.]]1896 brought forth the revival of the modern Olympic Games, by Frenchman Pierre de Coubertin. Thanks to his efforts, Athens was awarded the first modern Olympic Games. In 1896, the city had a population of 123,000 and the event helped boost the city's international profile. Of the venues used for these Olympics, the Kallimarmaro Stadium, and Zappeion were most crucial. The Kallimarmaro is a replica of the ancient Athenian stadiums, and the only major stadium (in its capacity of 60,000) to be made entirely of white marble from Mount Penteli, the same material used for construction of the Parthenon.

1906 Summer Olympics

The 1906 Summer Olympics, or the 1906 Intercalated games, were held in Athens. The intercalated competitions were intermediate games to the internationally organized Olympics, and were meant to be organized in Greece every four years, between the main Olympics. This idea later lost support from the IOC and these games were discontinued.

2004 Summer Olympics

(File:10,000-meter final during the 2004 Olympics.jpg|thumb|10,000-meter final during the 2004 Olympic Games)Athens was awarded the 2004 Summer Olympics on 5 September 1997 in Lausanne, Switzerland, after having lost a previous bid to host the 1996 Summer Olympics, to Atlanta, United States. It was to be the second time Athens would host the games, following the inaugural event of 1896. After an unsuccessful bid in 1990, the 1997 bid was radically improved, including an appeal to Greece's Olympic history. In the last round of voting, Athens defeated Rome with 66 votes to 41. Prior to this round, the cities of Buenos Aires, Stockholm and Cape Town had been eliminated from competition, having received fewer votes.During the first three years of preparations, the International Olympic Committee had expressed concern over the speed of construction progress for some of the new Olympic venues. In 2000 the Organising Committee's president was replaced by Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, who was the president of the original Bidding Committee in 1997. From that point forward, preparations continued at a highly accelerated, almost frenzied pace.Although the heavy cost was criticized, estimated at $1.5 billion, Athens was transformed into a more functional city that enjoys modern technology both in transportation and in modern urban development.NEWS,weblink Athens bids farewell to the Games, 30 August 2004, 29 March 2007, CNN,, Some of the finest sporting venues in the world were created in the city, all of which were fully ready for the games. The games welcomed over 10,000 athletes from all 202 countries.The 2004 Games were judged a success, as both security and organization worked well, and only a few visitors reported minor problems mainly concerning accommodation issues. The 2004 Olympic Games were described as Unforgettable, dream Games, by IOC President Jacques Rogge for their return to the birthplace of the Olympics, and for meeting the challenges of holding the Olympic Games. The only observable problem was a somewhat sparse attendance of some early events. Eventually, however, a total of more than 3.5 million tickets were sold, which was higher than any other Olympics with the exception of Sydney (more than 5 million tickets were sold there in 2000).NEWS,weblink 27 August 2004, 30 March 2007, Olympic ticket sales officially top 3.5-million mark, Embassy of Greece, Athens News Agency, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 27 September 2007, In 2008 it was reported that most of the Olympic venues had fallen into disrepair: according to those reports, 21 of the 22 facilities built for the games had either been left abandoned or are in a state of dereliction, with several squatter camps having sprung up around certain facilities, and a number of venues afflicted by vandalism, graffiti or strewn with rubbish.WEB, Rogers, Martin,weblink Beijing trumps Athens... and then some,, 21 March 2009,weblink" title="">weblink dead, 28 September 2009, {{cbignore|bot=medic}}WEB, Itano, Nicole,weblink As Olympic Glow Fades, Athens Questions $15 Billion Cost,, 21 July 2008, 21 March 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 9 March 2009, live, dmy, These claims, however, are disputed and likely to be inaccurate, as most of the facilities used for the Athens Olympics are either in use or in the process of being converted for post-Olympics use. The Greek Government has created a corporation, Olympic Properties SA, which is overseeing the post-Olympics management, development and conversion of these facilities, some of which will be sold off (or have already been sold off) to the private sector,NEWS,weblink After The Party: What happens when the Olympics leave town,, 19 August 2008, 21 March 2009, London,weblink" title="">weblink 6 September 2008, live, dmy, while other facilities are still in use just as during the Olympics, or have been converted for commercial use or modified for other sports.WEB,weblink Four years after Athens Greeks have Olympics blues, 30 July 2008, 21 March 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 6 August 2008, Concerts and theatrical shows, such as those by the troupe Cirque du Soleil, have recently been held in the complex.

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