This is an incredibly beautiful place.
Located on the Northern slope of the Acropolis Hill, the district of Anafiotika is one of the most beautiful in Athens. Beautiful white-washed buildings and narrow alleys are reminiscent of the traditional villages of the Cyclades Islands. It’s obvious similarity to the Cycladic architecture, is not a coincidence. The building was built in 1841 by workers from the island of Anafi, which is part of the Cycladic Islands. Hence the name Anafiotika.
They arrived here shortly after Athens became the new capital of independent Greece. During this period, king Otto I began a building boom to transform the city into a modern capital. The construction attracted many immigrants, including people in the Cyclades the Islands of Anafi and Naxos.
On the basis of economic need in the area were built mostly small buildings. In 1834 the district of Anafiotika was declared a protected archaeological site, but the buildings were built in such a short period that the authorities failed to stop construction.
Looks like the immigrants were struck by a bout of nostalgia during the construction of new buildings because they were built in typical island style with bright white walls. The location of the area is also reminiscent of the Cycladic Islands, with very narrow lanes and stepped streets.
Modern Anafiotika is located directly to the North of Plaka — the old historical neighborhood of Athens. The area is located between two churches: the Agios Georgios and Agios Simeon (Church of St. Simeon). Both churches were restored in the nineteenth century by the inhabitants of the quarter in typical Cycladic style.
Anafiotika is one of the most charming areas of the city, and many buildings are decorated with colourful bougainvillea. Despite the constant flow of tourists, here You will find many restaurants and souvenir shops. The modest building still inhabited by descendants of immigrants from the island of Anafi. This place is well worth a visit to take a break from the traditional Athenian attractions and immerse yourself in the story.
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