Syntagma is the heart of modern Athens, a business and bar district with Plateia Syntagmatos (Syntagma Sq) its historic meeting point, political centre and transport hub. Just a short walk away is Plaka, the heart of old Athens, virtually all that existed when the city was declared the new Greek nation's capital in 1834. With narrow streets winding by neoclassical mansions, Byzantine churches and tavernas straight out of movies, Plaka is ground zero for Athens tourism. But lifelong residents and a splash of graffiti keep its soul strong.