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Is Omonoia Square Returning to Its Old, Charming Past?


The construction works continue. Credit: AMNA

The historic Omonoia Square in Athens is almost ready, after months of intense work to reshape the face of the Greek capital’s most central spot.
Once an aesthetic gem for the Athenians, Omonoia Square (which means the square of the concord) became synonymous with the downgrade of Athens’ downtown area.
Years of neglect and controversial reconstructions had made this square the epitome of wrong decisions and abandonment.
Criminals along with persistent dirt and lawlessness created an atmosphere in the 2000s and the 2010s that did not allow this central Athenian spot to flourish.
This is what the authorities who redevelop the square want to bring to an end.
Under the slogan ”Omonoia, like then,” the Greek authorities involved in the face-lift of the square hope that the result will bring the old, beautiful memories of Omonoia back to life.
Omonoia square in the 1960s

A massive fountain will be constructed at the heart of the square, similar to the one that was there in the 1960s.
Its diameter will be thirty meters and it will include 13 jets and 188 bundles of water.
A smart technology system will be attached to it so that when winds are strong, the water will go at a lower height to protect the passers-by.
The construction work began in October and the square is expected to be ready by the end of February.

Related: How Athens’ Historic Omonoia Square Has Changed Over the Decades

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