Gazi Tours and Tickets
Gazi is a neighborhood of Athens, Greece. It surrounds the old Athens gasworks, which is the industrial museum and exhibition space "Technopolis", widely known as Gazi, next to Keramikos and close to the Acropolis. The old gasworks was founded in 1857. Around 1910, several brothels were set up in the area, a fact which led to brothels in general being referred to as 'Gazi'. During the mid-20th century, small dwellings with few rooms and large gardens began to spring up around the gasworks. These were generally home to large, poor families from Athens. Gazi was a deprived area but despite this, there was no associated high crime rate. The area was mainly inhabited by crate makers. In 1967, due to difficult socioeconomic conditions in northern Greece, many Muslim families established a presence in the area, working at the gasworks. Over the years, numerous garages, paint shops, tinsmiths and spare parts shops opened up in the area. To this day, there is a heavy Muslim presence in the area. A 'multicultural' school exists in the area, the 87th Elementary School of Athens, with a student body comprising 70% Muslim, 20% Greek Orthodox and 10% Albanian and Romanians. Gazi is home to the Technopolis of Athens, that spreads in an area of about 30,000 m2, an industrial museum of modern architecture which today operates as a multipurpose cultural center. In July 1986 the ministry of culture and Sports, Melina Merkouri, characterized the factory building as listed building and a year later on September 30, 1987 it turned into a focal point in the cultural identity of Athens with the contribution of the Municipality of Athens. Since the start of the 21st century, Gazi has experienced urban refinement and features active nightlife and night clubs, cafeterias, restaurants, gay and lesbian bars and several gay-friendly shops, establishing itself as an entertainment district. A branch of the Benaki Museum has also been installed in the area. Gazi has been connected with Thissio through the footpaths of Ermou, the construction of parks and free spaces, while the station of Kerameikos metro station was the station of its development. Kerameikos metro station on Line 3 of the Athens Metro is adjacent to the Technopolis of Gazi.
- Once Athens’ gritty industrial area, Gazi has reinvented itself as one of Athens’ coolest nightlife and entertainment hubs. Home to the Technopolis cultural center—the former gasworks that today hosts concerts, art exhibitions and a museum—the neighborhood is now crammed with bars, restaurants, live music venues, and nightclubs.Gazi is easy to explore on foot or by bike, with the majority of venues clustered around Technopolis and the surrounding streets of Iakou, Persephonis, Dekeleon, and Voutadon. By day, join a street art or food tour that includes a stroll through the area to take in its urban murals or food scene; many Athens e-bike tours also take a turn through Gazi. After sunset, nightlife tours are also a great way to discover the area’s hot spots and get the inside scoop on the hippest bars and clubs. Gazi is also the heart of the city’s LGBTQ scene, with the highest concentration of gay bars and dance clubs in Athens; join an LGBTQ culture tour to explore this vibrant side of the neighborhood.*Whether by day or night, you’ll be spending time on your feet to explore Gazi, so choose comfortable shoes and clothing to visit. *The vibrant nightlife here attracts locals and visitors alike, so head to Gazi after dark for an evening drink or a night of dancing in one of the many area clubs, elbow to elbow with Athenians. *Thick with restaurants and cafés, Gazi is considered one of the best areas of the city for dining. Head here for everything from classic Greek dishes to edgy contemporary cuisine. *The neighborhood is largely flat and paved, easy to explore with a wheelchair or stroller.The Gazi neighborhood is located in west Athens and the closest metro station is Kerameikos. You can also reach the area on foot or by bike from Syntagma Square by tracing the entire length of Ermou, the main pedestrian shopping street that begins at Syntagma and leads directly to the Technopolis cultural center in the heart of Gazi.Gazi is one of Athens’ buzziest neighborhoods 24 hours a day. During the day, you can take in its vibrant street art, bustling restaurants and cafés, and cultural center. In the evening, the streets and clubs fill with revellers out for a night of drinking and dancing. Experience both sides of the district by visiting by both day and night.
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