Plaka is ‘Athens Old Town’ – very old. It was developed around and on the ruins of the Ancient Agora. The local area has been continuously inhabited since ancient Greece. Adrianou Street, running through Plaka, has been unchanged since antiquity. The people of Plaka look up to the Parthenon perched across the rock ledge above.
Like most of Greece, Plaka has seen its period of Turkish control when it was the centre of administration. Various wars including the war of Independence were fought in its streets. In 1884 a fire burned much of the Plaka area so archaeologists were able to commence the ongoing excavations of the Roman Market and Hadrian’s library. Plaka is one of the top tourist centres of Greece, even without any blue sea or beaches, with famed shops and restaurants all just a stone’s throw below the Acropolis.
The creations of Apostol have a magnetism unrealized in any other bronze and crystal glass…