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Kotzia Square, Athens

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Kotzia Square is a square in central Athens, Greece. The square retains several characteristics of 19th-century local neoclassical architecture, such as the City Hall of the Municipality of Athens and the National Bank of Greece Cultural Center. It is named after Konstantinos Kotzias, former Mayor of Athens.LocationThe square is surrounded by the following streets: Efpolidos Street to the north, Athinas Street to the west, Kratinou to the south, and Aiolou Street from the east. The square itself is south of Omonia Square and north of Monastiraki square.Kotzia square lies in front of the City Hall of the Municipality of Athens, and is decorated with busts of famous Athenians such as Pericles and Solon.HistoryBuilt in 1874, the square was formerly known as Loudovikou square. During the 2004 Summer Olympics, it served as the start and finish venue of the Athens historic centre circuit for the men's and women's road race events, as well as for various artistic events.
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  • Coming back from the National Museum we arrive in this immense modern square with a central installation always in modern style meeting point because on it overlook numerous bars and clubs.
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  • I didn't see this square on my last visit to Athens in 2018. This time I just happened to walk through it on the way from the Archaeological Museum to the main historical district. It's nice enough an...  more »
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