Embassy of the United States, Athens

The Embassy of the United States in Athens is the embassy of the United States in Greece, in the capital city of Athens. The embassy is charged with diplomacy and Greece–United States relations. The United States Ambassador to Greece is the head of mission of the United States to Greece.

U.S. Embassy Athens
Seal of an Embassy of the United States of America.svg
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The embassy building in 2006
Address91 Vasilisis Sophias Ave, Athens
AmbassadorGeorge James Tsunis
JurisdictionGreece
WebsiteU.S. Embassy Greece Edit this at Wikidata

George James Tsunis[1] is currently the United States Ambassador.

FacilitiesEdit

The chancery building in Athens was designed by famed Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius with consulting architect Pericles A. Sakellarios. It was constructed between 1959 and 1961 and is a protected architectural landmark. Gropius' famous design was in the characteristic simple Bauhaus form, inspired by the architecture of the Parthenon.[2][3]

In 2003, the U.S. Embassy and the Athens Municipality celebrated the addition of a welcoming green space, the Makedonon Street Park. The landscaping of this pedestrian walkway was prompted by heightened security requirements.[2]

A 2007 expansion added an office building, parking garage, compound entrances, fuel station, Marine Corps Security Guard quarters, swimming pool, and basketball court. The design of the new office building is intended to integrate well with the chancery, as well as with the adjacent Megaron Mousikis (Athens Concert Hall). The new office building enabled the embassy to bring onto the compound employees who have been working in leased space for many years.

The office building is 5,026 square metres (54,100 sq ft) and includes office space for over 150 people.

In September 2018, the embassy began a multi-year renovation that will provide additional office space and upgrade electrical and mechanical systems. The work is expected to cost $342 million and take four years to complete. Many of the components date to the building's construction in 1961.[4]

Offices and sections include:

2007 United States embassy attack
LocationAthens, Greece
DateJanuary 12, 2007
5:58am (UTC+2)
TargetEmbassy of the United States in Athens
Attack type
Rocket-propelled grenade
Deaths0
Injured0

TerrorismEdit

Also see Revolutionary Organization 17 November

A minor terrorist attack occurred in the early morning of January 12, 2007. No casualties were reported.[6][7] A rocket-propelled grenade Wasp 58 was fired into the embassy's modern, glass-fronted building.[8] The Greek public order minister, Byron Polydoras, said an anonymous phone call claiming to be from the left-wing terror group Revolutionary Struggle had taken responsibility.[9] On January 25, 2007, Revolutionary Struggle announced in local news outlets they took responsibility for the attack.[10][11] On March 20, the Government of Greece and the United States Rewards for Justice Program announced equal, parallel rewards for information leading to the perpetrators – Greece offering 800,000 Euros and the US "up to $1 million or more".[12]

The embassy was previously attacked by the Marxist Revolutionary Organization 17 November group on February 15, 1996, when an anti-tank missile hit the embassy's parking lot wall.[13]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "About Us: Ambassador". Archived from the original on December 8, 2022. Retrieved January 31, 2023.
  2. ^ a b c "Fact Sheet: U.S. Embassy Annex, Athens Greece" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 1, 2007.
  3. ^ "Art: Architecture for Athena". Time. July 15, 1957. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  4. ^ Kokkinidis, Tasos (September 6, 2018). "$342 Million Renovation of U.S. Embassy in Athens Begins". Greek Reporter. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  5. ^ "USCIS Services". U.S. Embassy and Consulate in Greece. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  6. ^ "Rocket hits US embassy in Athens". BBC News. January 12, 2007. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  7. ^ "Rocket fired at U.S. Embassy in Greece: police". CBC News. January 12, 2007.
  8. ^ Gatopoulus, Derek (January 12, 2007). "Blast at American Embassy in Athens Called 'Terrorism'". The New York Sun. Associated Press.
  9. ^ Fisher, Ian; Carassava, Anthee (January 12, 2007). "U.S. Embassy in Athens Hit by Rocket Attack". The New York Times. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  10. ^ Gilson, George (January 26, 2007). "Terrorists issue anti-US manifesto". Athens News.
  11. ^ Kassimeris, George (January 2010). "Still Fighting for Revolution". CTC Sentinel. Combating Terrorism Center. 3 (6). Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  12. ^ "$2mn for info on US embassy attackers". Gulf Times. March 21, 2007. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  13. ^ Smith, Helena (May 26, 1999). "Terrorists hold Greece hostage". The Guardian. London.

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Coordinates: 37°58′56″N 23°45′19″E / 37.9822°N 23.7552°E / 37.9822; 23.7552