Athens to Complete Revamp of City Center and Squares

A major refurbishment program is currently underway in downtown Athens, including the extension of squares and walkways connecting large areas of the city.


The Municipality of Athens is close to completing the revamp of part of the capital’s commercial center and pedestrian zones, which had been envisaged for years but was never implemented. 

The plan, which includes the refurbishment of four squares, was approved by the Central Council of Architecture with the project to be tendered this month.

The 19.5-hectare area in downtown Athens is enclosed by Athinas, Sofokleous, Aiolou, Georgiou Stavrou, Stadiou, Christou Lada, Anthimou Gazi, Kolokotroni, Voulis, Karagiorgis Servias, Perikleous, Athenaidos and Agia Irini streets. The project will complement a pilot intervention that took place in 2019-20.

Specifically, the extension of the lower part of Syntagma Square, the pedestrianization of Vasilissis Olgas Avenue and the revamp of the lower part of Ermou Street will take place by June as part of the wider plan to unify large stretches of central Athens with walkways. 

This article was first published on ekathimerini.com.


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