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Apollo Tower

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Apollo Tower
Πύργος «Απόλλων»
Apollo Tower residential high-rise building side view
General information
StatusComplete
Architectural styleModern
LocationAthens, Greece
AddressΛουΐζης Ριανκούρ 64, Ampelokipoi
Coordinates37°59′34″N 23°45′51″E / 37.992640°N 23.764073°E / 37.992640; 23.764073
Height80 m (262 ft)
Technical details
Floor count25
References

Apollo Tower[1] is a residential high-rise in Ampelokipoi, Athens. It is the tallest residential building in Greece, standing at 80 m (≈262,5 ft). It has 25 floors.[2]

History

During the reign of the Greek Military Junta, the height limit for buildings was abolished, thus giving room for much taller buildings to be built.[3] So in 1973, Apollo Tower was able to be built. Thanks to having been built with generators, during a powerful earthquake of 1981 that happened in Athens,[4] Apollo Tower was one of the only buildings that stayed intact and even had power. The same happened during the deadly 1999 earthquake.[3] The Building back then had a bar on the rooftop with a pool. Today the bar is closed and the pool is empty. Also, Today many of the apartments made for living are now used as offices and clinics. In fact, residents often joke about having a domiciliary hospital.[3]

On August 9, 2013, a Man, later found to be called Basilis Theodorou (Βασίλης Θεοδώρου), recorded and uploaded footage on Youtube of him BASE jumping off the 25th floor.[5][6] The video garnered over 5.000 views[7] and some media attention from local outlets in Greece.

References

  1. ^ "πύργος-απόλλων-το-καμάρι-της-πανόρμου" (12-6-09). weloveathens.wordpress.com
  2. ^ GmbH, Emporis. "Apollo Tower, Athens | 110578 | EMPORIS". www.emporis.com. Retrieved 2018-03-26.
  3. ^ a b c "Αθήνα άνωθεν". Athens Voice (in Greek). Retrieved 2018-03-26.
  4. ^ "GREEK QUAKE KILLS 15, SERIOUSLY WOUNDS 53 AND CHIPS PARTHENON". Retrieved 2018-03-26.
  5. ^ "Αυτός Είναι ο Τύπος που Πήδηξε από τον Πύργο "Απόλλων"". Vice (in Greek). 2014-03-12. Retrieved 2018-03-26.
  6. ^ "Άλμα στο κενό από τον Πύργο Απόλλων". Newsbeast.gr (in Greek). 2013-02-19. Retrieved 2018-03-26.
  7. ^ green mood (2013-08-09), ΑΛΜΑ ΑΠΌ ΤΟΝ 25ο ΟΡΟΦΟ ΤΟΥ ΠΥΡΓΟΥ "ΑΠΟΛΛΩΝ", retrieved 2018-03-26
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