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The town hall of Athens
The Town Hall of Athens

In 1872 the building was constructed on two floors, but because the municipality services were limited at the time, and resources had to be found to pay off the loan, only the top floor was made available for the municipal authority. It included a large chamber of ceremonies, with the offices of the Mayor and the Chairman of the Town Council on the right and left of the facade, a conference room on the north side and offices in the rest of the space. The ground floor was given over to shops for rent.

The grand entrance of the town hall of AthensIn 1901, a plan to alter the building was put into effect. The main staircase was repaired, the flooring in the large foyer and the surrounding hallways was replaced, part of the top floor was reconstructed, the walls and ceilings were decorated and bathrooms were built. The one thing, however, that gave a completely new image to the interior of the Town Hall was the construction of the large reception hall. In 1937, a major alteration was made to the original building, in which only the external walls were kept and a second floor was added to the building.

With the implementation of the recent restoration the ground floor has been returned to the original design of alternating pillars and balancing elements, which give the lower portion of the building a sense of lightness and poise. The nineteenth-century architectural features, including the original eaves, pseudo-eaves, frames and pilasters around the central windows of the building, have been reinstated on the ground floor and the first floor. The second floor has been maintained in the form in which it was added in 1937. The restoration of the facade of the old Town Hall was completed in the spring of 1995.

Location map Athinas Street (across Plateia Kotzia - Kotzia Square)
Nearest metro station Omonia or Monastiraki Top



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