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Pláka (Greek: Πλάκα) is the old historical neighborhood of Athens, clustered around the northern and eastern slopes of the Acropolis, and incorporating labyrinthine streets and neoclassical architecture. Plaka is built on top of the residential areas of the ancient town of Athens. It is known as the "Neighbourhood of the Gods" due to its proximity to the Acropolis and its many archaeological sites. Name

The name "Plaka" was not in use until after the Greek War of Independence. Instead, the Athenians of that time referred to the area by various names such as Alikokou, Kontito, Kandili, or by the names of the local churches.The name Plaka became commonly in use in the first years of the rule of King Otto. The origin of the name is uncertain: it has been theorized to come from Arvanite "Pliak Athena", meaning "Old Athens",or from the presence of a "plaque" which once marked its central intersection. Location

Plaka is on the northeast slope of Acropolis, between Syntagma and Monastiraki square. Adrianou Street (running north and south) is the largest and most central street in Plaka and divides it into two areas: the upper level, - Ano Plaka - located right under the Acropolis and the lower level - Kato Plaka - situated between Syntagma and Monastiraki. History

Plaka was developed mostly around the ruins of Ancient Agora of Athens in an area that has been continuously inhabited since antiquity. During the years of Ottoman rule, Plaka was the known as the "Turkish quarter of Athens",and the seat of the Turkish Voevode (Governor). During the Greek War of Independence, Plaka like the rest of Athens, was temporarily abandoned by its inhabitants because of the severe battles that took place in 1826. The area was repopulated during the first years of King Otto's rule. Plaka had a sizable Arvanite community till the late 19th century, which led some to refer to it as the Arvanite quarter of Athens.At the same period the neighborhood of Anafiotika, featuring traditional Cycladic architecture, was built by settlers from the Aegean island of Anafi.

In 1884 a fire burned down a large part of the neighborhood which gave the opportunity for the archaeologists to conduct excavations in the Roman Market and Hadrian’s library. Excavations have been taking place continuously since 19th century. Modern neighbourhood

Plaka is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists around the year,and is under strict zoning and conservation regulations, as the only neighborhood in Athens where all utilities (water, power, cable television, telephone, internet, and sewage) lie underground in fully accessible, custom-made tunneling.

Museums in Plaka include the new Jewish Museum of Greece, the Museum of Greek Folk Art, an annex of which is the Old Public Baths building, the Frissiras Museum, the Museum of Popular Music Instruments, the Museum of Pavlos and Alexandra Kanellopoulou and the Athens University Museum. Excavations have proven that Adrianou Street is the oldest street in Athens still in continuous use with exactly the same layout since antiquity.(Wikipedia)

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Giorgos Dimitriadis on January 30, 2014

Thanks a lot Mauro for nice comment and YsL 8/11

정인우 on January 30, 2014

Hello ~~

Fantastic shot !

Very good photo ! Like it ! !!

Thank you so much my dear ...

Wonderful photo and beautiful !!!

Garzer on January 31, 2014

beautiful shot!L 13 + Fa 10! Greetings, Klaus

Cemil özkan on January 31, 2014


Giorgos Dimitriadis on January 31, 2014

Thanks a lot 정인우 for kind comment and Like 12

Giorgos Dimitriadis on January 31, 2014

Thanks a lot Klaus for nice comment and YsL 10/13

Giorgos Dimitriadis on January 31, 2014

Thanks a lot Cemil for kind comment and YsL 11/14

Ilie Olar on February 1, 2014

Very nice street view! YSL! Greetings from Romania, Ilie

Giorgos Dimitriadis on February 2, 2014

Thanks a lot Ilie for nice comment and YsL 12/15

Klaus Richter on February 8, 2014

A very beautiful street-view!
❤♥ FAV 13 + LIKE 16
Best wishes from Cologne, Klaus

Giorgos Dimitriadis on February 8, 2014

Thanks a lot Klaus for kind comment and YsL 13/16

►Mariano on March 4, 2014

Buena toma George. F+L. Mis saludos

Giorgos Dimitriadis on March 4, 2014

Thanks a lot Mariano for nice comment and YsL 14/17

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  • Uploaded on January 30, 2014
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    by Giorgos Dimitriadis
    • Taken on 2014/01/23 12:48:25
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