THE SUPERIOR ARC
FROM OMONOIA TO SYNTAGMA
-text and photos Andrei Dorian Gheorghe
design Florin Alexandru Stancu-
After the Capital of modern and independent Greece
was moved to Athens in 1834,
two new central squares were created in this city.
The first of them, Omonoia (“Concord”),
has become the symbolic place for the reconciliation of the political enemies,
but, being modernized in time, it has lost in part its old aspect.
going to the second central square on the Panepistimiou (“University”) Street,
the traveller can enjoy Athens’ Trilogy
(Library, University and Academy),
a brilliant architectural achievement,
made also in the 19th century
and inspired from the Greek antique civilization.
Soon after the Trilogy,
the Syntagma (“Constitution”) Square appears,
with the Royal Palace
(another neo-classical building, finished in 1843
and transformed into the Hellenic Parliament in 1934)
dominating the scenery.
Here I simultaneously caught two fascinating moments:
a celestial one (west) and a terrestrial one (east),
so I decided to end my walk through an alternation
between the inertia of the sun and the ritual of the guard.
From Omonoia to Syntagma
I could see the Renaissance of Greece,
Guided by antique scientists, artists, philosophers
As a tangent arc of cosmic peace.
© 2016 SARM
(Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy)