Kolonaki was named after a marble column dating from the Middle Ages, probably a memento of a religious procession, that was discovered in Dexameni Square, on the foot of Mt. Lycabettus. On its southwestern edge is Syntagma Square and the Parliament building; the neighborhood extends all the way to Lycabettus and beyond. It is a posh area with lots of upmarket boutiques, glossy cafés, and upscale restaurants, galleries, and museums. At the bottom edge of Kolonaki on Vas. Sophias Avenue, you can pay homage to the power of movement and clean lines of the impressive Runner, a glass sculpture of impressive proportions by local artist Kostas Varotsos across from the Hilton Hotel.


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