Positioned on a peak above Plaka, this historic village lies dormant but was historically a hive of activity. The 19th century saw the establishment of a new monarchy in Greece, with King Otto sitting at it’s throne. A man whos visions were grand, he ordered Athens to be revamped, overseeing major construction work to restore the greek capital to its former glory. He spared no expense, calling upon the carpenters from the Cyclades and Anfiots, who were widely regarded as the most astute builders and architects of this age. From the island of Anafi, these skilled workmen settled at the northern slope of the Acropolis, and this new neighbourhood was aptly named as Anfiotika. The building you see resemble those found in their homeland, mainly consisting of colourful white cubed houses with flat roofs. Today there are no Anfiots to be seen, as this village was mostly reduced to rubble for archeological excavations during the 1950s. Only sixty beautiful buildings remain intact and each one of them is quite the sight to see.

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