A Walk in Controversial Exarcheia District, Athens

Exarcheia is a hip haven of bohemian cool with a controversial past. This neighborhood of artists, students and intellectuals among others hit the headlines in 2008 for riots and troubles after a policeman shot and killed a 15-year-old boy. There is a shrine to the teenage student, set in a wall covered in graffiti. Exarcheia is also the home of the University of Athens, where there was a massive uprising in 1973 against the then ruling military junta. Many of today’s students live in the area, contributing greatly to its cool, laidback vibe. See lots of examples of free expression on the neighborhood’s buildings, their bricks and plaster used as canvasses for wall art and graffiti. The heart of the neighborhood is Exarcheia Square, a small plaza with cafés and fast food restaurants. On its west side is an old blue building, one of the first apartment buildings in Athens. After relaxing in the square, take to the streets that surround it and explore their shops. There are also a number of good dining options in Exarcheia with lots of well-priced tavernas and restaurants. For music fans, there are several rock clubs which also feature other musical genres such as live jazz and blues. This is also a great place to hear traditional music, played on such instruments as a bouzouki.
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A Walk in Controversial Exarcheia District Map

Guide Name: A Walk in Controversial Exarcheia District
Guide Location: Greece » Athens
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Discovery)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Author: emily

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