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Zografou

Zografou

We have been congested through its narrow streets with identical shops and cafes. We have spotted many young people strolling with an air of class, perhaps it ‘s been students, coming out Zografou University and Technical School campuses .

Why do we recommend a walk in Zografou? Because of its points of interest, despite a few ”black” features. And also because half ”for free” team is Zografou locale and has a weak spot!

Let’s start with Marika Kotopouli’s Museum, located at 14, Al. Panagouli str. There has been summer residence of the well-known Greek actor, that was built in 1926. The house has been requisitioned by the Germans, during WWII occupation of Athens and later housed the local police station. Backed by the Association of Greek Actors, the City Council founded the museum and financed the restoration of the building, as a preserved site. The museum houses Marika Kotopouli’s personal possessions but hosts temporary exhibitions as well.

Next stop is the workshop of sculptor John Pappas, at  38, Anakreontos str. The building originally owned by the family, has been donated for life to Benaki Museum. The workshop compiles most of the great Greek artist’s works from 1930 on ,and has been a School of Fine Arts students’ workroom.

We continue our stroll into the park, next to Zografou household mansion (entrance from Anastasaki str.). This is an area of ​​9.5 acres that originally belonged to the family  and now has been shared by the Municipality and its lifelong owners. Access is prohibited to large fraction of the area (where the historical Villa stands) and the ride will be limited to the left of the fence. Take a glance behind the fence and imagine the green space open to everyone!

We’d like to point out that Zografou Mansion has been a major issue in recent years, and the agreement between the family and the City Council to build a commercial and entertainment 2-storey mall of 14,325 sg.m. on top of a 4-storey parking lot has provoked strong reaction by the citizens, since each resident would amount to only 0.4sq.m of open space and even less grassy plot. If you wish to support the campaign, consult the website www.vilazografou.gr and check out the planned actions.

Our ultimate destination is the campus site, where you might reach after a mere 15 minutes’ walking, moving up the famous hills of the area (mind of your fitness)! The campus is vast, with plenty of green and a perfect open, to our opinion, for an afternoon walk and / or bicycle ride. If you ‘d like to access by car, keep in mind that the doors close at 5 pm

A girlfriend, Calliope, would like to toss in that the area is also suitable for driving lessons. But not for driving skills’ shows, so wheelies, handbrake lever and extreme sports’ fans be careful.

Directions to strollers:

Marika Kotopouli Museum, 14, Al. Panagouli str., tel: 210-7703713. Hours: daily except Tuesday 10 am-1 pm and Saturday-Sunday 10 am-1 pm Admission free.
Directions:
Take each of the bus lines 230, 235, 608, and alight at   Kotopouli stop, Papagou Avenue. Walk a little backwards and turn right at «Everest» restaurant and cafe, Panagouli str.

Yannis Pappas’ Laboratory,   38 Anakreontos Street , tel: 210-7773946. Hours: Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays: 10 am-1 pm. Admission free.
From Papagou Avenue, where Panagouli str. ends, walk-up the avenue and turn right to the fourth close, onto Dimokratias str. The fourth cross street is Anakreontos and workshop is on your left hand.

Zografou Mansion
Turn back to Papagou ave. and head right to George Zografou ave. and Buses’ New Terminal. Crossing the pedestrian walkway on your left -where ”Aleka” theater stands- you will make left onto Anastasaki str.

Campus
Continue uptown through George Zografou Ave. Turn left to Polydorou str., next to the parking lot and the mansion. Cross Papagou ave. and you are found at Iroon Polytechniou str., fifth wide crossroad to Polydorou str,   where you turn right and face the entrance of the campus.

Net walking time from Kotopouli museum till the campus: 40 minutes

Have a nice ride!

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