Art in the Athens Underground

A brief tour of the antiquities and modern art that’s on display at the Athens metro.


Something we might take for granted these days, but shouldn’t, is the Athens metro. Anyone who remembers how difficult and tiring it once was to navigate through Athenian streets can tell you what an enormous, positive change the metro system has made to life here. The metro – even while still expanding its reach – has been praised by visitors as the best available in both Europe and America (“…from Boston to Budapest…”) for its efficiency, economy and ease. Moreover, the network offers numerous stations that contain unique archaeological mini-museums and modern art installations. These stations represent nodes of both transportation and enlightenment – where Greek culture past and present intersect for the appreciation of passersby.

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