By George Gilson
Nearly three decades after it was finished by Yannis Pappas, one of the greatest Greek sculptors of the 20th century, a bronze equestrian statue of Alexander the Great has finally been installed in central Athens near the Zappeion, very near Syntagma Square and even closer to the columns of the Temple of Olympian Zeus.
The OLME union representing Greek public school teachers has organized a rally at noon on Friday in downtown Athens, which is expected to cause traffic jams in the city center.
Teachers, who walked off the job on Friday, will be gathering at Syntagma Square to protest an Education Ministry bill changing the university entrance exam system.
Greek police on Thursday announced it will temporarily shut off some streets in central Athens on Sunday (March 10) due to a movie filming in the area.
Residents will not be allowed to stop, park or drive through Syntagma square, Vasileos Georgiou avenue for its full length, and Stadiou street in the section between Amerikis street and Syntagma square between 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Erosion beneath a section of the Athens tramline between Neos Cosmos and central Syntagma that prompted its closure in October has given rise to a bold proposal to uncover a part of the Ilissos River, which was paved over in the 1950s and 60s and turned into what is now Vassileos Constantinou and Kallirois streets.
The Public book and multimedia store has invited award-winning up-and-coming Australian writer Hannah Kent to speak with fans and sign books at its central Athens and Thessaloniki branches on Tuesday, February 19, and Wednesday, February 20, respectively. Kent is the author of best-selling novels "Burial Rites" (2013) and "The Good People" (2016).