In the late 1990s, Athens revived this nineteenth-century industrial gasworks district and transformed it into a cultural center whose multiple buildings still buzz with energy. This is where the Athens Jazz Festival takes place each spring, but on permanent view are museums dedicated to intriguing things like industrial gas or, ahem, the Greek opera singer Maria Callas. There are innovation symposia, craft fairs, film screening, dance events, and a positively vibrant young nightlife scene each evening (after all, 700,000 people show up here each year).
The gasworks that gave Gazi district its name symbolized the dawn of an industrial era when it opened in 1857, and now its metal carcass is an industrial museum. The complex of giant coolers, purifiers and control rooms doubles as an arts center, Technopolis, with an eclectic lineup ranging from jazz to swing dance.