Plaka, the neighbourhood of Gods


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Plaka is an area in Athens, Greece

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PLAKA! The neighbourhood of Gods!


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Pláka (Greek: Πλάκα) is the old historical region of Athens, clustered around the northern and eastern slopes of the Acropolis, with picturesque streets and neoclassical architecture. Plaka is built on top of the residential areas of the ancient town of Athens. It is known as the "Neighbourhood of the Gods" because it is so close to the Acropolis and its many archaeological sites. THE NAME:) The origin of the name PLAKA is uncertain: it has been thought to come from Arvanite "Pliak Athena", meaning "Old Athens", or from the presence of a "plaque" which once marked its central intersection. LOCATION(-_-) Plaka is in the centre of Athens, on the northeast slope of Acropolis, between Syntagma and Monastiraki square. Adrianou Street (running north and south) is the largest and most central street in Plaka and divides it into two


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areas: the upper level, - Ano Plaka - located right under the Acropolis and the lower level - Kato Plaka - situated between Syntagma and Monastiraki.


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HISTORY (~-~) PLAKA was inhabited since ancient years and developed mostly around the ruins of Ancient Agora of Athens. During the years of Ottoman rule, Plaka was known as the "Turkish quarter of Athens . During the Greek War of Independence, Plaka like the rest of Athens, was temporarily abandoned by its inhabitants because of the severe battles that took place in 1826. The area was repopulated during the first years of King Otto's rule. In 1884 a fire burned down a large part of the neighborhood which gave the opportunity for the archaeologists to conduct excavations in the Roman Market and Hadrian’s library. Excavations have been taking place continuously since 19th century. It used to be the area of the working class and many Greek films of the early 50's and 60's have been filmed there when the houses where not renovated as they are today and most of the winding roads where just earth. One of the most famous Greek film "Stella" with Melina Mercouri was filmed there. Plaka was the famous place of the typical Greek tavern where the old Athenians went and drank Retsina (white wine). In every small tavern there was a live band and always someone could play the famous wine songs of Plaka the so called "Kantades" that derives from the Italian "Cando" song. Plaka was the most important place during the Greek Carnival, thousands of


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Athenians in masquerade used to walk up and down the streets of Plaka throwing serpentines and confetti. This tradition still exists today but without the enthusiasm of the old days.


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PLAKA is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists around the year, and is under strict zoning and conservation regulations, as the only neighborhood in Athens where all utilities (water, power, cable television, telephone, internet, and sewage) lie underground in fully accessible, custom-made tunneling. Walking through the small winding streets you feel that you are rather in a Greek island of the Cyclades like Mykonos with its white houses or Paros another wonderful island of the Aegean, instead of being in the centre of the busy Greek capital. The area is full of shops mainly with tourist items like Greek art shops, Furs and jewellery shops Last but not least, you should not miss the opportunity to visit GREECE and in particular the PLAKA because it is one of the most beautiful and most modern attractions of our city. We are confident that the experience will be unforgettable!


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Sources: The presentation was created by Christo T, Nikos F, Alexandros T, Ramon T.



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