Technopolis - Municipal Enterprise
for the Protection and Promotion of the Athens
Gazi Industrial Archaeological Park
100 Pireos St,
210 3461589, 210 3467322
The City of Athens Technopolis,
an industrial museum of incomparable architecture - among the most interesting
in the world, has been transformed into a multipurpose cultural space. The
centre has assisted in the upgrading of a historic Athens
district and the creation of yet another positive element in Athens' cultural identity.
It is housed in the city's
former gasworks, on a site known as Gazi spanning some 3 hectares,
next to the Kerameikos area and in close proximity to the Acropolis. The gasworks
was gradually transformed into an education centre and host venue for various
events. The visitor can take a stroll through the site filled with images,
knowledge and emotions.
The charm of a bygone area, conveyed through stacks,
enormous cauldrons (gasometers), chimneys and ovens, "conspires" with reverence
to establish the site as a "factory" for the protection and production of art. Etymologically,
the word "gas" (derived from the ancient German galist, later geist) means
operation since 1999, Technopolis is
dedicated to the memory of the unforgettable composer Manos Hadjidakis.
honour of Greek poetry, eight of the buildings on the site bear the name of
great Greek poets: Andreas Embirikos
(Hall D1), Angelos Sikelianos (D4), Yannis Ritsos (Athina Municipal
Radio 9.84 FM amphitheatre) , Kostis Palamas (D10), Takis
Papatsonis (D6), Constantine Kavafy
(D7) and Kostas Varnalis (A8). Its trademark
is the innovative "Millennium
Sphere" sculpture, by artists Nikos and Yiorgos Papoutsidis, which portrays
the globe surrounded by olive branches, symbolising the wish and hope that peace
and humanity will prevail throughout the world.