Thursday, April 7, 2011

Athens Metro

The Athens Metro is one of the newest and most beautiful metro systems in the world despite (or rather because) it took an immensely long time to build. This is because as they dug, they had to stop because they often ran into old archeological ruins. Then they would stop digging with machines and archeologists would dig with toothbrushes. The metro plan was equal parts archeological dig as it was construction site.

However, the result is a brilliantly new metro system that includes exhibits and finds from their digs and the duality continues: it is both museum and metro station.

The fare is 1.40 euro for a 90 minute multi-trip ticket which needs to be validated. A day pass is 4 euro.

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