Alexandras Avenue in Gyzi
Location within Athens
|Postal code||114 73, 114 74, 114 75, 115 22|
The area was named around 1925 after famous painter Nikolaos Gyzis. By all rights, the neighbourhood should have been called Γύζη (pronounced [ˈʝi.zi]). However, due to the fact that he signed his paintings using the Latin alphabet (as he lived in Germany for a time period), this was reabsorbed into the Greek language with the current spelling and pronunciation.
History and amenities
Gyzi was rapidly urbanised during the 1960s and 1970s.
It is popular among Greeks for having a strong base of Panathinaikos fans, one of the most historical Greek athletic clubs. Gyzi used to have a small river, the Vafeiochori, which was situated where Vafeiochoriou street is today. Local teams include Gyziakos and Panellinios. There are two primary schools and four high schools in the area.
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