January 28, 2000
In Greece, the Syntagma station made its formal debut as part of the rapid transit system serving the capital city of Athens and other municipalities within the country’s region of Attica. This station was one of several stations opened at the same time as the inauguration of Lines 2 and 3 of the Athens Metro. The Syntagma station is the transfer point between those lines.
The Syntagma station, which was named after the longtime city square located right above it, also has the distinction of being based in the center of Athens. This locale has made the station one of the busiest within the entire Athens Metro.
The heavily visited destinations accessible from the Syntagma station include the historic Old Royal Palace (where the Greek Parliament has been housed since 1934); a 38-acre (15.5-hectare) public park now known as the National Garden; various government agencies and foreign embassies; and one of Europe’s most popular shopping areas. In addition, the Syntagma station serves as a connection point for the public transit network known as the Athens Tram.
The Syntagma station has also achieved its own artistic claim to fame. Several works of the internationally acclaimed Greek sculptor Theodoros Papadimitriou (1931-2018) are on display at the station.
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For more information on the Athens Metro, please check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athens_Metro