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Kotzia Square

Kotzia Square
Πλατεία Κοτζιά
Former names Ludovic Square
General information
Type Open square
Architectural style Neoclassicism
Town or city Athens
Country Greece

Kotzia Square (Greek: Πλατεία Κοτζιά) 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.[1]

Location

The 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. There are 131 hotels located near the square. 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,[2] and is decorated with busts ot famous Athenians such as Pericles and Solon.[2]

History

Ludovic Square ca. 1900
Antiquities on display at Kotzia square: Tombs, an ancient street and parts of the city's fortification.
Statue of Pericles.

Built in 1874,[1] the square was formerly known as Loudovikou square.[3] 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.[4]

Excavations

In the middle of Kotzia square classical antiquities have been recently uncovered that include a large part of an ancient road, tombs and a small building.[1] The square is situated just outside of the ancient Acharnian Gate of Classical Athens.[3]

References

  1. ^ a b c Bowman, John S.; Marker, Sherry; Kerasiotis, Peter; Heidi, Sarna (2010). Frommer's Greece (Vol. 742). Frommer's. p. 140.  
  2. ^ a b Kotzia Square/City Hall Plaza/National Resistance Square Page. Greeceathensageaninfo.com.
  3. ^ a b Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies. University of London. Institute of Classical Studies. 2000. p. 127. 
  4. ^ Official Report of the XXVIII Olympiad: The Games (Vol. 2) (PDF). Athens 2004 Organising Committee for the Olympic Games S.A.   p. 299.

External links

  • Old photos of Kotzia square.
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