Neos Kosmos

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Not too far from Athens’s historic center lies another neighborhood, which was created in order to accommodate Greek refugees who arrived by the thousands after the Smyrna catastrophe of 1922. Its name means "New World" in Greek. Opposite the main entrance of the Athenaeum Intercontinental Hotel, it is still possible to see today some of the original surviving refugee buildings. They are bare, simple, and functional, built in the Bauhaus style of the 1930s—and still occupied today by immigrants, the Dougrouti, who moved into the area in the 1980s. The recent arrival of the Onassis Cultural Centre, together with its award-winning restaurant, has added to the artistic flair of Neos Kosmos.

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