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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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    Photo by Alex Subrizi.
    Photo by Alex Subrizi.
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  Traditional facades and considerable foot traffic are the norm in neighborhoods like Monastiraki.  Photo by Alex Subrizi.
    Traditional facades and considerable foot traffic are the norm in neighborhoods like Monastiraki. Photo by Alex Subrizi.
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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 Subrizi.
    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.
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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 Subrizi.
    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.
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  The Athens Tower by Ioannis Vikelas is one of the city’s modernist icons.  Photo by Alex Subrizi.
    The Athens Tower by Ioannis Vikelas is one of the city’s modernist icons. Photo by Alex Subrizi.
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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 Subrizi.
    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.
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  The OLP office block by Liapis and Skroumbelos is a fine example of Greek brutalism.  Photo by Alex Subrizi.
    The OLP office block by Liapis and Skroumbelos is a fine example of Greek brutalism. Photo by Alex Subrizi.

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