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Tzitzifies’ evacuee blocks of flats

Tzitzifies’ evacuee blocks of flats

The evacuee flats were built during the years 1932 – 1939 to house some 20,000 refugees from Asia Minor, who already struggled into makeshift shacks.

Nowadays, the region has been inhabited mostly by immigrants, most of whom are Muslims. While some of the houses look abandoned and arbitrary huts have been added to others, lacking uniformity and the original plan of construction, a stroll is worthwhile .

Neighborhoods are quiet and reminiscent of distant places and past times. Some of the images that we have captured: joyful children playing into yards speaking in Greek mixed with a lot of different languages, neighbors to enjoy their early afternoon coffee, sitting on old-fashioned chairs permanently attached to a dead-end street, teenagers lounging around on their bikes through narrow streets, cats sunning themselves on rooftops, fragrances of plant pots on colorful ledges, rickety toys left to the sidewalks.

Unfortunately, scores of large and repulsive buildings are springing up out of the blue. We wish that major facelift of the former Hippodrome (to be reconstructed to a modern National Library and a brand-new National Opera) will add up a lot of greenness to an area, in utmost need of, and will be combined with evacuee flats’ rehabilitation and greater area enhancement.

How can you get there: Take one of the buses 101, 130, 217, 229, A1, B1, C1, 860 and alight at Tzitzifies station, on the access road of the great avenue, heading Piraeus. Turn back, looking towards Paleo Faliro, and turn left on the first close, Epaminondas str.

Alternatively, use the line 450 and get off at Epaminondas str, last station at the waterfront or line 040, where you alight at the Theseus ave. last station next to seaside. Epaminondas str. is third close on your left, heading Paleo Faliro.

Have a great time!

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