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Children pools in inter-war Athens

Updated: Aug 13, 2020

Urban pools for children were promoted by the liberal El.Venizelos’ government and Athens’ municipality around 1930 in various neighborhoods of the capital of Greece. This practice continued throughout the decade creating a network of pools specifically targeting the younger ages, 6-12. These pools operated from 8-12 in the morning and 3-7 in the afternoon. Some required a doctor’s certificate to allow access while the use of seawater and regular cleaning by municipality services highlight this pools as a form of promoting social ‘hygiene’ through leisure bathing. This quite impressive public leisure spaces are currently vanished from Athens’ urban landscape/memory.

Swimming Pool in Alexandras Avenue

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