Old Madrasa of Athens in Athens, Greece

Many ruins in Athens are glamorous and romantic, but this site is a visible reminder of dark times. The doorway is all that remains of the Ottoman era Islamic Madrasa (Theological School) of Athens, Greece. In the center of the courtyard was a large plane tree that became a gathering place for leaders of the Muslim community. Over time, this tree became the symbol of the Madrasa.

Like most Ottoman Madrasas, the school was a rectangular building with living quarters surrounding a large...

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