I expected to see some good pieces every here and there, like it usually is in most of the places. But to my great surprise graffiti and murals cover the big part of Athens. It was literally everywhere, even in the oldest, most touristy area, next to the ancient ruins, so overlooked by crowds. I was overwhelmed by the great finds on every step! After walking around for a while I could already distinguish which pieces were created by the same artist. The most I liked the series of paintings of girl with a wavy hair – I spotted them all over the city and they were the prettiest
The biggest number of street art can be found in Exarchia – the alternative neighborhood of Athens, famous for the riots that often take place there. In this part of the city literally every building, every wall, every door was covered in some kind of graffiti. Some were better, most were not that good. Sometimes the awesome pieces were covered by random writing. But the overall impression was overwhelming, I felt like I found myself in the street art paradise. I was wandering around slowly, carefully looking at each corner not to miss anything.
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I’ve been to many cities where the street art scene was amazing – Montreal, Toronto, Barcelona, Tartu or recently Amman – but Athens was the most surprising one. I felt like it was a smaller yet equally awesome version of Berlin and I enjoyed every single moment exploring it, especially when my wanders around were full of wonderful street art finds. Below you can see some of the best examples
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