Syntagma

Seventy bodies of wildfire victims identified, 14 missing

The fire service said on Monday it has identified 70 of the bodies recovered by rescue teams in the deadly blaze that ripped through a seaside town in east Attica last week, while 14 remained missing.

The previous briefing by the fire department spoke of 59 identified bodies and 25 missing.

Bomb threat made against Interior Ministry

Police in Athens have cordoned off the area around the Interior Ministry on Vassilissis Sofias Avenue near central Syntagma Square as experts investigate a bomb threat.

Anonymous callers on Friday morning told staff at Efimerida ton Syntakton newspaper that two bombs had been planted in the ministry and were timed to go off at 10.30 a.m. and at 12 noon.

Circus at the SNFCC | Athens | June 17-24

Circus performers will be at different locations of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center from 6.30 p.m. every day from Sunday, June 17, to Sunday, June 24, entertaining visitors with weird and wonderful tricks and stunts. Admission to the park is free of charge and there's a free shuttle bus that runs between the SNFCC and Syntagma Square via the Fix metro station.  


Pedestrian crossing painted for Athens Pride parade

A pedestrian crossing at Syntagma Square in central Athens has been painted with the colors of the rainbow as part of the 2018 Athens Pride parade, which will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Parliament will be lit up with the same colors later in the evening. This is the 14th year the Pride festival held in the Greek capital. [Alexandros Beltes/ANA-MPA]

Prominent Greek sculptor dies at age 87

Greek sculptor Theodoros Papadimitriou, who signed his work with his first name, died in Athens on Friday at the age of 87.

Theodoros is best known to the general public for his sculpture "Metro Clock," which graces the main concourse of the Syntagma metro station in central Athens, but also a stainless steel and bronze piece he did for the Athens Exchange called "Rising Index."

Ian McEwan | Athens | April 25 & 26

Critically acclaimed British screenwriter and novelist Ian McEwan has been invited to deliver a talk, titled "The Self: The Invention of the Literary Persona," as part of events marking Athens's stint as 2018 World Book Capital. The lecture at the Athens Concert Hall, organized with the support of the British Council, starts at 7 p.m.

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