When walking through Plaka in Athens, at the furthest point up the hill, there’s a small, picturesque area with whitewashed houses and tiny alleys similar to some Greek islands. This settlement, on the northern slopes of the Acropolis, is called Anafiotika. It’s one of the oldest settlements in Athens.
The houses were built by workers from the island of Anafi in 1841. The workers ignored an 1834 law declaring the area an archaeological zone, built their houses overnight, and moved their families in by morning, leaving the authorities powerless to force them out.