Asyrmatos, Athens

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Asyrmatos is located in Athens
Coordinates: 37°58′10″N 23°42′55″E / 37.96944°N 23.71528°E / 37.96944; 23.71528Coordinates: 37°58′10″N 23°42′55″E / 37.96944°N 23.71528°E / 37.96944; 23.71528
Country Greece
Region Attica
City Athens

Asyrmatos (Greek: Ασύρματος) or Attaliotika (Ατταλιώτικα) is a neighborhood of Athens, Greece. It is located in the west slopes of Philopappos Hill, next to Ano Petralona district. Asyrmatos named after the transmitting antenna of Greek Navy (asyrmatos is the Greek word for the wireless broadcasting). This area was an old quarry where refugees from Asia Minor were settled, after Asia Minor Disaster.[1] The most of refugees came from Attaleia, so the other name of this district is Attaliotika. The new settlement was built with off hand materials and looked like a slum. During the Dekemvriana, in 1944, the navy school and transmitting antenna were burnt down, so the government decided to accommodate the refugees in the area of old navy school facilities, with the building of some stone houses and one block of flats.[1]

Asyrmatos was used as natural scenery for the notable Greek neorealistic film Synoikia To Oneiro. The film was censored by the Greek authorities of the 1960s because it showed real pictures of poverty and misery near Athens.[2][3]