The Athens Culture Net of the Municipality of Athens offers the “Athenian Routes” a program with historical tours, artistic experiences and walks in the month of May. The aim of the program is that participants get to know through the routes special parts of the city, invisible corners, but also unknown stories of Athens from yesterday and today.
Athenian Routes give the opportunity not only to Greeks but also to foreign residents or visitors to the city to participate take part in it.
The program starts on Sunday, May 8 and will end on Sunday, May 29, 2022.
Participation is free of charge and previous online registration is necessary.
Two of the routes are scheduled in English. These are:
Return to New Athens – Nadia Georgakopoulou (Alexandria Publications) – Sunday May 8: Looking at the past through the future. Starting from Hadrian’s Gate, the route will stop at emblematic Athenian buildings and public spaces of the 19th century, while the narrative will focus on the architecture, the history, but also on the words of their protagonists. The walk will continue to the Zappeion, the National Garden, the Syntagma, the Ilios Melathron, the Ophthalmology Clinic, the Catholic Church and the emblematic Athenian Trilogy.
Starting time: 13:30 – Registration from May 2 at the link:
Dark Athens – Arthur Antonopoulos (Alexandria Publications), Sunday 29 May: The route highlights the transition of Athens from yesterday to the modern attractive and historic metropolis.
In this story, modern figures of the city have unexpected encounters with figures from Greek mythology. “Dark Athens”, is a fascinating crime adventure in the streets of the city, starring the hidden symbols and the historical monuments that adorn it. The Athenian route of May 29, highlights the transition of Athens from yesterday to the modern attractive and historic metropolis. Following in the footsteps of the heroine of his book, who tries to unravel the tangle of a conspiracy, the route starts from the City Hall of Athens (Kotzia Square) and will continue to Klafthmonos Square and the buried Walls of the city and the Old Parliament. Then it will head to the historic buildings of Syntagma and the commercial streets (Ermou and Stadiou) to reach Zappeion.
Starting time: 13:30 – Registration from May 24 at the link
These two routes are offered also in Greek.
In addition the program has in Greek also :
Snehta residency – The Kypseli Beehive of artists and visual artists – Saturday 14 May: An original tour, which highlights the evolution of the history of Kypseli distrcit of Athens with emphasis on its cultural and mainly artistic course.
First Cemetery of Athens: Outdoor sculpture, Saturday 21 May. A walk in the most important monuments of modern Greece and an acquaintance with architectural types and expressions of burial sculpture, as presented in the cemetery of the capital.
First Cemetery of Athens: In the place where the poets sleep, Saturday 28 May. A tour of the monuments of poets and writers in the First Cemetery of Athens, which remain unknown to the general public. Excerpts from their works will be read during the walk.
More details in Greek at the Athens Municipality website here.