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1960s Athens: Cool Vintage Photos Show Streets, Landmarks and Everyday life

During the 1960s, Athens developed and thrived as Greece was transitioning from an agricultural to an industrial nation. Modern movements such as the International style played an important role in the extension and development of Athens. It was the period of liberating vivacity, contestation, and anti-conformity starring youth and the action of its various groups. The center of Athens was largely rebuilt, leading to the demolition of a number of neoclassical buildings.

Here below are some stunning vintage photos that show street scenes, landmarks, and everyday life of Athens in the 1960s. And if you want to see how Athens looked like in the 1970s, you can see here.

#1 Sheep crossing the street in Ampelokipoi

Sheep crossing the street in Ampelokipoi

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#2 American Embassy in Athens

American Embassy in Athens

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#3 Heinrich Schliemann’s house, which now operates as the Numismatic Museum of Athens

Heinrich Schliemann’s house, which now operates as the Numismatic Museum of Athens

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#4 The market of Monastiraki

The market of Monastiraki

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#5 Selling olives at a local flea market

Selling olives at a local flea market

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#6 A view of Acropolis from Filopappou Hill

A view of Acropolis from Filopappou Hill

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#7 Syntagma Square

Syntagma Square

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#8 The Greek House of Parliament

The Greek House of Parliament

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#9 Soldiers of the Greek Cavalry in Michalakopoulou Street

Soldiers of the Greek Cavalry in Michalakopoulou Street

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#10 Fireworks in Athens after the Resurrection of Christ liturgy

Fireworks in Athens after the Resurrection of Christ liturgy

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#11 Syntagma Square, Athens

Syntagma Square, Athens

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#12 Acharnon Street, Athens

Acharnon Street, Athens

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#13 Athens from above

Athens from above

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#14 Athens from Hilton towards Syntagma

Athens from Hilton towards Syntagma

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#15 Brazilian, Athens

Brazilian, Athens

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#16 Brazilian, Athens

Brazilian, Athens

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#17 Eleftheroudakis Bookstore, Stadiou street, Syntagma, Athens

Eleftheroudakis Bookstore, Stadiou street, Syntagma, Athens

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#18 Kallirois Avenue, Athens

Kallirois Avenue, Athens

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#19 Kiok at Syntagma Square, Athens

Kiok at Syntagma Square, Athens

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#20 Mont Parnes Hotel, Athens

Mont Parnes Hotel, Athens

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#21 National Garden, Athens

National Garden, Athens

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#22 Omonoia, Athens

Omonoia, Athens

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#23 Papazisis Architect, Deinokratous street, Athens

Papazisis Architect, Deinokratous street, Athens

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#24 Syntagma Square, Athens

Syntagma Square, Athens

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#25 Syntagma, Athens

Syntagma, Athens

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#26 Syntagma, Athens

Syntagma, Athens

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#27 Syntagma, Athens

Syntagma, Athens

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#28 Vas. Konstantinou, Athens

Vas. Konstantinou, Athens

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#29 Villa Margarita, Athens

Villa Margarita, Athens

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#30 Zonar’s, Athens

Zonar's, Athens

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#31 The steps behind lead to the park at Agio Thomas.

The steps behind lead to the park at Agio Thomas.

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#32 Laiki Agora

Laiki Agora

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#33 Olive-sellers at the Laiki Agora

Olive-sellers at the Laiki Agora

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#34 Cindy admiring roast lamb, chicken and pork at a psistaria in downtown Athens.

Cindy admiring roast lamb, chicken and pork at a psistaria in downtown Athens.

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#35 Lycavettos looking towards Peristeri and Petroupouli which were like separate villages

Lycavettos looking towards Peristeri and Petroupouli which were like separate villages

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#36 Lycavettos looking towards Peristeri and Petroupouli which were like separate villages

Lycavettos looking towards Peristeri and Petroupouli which were like separate villages

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#37 Inside a Greek bus.

Inside a Greek bus.

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#38 Shoe stores on Pandrosou Street in Monastiraki.

