This is one of the most central and frequented places in Athens. In the background lies the building of the Greek Parliament, "a neoclassical three-floor structure designed by Friedrich von Gärtner and completed in 1843, [and] originally served as a palace, according to Wikipedia.
Below the parliament is the Monument to the Unknown Soldier and across the street extends Syntagma (Constitution) Square and under it one of the city's most important metro stations (an exit can be seen through the trees on the right). The mountain in the distance is Hymettus.
I took this photo from the top floor of a department store building, from the balcony of the cafe', very grateful to a sitting gentleman who allowed me to hover over his head for a couple of minutes.
Syntagma Square is the theatre of frequent demonstrations in recent years as things in our financial condition and prospects go from bad to worse. Tonight the members of Parliament are called to vote for another set of very hard and once unimaginable measures or else Greece will not receive another sum on loan. Most of the money the country has recieved so far has been used to pay loan interests. The debt is always growing.
I found an article that might give you an idea about the current situation in
Wrong Prescription for Greece
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
Published: July 9, 2013
Greece and its financial overseers agreed on terms for continued bailout payments on Monday. The agreement is cause for relief — without it Greece would go bankrupt. But, at the same time, it is no cause for celebration — indeed, quite the opposite. Greece must eventually carry out painful reforms. But the precondition for these reforms is not the austerity demanded by the agreement but economic revival.
Greece is already in critical condition and Monday’s agreement will only make things worse. Years of austerity and depression have poisoned Greek politics, idled more than one in four of its workers (and nearly two in three of its young people) and torn holes in its social safety net. [....]
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marabu61 (7829) 2013-07-17 7:09
Oh, Syntagma square, that brings back a lot of memories of being lost with the rental car in Athens. The square is quite a nightmare for drivers.
Great elevated POV with the mountains in the background.
have a great day
goodwill (4224) 2013-07-17 7:23
Few shots are impressive from the thumbnail to the full file, and this shot belongs tho the same category.
A lovely view of the temple of democracy in your country, where the think tank sits and make policies for the nation.
What I like in your notes other then the information about this palce, is your positioning on the top floor of the store,while clciking the shot. This is what inspires others. Photography is opium and a healthy way of life, by sharing your best with the community- you spread joy and happiness.
Its interesting to see that the cars(black) are parked here with their front wheels on the road. Do these cars belong to the previliged few? The road has become alive withn the contrast of black and yellow.
With focal lenght of 6.3 mm, you have covered a wide range, thats not the only beauty of the camera, but the POV of the holder of the lens too.
Thanks Ourania for sharing this beautiful works of yours.
Nicou (118150) 2013-07-17 7:26
fantastique vue sur ce parlement, vue plongeante et iamge sueprbe quel édiffice large avec ce ciel ces montagnes en fond le voitures en couleur sueprbe.
bravo et amitié
Indrasish (2833) 2013-07-17 8:59
What a composition!! Wow.. Great.. Nice view of this area.. Nice framing and superb image quality too.. Very well done..
have a nice day and wish you all the best..
jemaflor (82098) 2013-07-17 9:33
Good pov on the Parliament, a camposition well balaced with the street on the left side and all these yelow taxis.
abmdsudi (41266) 2013-07-17 10:43
An interesting elevated pov, excellent clarity in a rather overcast day sweeping the eye in immense depth with the distance mountain and the lush trees creating good visual impact in general. It's neatly arranged urbanscape with some lovely colors to complement and the parliament building creates strong focal. The road and vehicles lead smoothly into the subject of interest. In deed a fine effort, beautifully taken to the best of your ability. Congrats.
holmertz (38665) 2013-07-17 12:02
Greece is on everybody's mind these days, and has been for a few years, unfortunately not in a very favourable way. I think your problems go a long way back and are a combination of nepotism, bad management of the Greek state, careless European banks and a very unfortunate construction of the Euro system. Whatever the reasons, the results are terrible.
As for this photo you found a rarely used POV which makes me see the famous square in a different light. The proportions change when seen from above. The yellow and black cars in the street form a stunning crowd and the red kiosk is a colourful detail at the bottom. The Parliament building has been given a very fine background of the grey mountain.
Sonata11 (33203) 2013-07-17 19:28
wonderful composition of architecture and daily life scene. Fantastic photo job. Colors, sharpness, clarity, POV are magnificent. I like it. Perfectly well done. Tfs.
bayno (18342) 2013-07-17 23:30
Ahhhh....le sedi del potere, il posto dovesi decidono le sorti della gente e per lo più le ingiustizie...
Ottimo POV e bella inquadratura, il sole non splendeva...ma come può? evidentemente si era nascosto per la vergogna...ovviamente il discorso non è solo rivolto alla grecia ma è globale....
Buona giornata Ourania...
carlo62 (29453) 2013-07-17 23:56
una foto austera che è l'immagine della stessa Gracia e di tanti altri paesi europei.
Sono lontane le immagini piene di sole e mare, che fortunatamente ci sono, per dare spazio a notizie più concrete, anche se più dolorose, si tratta solo di un periodo, magari più lungo e difficile del solito, ma sempre limitato nel tempo, la speranza è di tornare al più presto a sorridere tutti insieme.
kordinator (14831) 2013-07-18 0:09
Nice postcards from Athens.
An attractive picture with special regards to the chosen pov, composition, colors and sharpness.
jhm (136708) 2013-07-18 3:58
We get always very bad news out of Greece, again strikes and people without work.
You took these picture out of the height with a fantastic result.
Colours and subject, are so soft and attractive.
I like your picture with buildings and mountains in background wonderful.
Very well done, TFS.
bona (12387) 2013-07-18 7:26
I like the view you got phot this building. The man was really gentle which result in this nice photo. The Parliament building is very attractive, I think a close view of the columns.
Nice street movimento too.
Noel_Byrne (22112) 2013-07-18 10:40
Thank you for posting this shot of this fine building, and for placing it in context in my mind! I see this place on the news a lot, but I could never figure out of its in an urban or parkland setting, so you have answered that for me :)
It is a fine building quite quiet in its tone and design. It looks great against these mountains.
As for your note and the comment on poisoned politics, you have my most sincere sympathies from Ireland. We too have seen the worst of what politics can be come to play in recent years, and the ones who suffer are the elderly, disabled, anybody vulnerable while the rich continue to get richer. It makes me wonder how much longer it can continue before the whole thing falls apart. I wish you and your countryfolk the very best of everything.
npecanhuk (62544) 2013-07-18 17:11
A point of view and a composition that are not very common for Athens! Thank you for presenting it that way to all of us!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition truly pleased me!
Miguel82 (21744) 2013-07-19 4:10
Imposant buildings of Athens city center Ourania
You took that picture from an excellent point of view
I can see the yellow taxis and the local buses
Excellent sharpness and colors
Have a nice day
ikeharel (54195) 2013-07-20 0:56
Made a fine choice of perspective, when placed the building on left side on image. This created extra DOF and side-frame to the scene, leading the eyes to the other object notable: the Greek parliament building.
Yellow cabs and black other cars in good contrast on street view, while mostly green trees on opposite. Also, I see a pedestrian tunnel on right mid-pic. for visitors/tourists there.
Nice premeditated photo.
Enjoy a nice weekend,
Silvio1953 (118290) 2013-07-20 14:59
Ciao Ourania, gran bel POV sull'imponente edificio, bella vista di vita urbana, ottima prospettiva, i guai li abbiamo anche in Italia, speriamo di uscirne bene insieme, buona Domenica, ciao Silvio