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I removed two of the three images. If there are going to be three images, I don't think they should all three be pictures of the waterfront. Sailsetter 13:03, 12 October 2008 (EDT)
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The following was in the see section - I'm not sure what to do with it, but the following are not really touristy attractions, or if they are, they need to be shrunk down to the best things. -- Tim 11:24, 12 July 2012 (EDT)
El. Venizelou str., commonly known as "Iolkou" street among the locals, as well as "K.Kartali str." are vertical to the promenade and Ermou street heading north. A ten minute walk from the port through the center will bring you to Plateia Eleftherias, ie "Freedom Square", sporting some cafes. There are plans of renovating the massive Matsaggos building and arcade on Iolkou street, formerly a tobacco industry, to use it as a new landmark for the industrial past of the city, on "Plateia Panepistimiou" or "University Square" which is under construction.
In case you wander a little bit to the inner districts of the city, you will see Nea Ionia on the Northwest of the center, once a refugee camp after the disposal of the Greeks in Asia Minor after 1922, but nowadays a bustling developing city part, still offering an enormous park called Helikodromio with an open theatre inside. it can be reached with blue buses 1 and 2.
Volos hasn't been lucky to preserve the large number of neoclassical buildings that could be spotted almost everywhere, as a sign of its industrial boom in the early twentieth century. Unfortunately, a devastating series of earthquakes in 1955 destroyed many parts of the old town.
The architectural and urban-planning character of Volos is achieved by the layouts of streets and squares. The current urban plan of Volos was fundamentally formed in 1882, shortly after the liberation of the city and was much influenced by concepts of neoclassical town planning.
Modern city isn't really interesting architecturally, apart from "Achilleion" cinema on the promenade, Volos railway station (officially described as one of the most beautiful in Greece from Hellenic Railways, once a departure point for the nowadays touristic "Pelion train") and the churches of Aghios Nikolaos (cathedral) and Aghios Konstantinos (basilica, on the promenade). Former brick factory "Tsalapatas" renovated in a museum and leisure area with taverns, bars etc. The University of Thessaly, has preserved a series of old industrial warehouses and other buildings in various places in the city, to use them as academic faculties today, "Papastratos building" on the promenade, originally a greek tobacco company warehouse is the administration building of the university and could be thought as the trademark of Volos.
Some typical examples of Neoclassical buildings are:
The 3-storeyed Hotel de France, with its impressive decorative murals (1894, Iasonos and K. Kartali streets),
The National Bank, formerly the Epirothessalian Bank(1895),
The Athens Bank (1903, today the library of University of Thessaly),
The Achilllopouleion Hospital (1901),
The Archaeological Museum of Volos, Athanasakeio (1909),
The Agricultural Bank (1909, formerly the Kosmadopoulos Bank),
The Cinetheater Achillion, (1925),
The Aegli Hotel, (1927), designed by Kassiopoulos,
The Building of the Air-force High officials Club near Agios Konstantinos Park, believed that it was designed by Le Corbusier,
The Bank of Greece (1935),
The Averofeian courts of Justice,
The well preserved Regas house and its singular decorative murals, today the Lyceum of Greek women.