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The first Eleftheroudakis stire in Syntagma square, 1898  | © Courtesy of Eleftheroudakis
The first Eleftheroudakis stire in Syntagma square, 1898 | © Courtesy of Eleftheroudakis
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Athens’ 118-Year-Old Bookstore Closes Down

Picture of Ethel Dilouambaka
Updated: 27 September 2016
Last week, it was announced that Athens’ oldest bookselling store, Eleftheroudakis — located on Panepistimiou Street in downtown Athens — would close its doors on September 30th, or so according to a statement from the company. The flagship store, covering no less than eight floors, was the last of the Eleftheroudakis bookstores still in operation, following a wave of closures in recent years due to the economic crisis.

Family-run Eleftheroudakis was established in 1898 by Kostas Eleftheroudakis. The bookstore on Panepistimiou, which opened in 1995, was the largest in the country and offered the best selection of books in Greek and other foreign languages in town. With a long tradition and over 200,000 Greek and international titles in its database, Eleftheroudakis was for many a book paradise and an extensive source of information and knowledge where one could find books covering a wide range of topics, with general and specialized sections. With works on Greek and translated literature, foreign language literature, photography, cinema, design, theater, history, politics, medical books, maps and guides, psychology, and art, it was easy to spend hours browsing the shelves and reading one of your findings at the store café on the sixth floor.

Inside Eleftheroudakis bookstore