Agios Panteleimonas, Athens

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Agios Panteleimonas
Άγιος Παντελεήμονας
Neighborhood
The cathedral of Agios Panteleimonas
The cathedral of Agios Panteleimonas
Location within Athens
Location within Athens
Coordinates: 37°59′44″N 23°43′32″E / 37.99556°N 23.72556°E / 37.99556; 23.72556Coordinates: 37°59′44″N 23°43′32″E / 37.99556°N 23.72556°E / 37.99556; 23.72556
Country Greece
Region Attica
City Athens
Postal code 104 40, 104 46, 112 51
Area code(s) 210
Website www.cityofathens.gr

Agios Panteleimonas or Aghios Panteleimonas (Greek: Άγιος Παντελεήμονας pronounced [ˈa.ʝos pan.de.leˈi.mo.nas]) is a neighbourhood of Athens, located northwest of the centre of Athens between Viktorias Square and Attikis Square. The main street of the district is Acharnon Avenue. The neighbourhood's name is owed in the big church of Agios Panteleimonas (Saint Pantaleon), built in this area during the interwar period.

The church[edit]

Agios Panteleimonas, often referred to as Agios Panteleimonas Acharnon because is located along Acharnon Avenue, is one of the biggest churches in Balkans.[1] Its erection started in 1920s and was one of the first buildings built by concrete. At first, only the foundations and the big cupola were built. For a while the works stopped and continued after the second World War. The temple finally completed during 1970s.[2]

Immigration problem[edit]

During the late 2000s, many immigrants from countries of Middle East and Africa settled in Agios Panteleimonas. The rapid increase in immigrants without permanent housing and work in the district brought about an increase of delinquency.[3][4] The gradual ghettoisation of the area has resulted in a negative reaction by residents and the increase in support of far-right organisations.[5]

Sports[edit]

Agios Panteleimonas hosts the basketball club Aetos B.C. with current presence in A2 Ethniki basketball (second division).[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Αγιοι και άθλιοι στον... Παντελεήμονα" (in Greek). enet.gr. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "Ιερός Ναός Αγίου Παντελεήμονα Αχαρνών" (PDF). 67gym-athin.att.sch.gr. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Ερμαιο συμμοριών ο Αγιος Παντελεήμονας". kathimerini.gr. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Τρόμου και ρατσισμού γωνία". enet.gr. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Greeks concerned as far-right party gains ground". ft.com. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Ο Αετός… Αγίου Παντελεήμονα". basketblog.gr. Retrieved 16 April 2015.