Days of Future Past (Part 5)
Athens is one of a handful of contemporary cities that can claim such a vast historical and cultural heritage, going back millennia. Layer upon layer the city of Athens has been expanding and evolving through the centuries. This week’s MI4 ‘Days of Future Past’ blog, the fifth one in the series, illustrates one picture of the neighborhood of Thiseion reportedly taken in 1860, and one of the same landscape photographed recently. The contrast is yet again, striking and thought-provoking, in how cities grow and develop leaving inspiring signs and ‘trails’ on the urban landscape created.
The area of Thiseion is located northwest of the Acropolis, neighboring with the also frequently visited and cherished historical areas of Plaka, Monastiraki, and Kerameikos. It takes its name from the Temple of Hephaestus which is located there, clearly visible on both pictures. The temple was initially wrongly referenced as ‘Thiseion’ after the mythical king of Athens, Theseus. The area was therefore also referenced as such, and has retained its name until the present day.
Thiseion is literally at the doorstep of the Acropolis and has a vibrant feel with a number of celebrated bars and top quality restaurants in the area, as well as the most central locations in Athens at walking distance. Thiseion is almost engulfed by green hills, archaeological sites of great significance, as well as historical and modern urban landscapes. It is a bright example of the unique fusion of past and present elements that makes central Athens the cultural and historical jewel it is today. The panoramic views of the surrounding landscape are bound to charm even the most demanding of visitors.
An architectural collage of modern structures and more historical residences and buildings following the characteristic neoclassical Athenian architecture, Thiseion is now considered a very fashionable and widely sought after location for those seeking to invest in the historical center of Athens. The area is served by the Thiseion metro station and generally has excellent transport connections.
However, most sites people travel across the world to visit in Athens, can be reached at just a short walk from Thiseion. Having the opportunity to find oneself in just a few moments at the National Observatory of Athens, the Ancient Agora, the Acropolis, the Kerameikos Archaeological Museum, the Pnyx, considered the birthplace of democracy , the Stoa of Attalos, the majestic Filopappou Hill, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the Ancient Theatre of Dionysus, and the Temple of Hephaestus, is surely priceless in itself.
We at MI4 Real Estate take pride in often being in a position to offer properties boasting those very ‘priceless’ features, at competitive prices.
26 June 2018