athens-today.com by Demetrio Rizzo
Athens Metro

Athens metro is a model metro that has been appreciated, praised and has been a source of inspiration for the biggest experts in the field. It's real jewel that shouldn't be missed, as it is increasingly seen as one of the most beautiful and original metros in the world!!!

"A real ancient and contemporary art museum under the city", "a drawing room", "an ultra modern environment", "a unique metro in the world", "it provides impeccable service", are some of the comments made by visitors and foreign journalists who have had used it.

Athens Metro Moreover, from research carried out by IOBE in collaboration with the EOQ (European Organism for Quality), it emerges that the Athenian metro is the first in Europe for the quality of its service (EPSI - European Performance Satisfaction Index) and for customer satisfaction (CSI - Customer Satisfaction Index). On the contrary to what we are used to seeing in metros in the rest of the world, in the Attik˛ Metr˛ stations (this the name of the Athens metro and of the company that is in charge of the two new lines), there's no graffiti, dirty tiles or beggars, but spotless marble walls and granite floors. In its clean and light environment are displayed some of the archaeological finds discovered when excavating for the metro. In its stations you can also view the work of Greek contemporary artists, like Giorgos Zoggolopoulos, Yannis Moralis e Chryssa. It's a true museum where ancient art and modern art coexist in a fascinating environment.

Athens Metro The metro is therefore like an art salon under the city turning the journey around Athens into a unique and pleasurable experience, like nowhere else in the world.

It is protected daily by modern security systems, rescue squads, policemen, qualified staff and smoking, begging and selling are strictly forbidden.

Athens Metro The Athens metro has been built 40 metres below the ground to avoid ruining the many archaeological layers of the city. It is therefore a perfect model of technology, efficiency and cleanliness as well as a real museum to count among the dozens in the city.

Among the loveliest stations we mustn't forget Sidagma with many archaeological finds and Monastiraki housed in a splendid neoclassical building of the end of the 1800s. In the latter there's a very interesting room where protected by a glass partition, you can see the bed of the river Eridanos as if was more than 2500 years ago.

Athens Metro All stations are equipped with glass lifts that take you metro making it much more convenient for elderly and disabled people to reach the level of the trains.

Athens Metro The Athens metro is made up of 3 lines. The old line number 1 is controlled by ISAP and crosses the city from south to north, from the Pireaus port to the elegant suburb of KifisiÓ. It has 25 stations and is 26.5 km long. The two new lines 2 and 3 are controlled by Attik˛ Metr˛ and they cross the historical centre northbound to the international Airport and southbound to the area of Iliupoli. There are 29 stations and 45.3 km of tracks.

Athens Metro Line 1 (green) dates back to the end of the 1800s, making it the oldest in the city and one of the first metro lines to be built in Europe. It was originally perceived as the first suburban line and so nearly all runs above the ground. In 1930 it was converted and the three central stations where added metro (Monastiraki, Omonia, Attiki). Recently the line has been totally renovated and it appears very original with multicoloured stations all different from each other, embellished with contemporary works of art. There are also some old but perfectly restored stations. They were the first stations to be built and date back to the XIX century. (see Piraeus, Omonoia and Monastiraki stations) Athens Metro

The new 2-3 lines, controlled by the Attik˛ Metr˛ are surely the best known and impress with their minimalist and ultramodern style. Their airy, white, orderly rooms are decorated with displays of archaeological artefacts and contemporary art. The lines are the ideal way to get to the main sites of the historical centre of Athens.


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THE AUTHOR RECOMMENDS:
Official Site of
Athens 2004
Olympic Games
ODYSSEUS
Official Site of Hellenic Ministry of Culture
British Committee
for the restitution
of the Parthenon
Marbles
Hellenic Cosmos
Athens Cultural Center