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Athens and Piraeus

T he modern visitor sees Athens as an impenetrable expanse of monoto-nous concrete buildings which fills the entire basin lying between themountain ranges of Aigaleo in the west, Parnes and Pentelikon in the north, Hymettos in the east and the sea in the south. In fact Athens consists of many municipalities, each one with its own name, which have only grown together in the last decades to turn it into a large city. By the name ‘Athens’ the Greeks themselves understand only the quarter around the Acropolis, especially the area north of the ancient citadel.