Thursday, April 3, 2014

Varvakeios Market

Built by the Municipality of Athens between 1878 and 1886, by architect, loannis Koumelis. It replaced an older market place of wooden sheds, that served as the main market place, during the Turkish occupation and which was burnt on 9 August 1884. The market was named after the great Greek benefactor, Ioannis Varvakis. 

Located at the eastern side of the Hadrian’s Library, the market has operated continually for more than 125 years and now houses a large number of food stores selling mostly meat and fish.

During the last decades of the 20th century, the marketplace was renovated by the Ministry of Culture and the Municipality of Athens.

Located between Monastiraki and Omonoia metro station at Athinas street. Varkvakeios market is the most important market of the city.

The night before Clean Monday (Greek: Καθαρά Δευτέρα), also known as Pure Monday, Ash Monday, Monday of Lent or Green Monday the fish market was packed with people and could hardly walk around.  

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