Location in Athens
Gazi (Greek: Γκάζι, pronounced [ˈga.zi]; formerly Γκαζοχώρι Gazochori or Φωταέριο Fotaerio) is a neighborhood of Athens, Greece. It surrounds the old Athens gasworks, which is the industrial museum and exhibition space "Technopolis", widely known as Gazi, next to Keramikos and close to the Acropolis.
During the mid-20th century, small dwellings with few rooms and large gardens began to spring up around the gasworks. These were generally home to large, poor families from Athens. Gazi was a deprived area but despite this, there was no associated high crime rate. The area was mainly inhabited by crate makers.
Over the years, numerous garages, paint shops, tinsmiths and spare parts shops opened up in the area.
Most of the brothels, which the area was known for in the past, have moved north to Omonoia.
To this day, there is a heavy Muslim presence in the area. A 'multicultural' school exists in the area, the 87th Elementary School of Athens, with a student body comprising 70% Muslim, 20% Greek Orthodox and 10% Albanian and Romanians.
Since the start of the 21st century, Gazi has been home to numerous gay and lesbian bars and several new clubs, cafeterias and restaurants in general, establishing itself as an entertainment district.
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