Athens after ancient Athens. Twenty minor but illuminating sites for the lost visitor (book)
A complicated city
After the traditional visit to the major archaeological sites of Athens, where you will probably read all the necessary information in your guidebooks or hear it from your guide, perhaps you will want to walk in the historical centre of Athens.
And then you will see many things that no guide has explained to you.
You will see houses like this.
And then, perhaps, next to it, something like this.
And, then again, farther down, something like this.
And even something like this.
Some centuries separate these buildings from one another. Centuries during which Athens, long after the end of the ancient world, passed from the Byzantine Empire to the Duchy of Athens, governed successively by the French, the Catalans and the Florentines, and then to the Ottoman Empire, before becoming the capital of the newborn Greek state.
Thus, the visitor will see, among the famous antiquities, many other buildings, which will make it difficult for him/her to understand this city of such a complex history.
The purpose of this book is to explain to you exactly that. Not by accumulating a lot of names and dates you will never be able to remember. But by using some characteristic examples, to make you understand the whole.
The rest of the article, in this book
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Hello! I am Denis, an architect based in Athens, Greece. I teach history of art and architecture in higher education. That’s one passion of mine. The other one is hiking, in and out of town. If you follow me, I’ll share my discoveries with you.
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