The First Cemetery of Athens Part 1

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The tomb of business man and philanthropist George Averoff who died in 1899.

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I was in awe of this very old cemetery.

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A huge family grave belonging to a wealthy family.

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The very beloved Archbishop Christodoulos

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An angel holding a cross on the family grave of the  Pesmatzoglou. A very old aristocratic Athenian family.

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An angel holding a cross symbolizes redemption.

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This bust looks like ‘Lurch’ the butler from the Addams Family!

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Grave of famous Greek actress Aliki Viouklaki

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Grave of famous Greek actor Lambros Konstandaras

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A huge family mausoleum

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The grave of the legendary actress/singer Sofia Vebo.

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Sofia was given the nickname ‘The singer of victory’ «Τραγουδίστρια της Νίκης»

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It has been a year since my mother’s passing and we just recently held the one year memorial service for her. It isn’t until you lose a close member of your family that you become more acquainted with cemeteries. I wouldn’t normally tour and photograph a cemetery, as most of the cemeteries in Greece are very ‘cookie cutter’, meaning every grave looks the same. However, when I heard about the history and art of the First Cemetery of Athens I knew I had to pay a visit.

The First Cemetery of Athens dates back to 1837 and it is the oldest modern cemetery in Athens. It is a very unique graveyard in that it contains a lot of beautiful sculptures. There are over 768 sculptures carved by famous artists, 10, 233 family graves and 2,007 three year graves.

It is so big, about 170 acres, so it is impossible to explore all of it in one day. I took a lot of photographs so this post will be in two parts.

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