Dionysiou Areopagitou Street

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Coordinates: 37°58′10.95″N 23°43′35.12″E / 37.9697083°N 23.7264222°E / 37.9697083; 23.7264222

View of the street

Dionysiou Areopagitou Street (Greek: Οδός Διονυσίου Αρεοπαγίτου, Greek pronunciation: [oˈðos ðjoniˈsiu areopaˈʝitu]) is a pedestrianized street, adjacent to the south slope of the Acropolis in the Makrygianni district of Athens. It is named after Dionysius the Areopagite, the first Athenian convert to Christianity after Apostle Paul's sermon, according to the Acts of the Apostles.

The street runs from east to west. It starts from Amalias Avenue near the Arch of Hadrian and ends near Philopappos Hill where it meets Apostolou Pavlou Street, the continuation of the pedestrian zone around the archaeological site of the Acropolis and the Agora.

The street was first mapped in 1857 in a more northern than today's position, adjacently to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. It was redesigned and acquired its shape in 1955 by architect Dimitris Pikionis who also designed the paved paths of the archaeological site. The street was finally pedestrianized in 2003.[1][2]

Buildings and monuments[edit]

An early 20th-century mansion with Art Nouveau and Eclecticist elements on Dionysiou Areopagitou Street.

The beginning of the street near Amalias Avenue has buildings on both sides. However, after Makrygianni Street, buildings cease on the north side and give place to the archaeological site of the Acropolis. Near is the entrance to the ancient Theatre of Dionysus. On the south side is the Acropolis Museum and an upmarket residential district with luxury apartment buildings and mansions. Near the end is the entrance to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. In the middle of the street were found the foundations of the house of Proclus.

Notable residents[edit]

  • Vangelis Papathanasiou, composer. He owns a neoclassical mansion near the Acropolis Museum which was threatened to be demolished during the construction of the museum.
  • Konstantinos Parthenis, painter. His house was demolished during the pedestrianization.
  • Akis Tsochatzopoulos, politician. His expensive apartment which he bought using money from economic scandals has caused a stir.
  • Xenophon Zolotas, economist and interim prime minister of Greece.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b (Greek) Ελένη Αργυρίου (28 March 2008). "Καθ' οδόν: Στη Διονυσίου Αρεοπαγίτου". Ριζοσπάστης; Retrieved March 2013
  2. ^ (Greek) Dimitris Diamantopoulos (17 June 2009). "O μεγάλος περίπατος". Lifo; Retrieved June 2014