Athens Fairytopia: In search of the lost Ilissos
We discover Athens and create a 3-D map of the city following the Ilissos River
20 APR 2019
Onassis Library (Amalias Avenue 56)
For children 9-14 years old
The Ilissos River was once the watery heart of Athens. And it still is, though now it runs… under the city’s pavement. Come and hear stories about the city and create your own colorful, 3-D map.
Photo © Stavros Petropoulos
Did you know that the Ilissos was the river that ran across all of Athens? It ran down from Imittos, fed the Lyceum and watered the gardens of the Duchess of Plaisance. On its shores spread the Stadium and the Temple to Olympian Zeus, the temple of Artemis and the Shrine of the Muses, while the Kalliroe Spring offered cooling water for passersby. Foreigners on grand tours during Ottoman rule sketched Athenians in elaborate costumes resting beside its gentle flow.
Today the Ilissos still flows under the asphalt to the sea, while the tram runs along its former riverbed. After studying maps and books in the Onassis Library showing the landscape, flora, and fauna, the gods and humans of this historic land of nereids, we will visit the space around the Church of Agia Fotini Ilissos to get inspired and create a 3-D map. Using pictograms, like a new form of needlework, we will mark on paper and fabric the history and changes this holy river endured over the centuries.
creditsLucia Richards: Artist
Christoph Zeigler: Artist
Nicolas Nicolaidis: Historian, Academic Collaborator for group tours with the company BIG OLIVE
Yiorgos Athanasopoulos: Graduate of the Department of History and Archaeology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, certified tour guide
Supported by: BIG OLIVE
children 9-14 years old
Saturday 20 April, 2019
Admission is free
Onassis Library (Amalias 56) and the Church of Agia Fotini Ilissos (Kallirois 1 & Ardittou 3)
Reservation and more info:
T: 210 3713000