Monday, October 11, 2010

Athens : Syntagma Station

It's like living among the dead. On it's walls are the ancient graves from Ancient Greek, Byzatine period & Early Christian time on top of the other.

There was one that had a skeleton in it.
See the box on the far right?

It's a museum within the Syntagma Station. In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the modern city of Athens.

The Syntagma Metro is not an ordinary station. It has more past to it compared to the others.
Apparently when they dug up to rebuilt the station, they found something more that just wriggly worms. There were artifacts of the past and also a third river that flowed in Athens. Who knows while trying to built a train station, they found the dry riverbed of Eridanos River, which used to flow from Lycavittos Hill.

I wish I can find something that big from the past in my backyard. Maybe a dinosaur.

 And how normal does this look from outside? The famous Syntagma Square with so much past in it's grounds.

And beside it is another historical building which is Hotel Grand Bretagne. Not only is it a Luxury Collection Hotel, it withstood time being buile in 1842 and became the comfort place for the Nazis.

Athens fell to the Nazis April 28 1941 it became the headquarters of the third Reich and filled with hundreds of officers. For three years the Nazis lived in the hotel with regular visits by Goering and Himmler.

This place has come far from the past. Presently with the cheapest room from 270€.


Kristina said...

What a cool metro station!!
I have been to Athens for business a couple of weeks ago and only made it up the Akropolis! But you had much nicer weather then me :)
Viele Gruesse, Kristina

reeyau said...

It's like a mini museum in d midst of a busy modern city. maybe you should check it out on your next trip there. =D