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Kotzia Square, Athens

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Kotzia Square is a square in central Athens, Greece. The square retains several characteristics of 19th-century local neoclassical architecture, such as the City Hall of the Municipality of Athens and the National Bank of Greece Cultural Center. It is named after Konstantinos Kotzias, former Mayor of Athens.LocationThe square is surrounded by the following streets: Efpolidos Street to the north, Athinas Street to the west, Kratinou to the south, and Aiolou Street from the east. The square itself is south of Omonia Square and north of Monastiraki square.Kotzia square lies in front of the City Hall of the Municipality of Athens, and is decorated with busts of famous Athenians such as Pericles and Solon.HistoryBuilt in 1874, the square was formerly known as Loudovikou square. During the 2004 Summer Olympics, it served as the start and finish venue of the Athens historic centre circuit for the men's and women's road race events, as well as for various artistic events.
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  • July 12, 2017
    Many people just chilling. It seemed a little touristy. I personally did not see the excitement to hang out here. It was clean though.  more »
  • July 11, 2017
    If you are into archeology and history you may find this square more interesting that I found it. It is a regular touristy square, a lot of little shops selling souvenirs, cafes, snack shops etc. Ther...  more »
  • July 6, 2017
    Descending from Omonia, the City Hall square to remind us that this was once the center of Athens. Surrounded by the most ugly they popular, remains an intervention to try to redevelop the area, which has left us indifferent.
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