Tourist Hotel - Fokas Department Stores

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Fokas Department Stores

Bordered by Ermou, Voulis, Skopa and Petraki Streets, this stunning five-storey building was built in the 1910s for goldsmith Christos Tsitsopoulos, who conceived it as a luxury hotel.

This exquisite example of neoclassical architecture combined three 19th-century neoclassical houses which were still in good condition. And, though it operated under various names over the next half-century, people continued referring to it as the Tourist Hotel.

The ground floor initially housed shops, carrying well-known brands of the era, mainly textiles and apparel. During the 1930s, when the hotel suffered a downturn, the shops expanded and occupied the first and second floors. After the hotel closed, the building housed a succession of department stores, leading to significant modifications of the structure which altered the building’s original and unique character.

In the early 20th century, the building’s façade was restored to its original form, and its interior was fully renovated to welcome a well-known department store.

Additional Info

Name: Tourist Hotel - Fokas Department Stores
Address: 41, Stadiou St, Athens
District: Central Athens
Transportation: Metro Red (2) or Blue (3) Line: Syntagma Station

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