72 HOURS IN MODERN ATHENS - THE MISUNDERSTOOD METROPOLIS

By BECKI ENRIGHT at 11.Nov

Bestowed with the glorious history of the ancients, yet fighting off a misunderstood contemporary persona, the identity of Athens is hard to describe. It’s multi-layered and convoluted, and outside of its Acropolis fame, many ignore the edgy metropolis whose heart beats amongst the scattering of centuries-old ruins.

Yet, what is the identity of modern Athens? Does it even have one that can be easily defined like many of its European capital counterparts?

Greece is a country that has been involved in seven wars and various occupations, with Athens in particular being a muddle of identities and victim to destruction and a ‘functional’ post-war rebuild. It’s hard to define it based on a mix of its Hellenic, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman past, alongside its placement on the world map that brings in elements of the exotic east, a touch of the west and the feel of the neighbouring Balkan Slavic states.

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