Gyzi (Greek: Γκύζη [ˈgi.zi] (About this soundlisten)); is a neighbourhood of Athens, Greece.

Gyzi

Γκύζη
Neighborhood
Alexandras Avenue in Gyzi
Location within Athens
Location within Athens
Coordinates: 37°59′30″N 23°45′15″E / 37.99167°N 23.75417°E / 37.99167; 23.75417Coordinates: 37°59′30″N 23°45′15″E / 37.99167°N 23.75417°E / 37.99167; 23.75417
CountryGreece
RegionAttica
CityAthens
Postal code
114 73, 114 74, 114 75, 115 22
Area code(s)210
Websitewww.cityofathens.gr

EtymologyEdit

The area was named around 1925 after famous painter Nikolaos Gyzis. By all rights, the neighbourhood should have been called Γύζη (pronounced [ˈʝi.zi]). However, due to the fact that he signed his paintings using the Latin alphabet (as he lived in Germany for a time period), this was reabsorbed into the Greek language with the current spelling and pronunciation.

History and amenitiesEdit

Gyzi was rapidly urbanised during the 1960s and 1970s.

The nearest metro stations (line 3) are Ampelokipi and Panormou.

It is popular among Greeks for having a strong base of Panathinaikos fans, one of the most historical Greek athletic clubs. Gyzi used to have a small river, the Vafeiochori, which was situated where Vafeiochoriou street is today. Local teams include Gyziakos and Panellinios. There are two primary schools and four high schools in the area.