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Athens is home to one of history’s most important buildings, the Parthenon, but how does the city fare architecturally today? 
A spate of modern development, particularly a new museum that looks onto the Acropolis, suggests that things are looking up.

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  Guide to Greece: AthensAthens architecture has been famous for thousands of years, but what about modern design? Dwell uncovers the 21st century design scene. Photo by: Alex Subrizi  Photo by: Alex SubriziCourtesy of: 2009

    Guide to Greece: Athens

    Athens architecture has been famous for thousands of years, but what about modern design? Dwell uncovers the 21st century design scene. Photo by: Alex Subrizi

    Photo by: Alex Subrizi

    Courtesy of: 2009

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  Traditional facades and considerable foot traffic are the norm in neighborhoods like Monastiraki.  Photo by: Alex SubriziCourtesy of: 2009
    Traditional facades and considerable foot traffic are the norm in neighborhoods like Monastiraki.

    Photo by: Alex Subrizi

    Courtesy of: 2009

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  One of Greece’s greatest modern architects—–whose work seems to be perpetually under attack—–is Takis Zenetos. His Circular School from 1969, in the Agios Dimitrios neighborhood, is still in use.  Photo by: Alex SubriziCourtesy of: 2009
    One of Greece’s greatest modern architects—–whose work seems to be perpetually under attack—–is Takis Zenetos. His Circular School from 1969, in the Agios Dimitrios neighborhood, is still in use.

    Photo by: Alex Subrizi

    Courtesy of: 2009

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  The New Acropolis Museum hovers over a working archeological site, a fitting metaphor for Athens, where antiquity still enjoys an outsize presence today.  Photo by: Alex SubriziCourtesy of: 2009
    The New Acropolis Museum hovers over a working archeological site, a fitting metaphor for Athens, where antiquity still enjoys an outsize presence today.

    Photo by: Alex Subrizi

    Courtesy of: 2009

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  The Athens Tower by Ioannis Vikelas is one of the city’s modernist icons.  Photo by: Alex SubriziCourtesy of: 2009
    The Athens Tower by Ioannis Vikelas is one of the city’s modernist icons.

    Photo by: Alex Subrizi

    Courtesy of: 2009

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  Another gleaming gem of contemporary design is the city’s subway system. The station at Agios Dimitrios is the terminal for the Red Line.  Photo by: Alex SubriziCourtesy of: 2009
    Another gleaming gem of contemporary design is the city’s subway system. The station at Agios Dimitrios is the terminal for the Red Line.

    Photo by: Alex Subrizi

    Courtesy of: 2009

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  The OLP office block by Liapis and Skroumbelos is a fine example of Greek brutalism.  Photo by: Alex SubriziCourtesy of: 2009
    The OLP office block by Liapis and Skroumbelos is a fine example of Greek brutalism.

    Photo by: Alex Subrizi

    Courtesy of: 2009

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