Revival of History: The Reconstruction of Athens’ Armenians Square
Rejuvenating a Historic Square
The historic “Armenians Square” in Athens, long abandoned, is now pulsating with life once more following its extensive reconstruction. The area, bordered by Andrea Syngrou Avenue and the streets of Voltaire, Stroganoff, and Kallirois, is now an integral part of the daily life of the Neos Kosmos neighborhood’s residents, according to Athens Mayor, Kostas Bakogiannis. This reconstruction holds both symbolic and practical importance for the Armenian community of Athens and the entire neighborhood.
Modern Specifications and Climate Consciousness
In the recent refurbishment, the square has been redesigned to be open, safe, and in line with modern specifications to meet the climate crisis conditions and the needs of the residents. The greenery has been enhanced with 19 new trees and large flower beds. The pavement has been laid with cool materials, specifically cobblestones in ochre and red shades, reflecting a careful consideration of the city’s climate.
Water and Greenery: Focal Points of the Reconstruction
The square now boasts a new fountain with floor jets, turning water into an engaging element to attract visitors of all ages and contribute to the fight against climate change. Combined with the enhanced greenery, these interventions create a pleasant, friendly, and cooler environment for visitors, while also achieving low heat retention.
Comfort and Accessibility at the Forefront
For the comfort of the visitors, pergolas with climbing plants have been installed to create suitable shaded spaces, and seating areas have been introduced. Metal seats with wooden elements can be found under the pergolas, while concrete benches with wood are placed near the new fountain and in the part of the square towards Kallirois Street. To ensure the safety of the square’s visitors, new LED-type lights have been installed, offering more and better-quality light. In an effort to facilitate people with disabilities, ramps have been constructed on the sidewalks, and a guidance system for blind people has been installed, leading into the square.
The Square: A Symbol of Armenian-Greek Relations
The reconstruction of the Armenians Square comes at a significant time when Armenia and Greece recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of their diplomatic ties. Iconic buildings across Greece were illuminated with the tricolours of the Armenian flag on this occasion. The Armenian Ambassador to Greece expressed his gratitude to Athens Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis for the support. Greece was one of the first countries to recognize Armenia’s independence from the Soviet Union on September 21, 1991, and has since been one of Armenia’s major partners.
The revitalization of the Armenians Square is a testament to the city’s dedication to preserving its historical landmarks while adapting them to modern needs and standards. It also symbolizes the enduring bond between Greece and Armenia, two nations with deep-rooted historical ties and shared values. This square, once abandoned, now stands as an emblem of unity and resilience, mirroring the spirit of the two nations it represents.
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