Dionysiou Areopagitou

Dionysiou Areopagitou, photo: Fanis Vlastaras

Along the south slope of the Acropolis lies the pedestrian street Dionysiou Areopagitou, named after Dionysius the Areopagite. Moving from east to west, the street begins alongside the Arch of Hadrian, leading to the archaeological site of the Acropolis and the ancient Agora. First mapped in 1857, it was reconfigured by Dimitris Pikionis in 1955. On April 9, horses and riders set out on The Athens–Kassel Ride: The Transit of Hermes, with a procession beginning at the mid-point along Dionysiou Areopagitou. The procession celebrates the horses and riders as they depart on a 1,850-mile journey on horseback to Kassel, lasting some one hundred days. Inspired by Swiss-Argentine horseman Aimé Tschiffely’s trek from Buenos Aires to New York (1925–28) on two Argentine Criollo horses, The Athens-Kassel Ride is conceived by Ross Birrell and developed in collaboration with Peter van der Gugten, founder of the annual Tschiffely Memorial Ride. The ride is realized by Peter van der Gugten, David Wewetzer, Zsolt Szabo, and Tina Boche, in alignment with the Charter of Reken.

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The Athens–Kassel Ride: The Transit of Hermes

by Ross Birrell

Launch event of The Athens-Kassel Ride, starting at St. Sophia’s Church of Acropolis on Dionysiou Areopagitou

Inspired by Aimé Tschiffely’s trek from Buenos Aires to New York (1925–28), The Athens-Kassel…