Pláka is the old historical neighborhood of Athens
, clustered around the northern and eastern slopes of the Acropolis
, and incorporating labyrinthine streets and neoclassical architecture. Plaka is built on top of the residential areas of the ancient town of Athens. It is known as the "Neighbourhood of the Gods" due to its proximity to the Acropolis and its many archaeological sites.
The name "Plaka" was not in use until after the Greek War of Independence. The name Plaka became commonly in use in the first years of the rule of King Otto.Plaka is on the northeast slope of Acropolis, between Syntagma and Monastiraki
square. Adrianou Street (running north and south) is the largest and most central street in Plaka and divides it into two areas.Plaka was developed mostly around the ruins of Ancient Agora Of Athens
in an area that has been continuously inhabited since antiquity.
Plaka is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists around the year, and is under strict zoning and conservation regulations, as the only neighborhood in Athens where all utilities (water, power, cable television, telephone, internet, and sewage) lie underground in fully accessible, custom-made tunneling. Motor vehicles are not allowed in Plaka, and most streets are too narrow, thus not being able to accommodate them.