Resembling a giant pinball machine, or perhaps a wise goggly-eyed owl, when illuminated and seen from above, the square that was named for the great ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle may have fallen short of the original grandiose plans that French architect Ernest Hébrard drew up in 1918, but it’s impressive nonetheless. Hébrard had imagined it as a gateway to the sea and as a place of recreation and commerce with luxurious shops, hotels and cafés, in the image of the Piazza San Marco in Venice. Unfortunately, the sudden influx of refugees from Asia Minor in 1922 made cheaper and simpler solutions for the square necessary. In the 1930s the square’s empty lots were turned into open-air cinemas – earning it for years the nickname “The Greek Broadway” – which were gradually, from the 1950s onwards, replaced by the buildings we see today. The arched colonnades on their ground floors, together with the square’s orientation towards the sea, are part of Hébrard’s legacy and help give the square its timeless appeal.