Athens (first) industrial museum.
Industrial Gas Museum | Technopolis Gazi |

PHOTO SOURCE: Industrial Gas Museum, official facebook page

The Athens gasworks, the site where the City of Athens “Technopolis” park is located, reopens its gates to the public on 27 January 2013, approximately 30 years after its operation closedown, as Athens first industrial museum.

The Athens gasworks was established in 1857, just three years after the Douroutis silk mill, in order to cover the city’s need for public lighting. These were Athens’s first two industrial plants, which marked the city’s town-planning and financial development. In addition, two of the most densely populated districts of the capital were named after these plants: Metaxourgeio (i.e. silk mill) and Gazohori (i.e. gas village). The gasworks was the first energy production unit in all of Greece. Its key location at the beginning of Pireos Street served to spur further growth, rendering Pireos Street the city’s largest industrial zone for several decades…

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