Shoe stores on Pandrosou Street in Monastiraki.

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#39 Old taverna in the Plaka

Old taverna in the Plaka

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#40 Panapistimiou street and the University of Athens.

Panapistimiou street and the University of Athens.

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#41 David in Pireaus

David in Pireaus

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#42 Syntagama Square

Syntagama Square

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#43 Syntagma Square

Syntagma Square

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#44 The Stadium

The Stadium

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#45 Metropolis Street

Metropolis Street

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#46 Panapistimiou Street and Omonia Square.

Panapistimiou Street and Omonia Square.

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#47 Policeman directing traffic on Herod Attikou Street by the King’s Palace.

Policeman directing traffic on Herod Attikou Street by the King's Palace.

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#48 Pondrossou Street in Monastiraki

Pondrossou Street in Monastiraki

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#49 Athinas Street at the intersection of Vlahava Street.

Athinas Street at the intersection of Vlahava Street.

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#50 Karageorgis Servias Street at Syntagma.

Karageorgis Servias Street at Syntagma.

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#51 Easter at Agio Thomas as people leave the church with their candles.

Easter at Agio Thomas as people leave the church with their candles.

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#52 King Paul’s casket passes the US Embassy

King Paul's casket passes the US Embassy

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#53 Kiosk on Herod Atticus Street by Zappion.

Kiosk on Herod Atticus Street by Zappion.

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#54 Marathon lake from the dam

Marathon lake from the dam

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#55 Spiro the barber had a shop in our building at 55 Mikras Asias.

Spiro the barber had a shop in our building at 55 Mikras Asias.

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#56 Ag Thomas.

Ag Thomas.

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#57 This may have been Easter Sunday at Ag Thomas.

This may have been Easter Sunday at Ag Thomas.

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#58 Mount Hymettos from our balcony

Mount Hymettos from our balcony

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#59 The guy from the hardware store at 55 Mikras Asias

The guy from the hardware store at 55 Mikras Asias

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#60 Spiro the barber

Spiro the barber

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#61 The laiki agora in Goudi

The laiki agora in Goudi

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#62 Selling olive oil at the laiki agora

Selling olive oil at the laiki agora

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#63 The central Market of Athens on a Sunday.

The central Market of Athens on a Sunday.

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#64 The corner of Aeoporou Papanastasiou and Mikalakopoulou Streets.

The corner of Aeoporou Papanastasiou and Mikalakopoulou Streets.

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#65 Syntagma Square during Apokreas-Carnival Season.

Syntagma Square during Apokreas-Carnival Season.

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#66 Tourist shop on Aiolou Street in Monastiraki

Tourist shop on Aiolou Street in Monastiraki

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#67 Monastiraki flea-market.

Monastiraki flea-market.

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#68 Laikeo-lottery tickets being sold in Omonia Square.

Laikeo-lottery tickets being sold in Omonia Square.

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#69 Panapistimiou Street

Panapistimiou Street

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#70 Omonia Square

Omonia Square

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#71 Iphestous Street in Monastiraki on Sunday

Iphestous Street in Monastiraki on Sunday

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#72 Apokreas: The square in the Plaka and the predecessor of Thanasis’ periptero.

Apokreas: The square in the Plaka and the predecessor of Thanasis' periptero.

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#73 Apokreas

Apokreas

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#74 Soldiers on horseback on Mikalakopoulou Street

Soldiers on horseback on Mikalakopoulou Street

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#75 Central Market

Central Market

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#76 Tourist shop in the Plaka.

Tourist shop in the Plaka.

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#77 Kanigos Square

Kanigos Square

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#78 Tanks at Zappion

Tanks at Zappion

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#79 Mount Lycavettos from the Acropolis.

Mount Lycavettos from the Acropolis.

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#80 Worker taking a nap

Worker taking a nap

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#81 Cart passes our apartment on Myhalakopolou Street.

Cart passes our apartment on Myhalakopolou Street.

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#82 Mihalakopolou Street

Mihalakopolou Street

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