See how incredible the city in Greece can look at nighttime. 

Talia Avakian
March 15, 2018

A new video from Greek filmmaker and photographer Alexandros Maragos shows viewers a side of Athens they rarely get to see.

“City of Athens—a Portrait of a Changing Metropolis” takes you over the Greek capital at night, using a combination of hyperlapse, timelapse, and drivelapse shots to showcase Athens in all of its glory.

While viewers will be able to see famed ancient historical sites and ruins like the Parthenon and Athens’ Acropolis, they’ll also be able to see the modern transformation the city has been experiencing through its high-rise glass structures.

In addition to showcasing the city’s urban side, Maragos scaled some of the highest points both in and around Athens to capture mesmerizing overarching shots of the city coming alive in light at nighttime. Some shots he captured in the midst of a thunderstorm. 

The scenes were created using a combination of around 60,000 raw images shot across Athens’ highest rooftops, hills, and mountains.

He's also the first person to secure permission from the Greek Police to use their headquarters’ rooftops for some of the film’s overarching shots.

Maragos shot the film over a total of 90 days, carefully stitching together the thousands of images after using a Canon 5D Mark III to create the dreamy footage of one of the world’s oldest cities.

The film’s ability to showcase the capital’s changing architecture and how magnificent it looks lit up in the evening helped it garner over 200,000 views across Vimeo and YouTube just 48 hours after it was first published. Since, it has continued attracting thousands more views. Check it out for yourself above.

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