The square has been renamed several times in its history. The following names were already in use:
- Square of the Garden of the Old Palace ( Πλατεία των κήπων του Παλαιού Παλατιού - platia ton Kipon tou Palaiou Palatiou, under King Otto);
- Square of the Mint ( πλατεία του Νομισματοκοπείου - platia tou nomismatokopiou);
- Square of the garden of the Ministry of Economy ( πλατεία του κήπου του υπουργείου Οικονομικών - platia tou kipou tou ypourgio ikonomikon);
- March 25th place ( Πλατεία 25ης Μαρτίου - platia ikosapentis martiou);
- Place of Democracy ( Πλατεία Δημοκρατίας - platia dimokratias);
- Since 1878 there has also been the name, which is still valid today «Πλατεία Κλαυθμώνος» together with Place of Reconciliation between Nations ( Πλατεία Εθνικής Συμφιλιώσεως - platia ethnikis symfilioseos) (since 1989).
It got its common name from the features section of the magazine Estia (Εστία) because every time after an election the officials affected by dismissal ((αυσανίες, Pausanies) gathered in front of the Ministry of Economic Affairs to protest against their dismissal. At that time there was no job security for civil servants, and each new government fired and recruited officials from the ranks of its own supporters. The godfather for the naming was the journalist of the Estia, Dimitrios Kampouroglou (Δημήτριος Γρ. Καμπούρογλου), who later also became a member of the Academy of Athens .
The name suggested by Leo von Klenze was Platia Aischylou (Πλατεία Αισχύλου, Aeschylus Square). It was given the name Platia tou Nomismatokopiou when the building of the royal mint was erected. In 1838 and in the "Golden Age" it was named Platia ikosapentis Martiou because the square was the first place where the celebrations for the 1821 uprising were held. In 1838 these were set for March 25th. At this time the name Platia Dimokratias was also valid . Since 1878 he has had the name that is still valid today. Since June 1989 it has also been given the same name as the sculpture that was unveiled at the time: Platia Ethnikis Symfilioseos . However, this name is not in use in everyday language. The square was the first in the city to be planted with trees. For this purpose, Ludwig II (Bavaria) sent his gardener Smarat. The western part of the square is dominated by the adjacent buildings of Vouros (Βούρος), Mastronikola (Μαστρονικόλα) and Afthonidos (Αφθονίδος), in which King Otto and Amalie originally lived after their wedding. This house is now the Municipal Museum of Athens (Μουσείο της Πόλεως των Αθηνών - Mousio tis Poleos Athinon). In addition, there are the buildings of the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, as well as the little church of Agii Theodori . In 1972 the metro station was built.
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