Navarino Park


Lest you think anarchism is all about riots and squats: this is a reclaimed parking lot, which locals occupied and planted with greenery in 2009. It's still maintained by the neighbourhood, and flourishes with a creative playground, steadily growing fruit trees and, of course, street art.

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3. Athens University

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4. National Library

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7. Koraï 4

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8. Epigraphical Museum

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