Athens, Greece

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NOVEMBER 04, 2008 – NOVEMBER 15, 2008

Athens is well known throughout the world for its extensive and rich history spanning many centuries. In fact its history is not only the oldest of any city in Europe, but also the world, having been continuously inhabited for more than seven thousand years. Athenians’ incredible understanding of philosophy, theater, art, architecture, and democracy has helped to lay the foundations for the modern western civilization. Today Athens continues build upon its history, rapidly emerging as a leading 21st century city and business center in Europe … [ for more purchase CIVIC INTIMACY ]

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Syntagma Square

Athens, Greece

Syntagma Square is by far the largest and most important square in Athens. Centrally located in the heart of the city, it is the site of the former Royal Palace but today houses the Greek Parliament. As a result of this location it is often the site of political demonstrations. Translated, “Syntagma” means “Constitution” and is named after the constitution that King Othon was forced to grant the people (after a military uprising) on September 3rd, 1843. Adjacent to the Parliament Building is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers, guarded by the “Evzones” who are dressed in traditional military costume. Each hour there is a ceremonial changing of the guard, which attracts many spectators. Beyond the Parliament and the Tomb sits the main portion of the square … [ for more purchase CIVIC INTIMACY ]

Kotzia Square

Athens, Greece

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Located between Omonoia Square and Monastiraki Square, and just north of Athens Central Market, is Kotzia Square. It is an important square for the city of Athens because it is where City Hall has been located since 1874. Also of note is Athens’ National Bank and Stock Exchange, located across the square from City Hall. Today the square itself is actually a large parking garage, which is located discreetly beneath the space. During construction of the parking garage the entire square was closed to the public, as it was inevitably turned into an archeological site after the digging began (common for almost all new construction in Athens). In fact, the new Stock Exchange building that sits on the southeast corner of the square is actually floating on large piers to allow for the archeological excavation to be revealed below … [ for more purchase CIVIC INTIMACY ]