A little bit of Paris: Beaux-Arts Classicism in Athens

Iris Movie Theater of the Athens Student Club (1926-1931) by Alexandros Nikoloudis. Image (c) ΠΟΦΠΑ. Athens has quite the stable of Beaux Arts buildings. The neoclassical style espoused by the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris was a domestic hit from 1880 to 1920. Greek architects trained at the Parisian École married the well-established architectural language of classicism with Renaissance forms resulting in theatrical and heavily ornamented structures. Many of Athens’ most pro

Discover Athens with Big Olive

Written by Alexander Clapp “If you haven’t seen Athens you’re a fool,” quipped Herakleides Kritikos. Twenty-three centuries later – following countless invasions, sweeping population exchanges and the transformation of Athens into Greece’s national capital – the ancient historian’s blunt counsel still rings true. Enter Yannis Zaras and Nicolas Nicolaides. In the summer of 2012 the pair founded Big Olive City Walks, a touring agency that offers clients the chance to explore At