Set in the shadow of the Acropolis and often compared to the whitewashed villages of rural Greek islands, the Anafiotika quarter is populated by many descendants of the Anafi stonemasons who arrived from that small island in the 19th century to work in the expanding capital. It remains an enchanting area of simple stone houses, many nestled right into the bedrock, most little changed over the years, others stunningly restored. Cascades of bougainvillea and pots of geraniums and marigolds enliven the balconies and rooftops, and the prevailing serenity is in blissful contrast to the cacophony of modern Athens. In classical times, this district was abandoned because the Delphic Oracle claimed it as sacred ground. The buildings here were constructed by masons from Anafi island, who came to find work in the rapidly expanding Athens of the 1840s and 1850s. They took over this area, whose rocky terrain was similar to Anafi's, hastily erecting homes overnight and taking advantage of an Ottoman law that decreed that if you could put up a structure between sunset and sunrise, the property was yours. Ethiopians, imported as slaves by the Turks during the Ottoman period, stayed on after independence and lived higher up, in caves, on the northern slopes of the Acropolis.
Today, the residents are seldom seen—only a line of washing hung out to dry, the lace curtains on the tiny houses, or the curl of smoke from a wood-burning fireplace indicate human presence. Perched on the bedrock of the Acropolis is Ayios Georgios tou Vrachou (St. George of the Rock), which marks the southeast edge of the district. One of the most beautiful churches of Athens, it is still in use today. Ayios Simeon, a neoclassic church built in 1847 by the settlers, marks the western boundary and contains a copy of a famous miracle-working icon from Anafi, Our Lady of the Reeds. The Church of the Metamorphosis Sotiros (Transfiguration), a high-dome 14th-century stone chapel, has a rear grotto carved right into the Acropolis. For those with children, there is a small playground at Stratonos and Vironos
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dta (64142) 2014-07-17 10:18
Hello Lefteris ,
Another wonderful view , full of light and colors , from this so picturesque quarter of Athens .
asajernigan (20876) 2014-07-17 13:38
This is a great view from the shadow of the Acroplis. You show us a fine mixture of architectural styles in the vertical slice. The play of sun and shadow creates nice contrast throughout the scene. The lighting is great as is the photo's sharpness and color.
Mesut09 (362) 2014-07-17 14:50
my friend.. i want to see acropolis a lot in my life. but i couldnt see it yet so i am very disappointed. is this your home under acropolis. it is a nice stair with the cobblestone.
Congratulations for the photo..
timecapturer (46443) 2014-07-18 3:26
an enticing and beautiful study this. All the iconic Greek elements are here being perfectly placed and captured irresistibly. Superb light and shade with immaculate clarity make this a real winner! Love it!
Enjoy the weekend - B.
lousat (73853) 2014-07-18 12:23
Hi Lefteris,there is all the greek juice into your pic,a typical view of an old quarter caught in the best moment with the best light so well exposed,the detail and colors are very bright,i like the imposing perpspective too! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
ourania (28278) 2014-07-22 8:01
πάρα πολύ όμορφη και ελκυστική εικόνα, το κάδρο είναι γεμάτο με λεπτομέρειες και χρώματα που συναρπάζουν. Οι αντιθέσεις ως προς τα θέματα αλλά και ως προς τα χρώματα είναι εξαιρετικές, παρά τη μεγάλη ποικιλία, το σύνολο φαίνεται δεμένο πολύ καλά και κανείς δεν θα μπορούσε να αλλάξει κάτι. Υπέροχο το φως αλλά και η καθαρότητα των σκιών. Συγχαρητήρια και ευχαριστώ!
Να είσαι καλά, καλό σου βράδυ,
- Copyright: Lefteris Petroutsos (Lefteris13) (300)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-07-13
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D 7100, AF-S DX 18-200/3.5-5.6G ED VR II, 72 mm Circular Polariser HOYA
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-17 9:46