Akadimia Platonos

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Akadimia Platonos
Ακαδημία Πλάτωνος
Neighborhood
A church in Akadimia Platonos
A church in Akadimia Platonos
Location within Athens
Location within Athens
Coordinates: 37°59′36″N 23°42′42″E / 37.99333°N 23.71167°E / 37.99333; 23.71167Coordinates: 37°59′36″N 23°42′42″E / 37.99333°N 23.71167°E / 37.99333; 23.71167
Country Greece
Region Attica
City Athens
Postal code 104 41
Area code(s) 210
Website www.cityofathens.gr

Akadimia Platonos (Greek: Ακαδημία Πλάτωνος pronounced [akaðiˈmia ˈpla.to.nos]) is a neighbourhood located 3 km (2 mi) west-northwest of the downtown part of the Greek capital of Athens.

History[edit]

The area is named after Plato's Academy, which he founded in the area in 387 BC and which continued to operate until its closure by Byzantine Emperor Justinian I in 529 AD on charges of un-Christian activity. Excavations of Ancient artefacts began in 1929 and continue to the present day, under the auspices of the third General Directorate of Antiquities.

The area saw housing developments in the early part of the 20th century when Athens began to grow. An industrial zone was also laid out during this time. The area was mostly urbanised during the period after World War II and the civil war.

Present day[edit]

The area is densely populated, with people mainly living in five to seven-storey buildings. Major streets bordering this subdivision include Lenorman Avenue to the east, Palamidou Street to the south and Athinon Avenue (GR-8 and GR-8A and E90 westbound.)

The two main squares are Akademia Platonos and Metaxa. The population is approximately 15,000.

Residential streets[edit]

Several residential streets are named after places in the Peloponnese, famous people, and myths.

Alamanas Street
Alexandrias Street
Amplianis Street
Angelopoulou Street
Argous Street
Astrous Street
Dimosthenous Street
Epidavrou Street
Evrosynis Street
Evkleidis Street

Flioudos Street
Gordiou Street
Levidiou Street
Marathonomachon Street
Milou Street
Monastiraki Street
Nafpliou Street
Nevrokopiou Street
Platonos Street
Pylou Street

Serron Street
Tilefanous Street
Themiskyras Street
Tileou Street
Tripoleos Street
Vassilikon Street
Vourbiani Street

Amenities[edit]

Akadimia Platonos has schools, lyceums (middle schools), gymnasia (secondary schools), churches, banks, shops and squares (plateies). The nearest Attiko Metro subway station is to the east (Metaxourghio metro station).

Akadimia Platonos has also given its name to the title of a movie screened in Locarno Film Festival 2009 directed by Filippos Tsitos.

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