An Ancient Roman Tomb inside a Zara Store in AthensJust look down as you enter, the ruins are easy to spot
Everything is on full display for shoppers and visitors alike. But the tomb is separated from the retail area by a glass wall structure so you can explore the area, take all your pictures and leave the shopping for another moment.
And the story behind this archeological find gets more interesting the more you research the topic.
First, it was called Hôtel d’Egypte, but it failed to thrive as a hotel. Later it changed its name to Hôtel d’Athènes, and success didn’t come again. When Germany invaded Greece in 1941, the army took over the building. In 1944, when the Greek army took control of the city, the building reverted to civilian use until it became empty in the 1980s.
One of these findings was the Roman-era tomb that we can see today inside the Zara store. Due to the Greek rules to protect and preserve archaeological sites, the renovation plans for the subway expansion had to change, and new plans were put into place to present the tomb to the public. This is how a Zara store in Athens ended up with an ancient roman tomb on its ground floor.
You can visit the Roman tomb whenever the Zara store on Stadiou Street is open to the public. Most of the time, the shop can be visited from 9 in the morning to the evening.
Go there, take your pictures but remember that this is a clothing store, so avoid photographing the customers there.
Roman Tomb inside a Zara
An Ancient Roman Tomb inside a Zara Store in Athens
Stadiou 32, Athina 105 61,
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