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Plaka Prison 1895
This building was demolished in 1914. It had originally been built as a Medrese (theological school) in 1721. By 1821 the Ottomans were using it as a prison and hanging Greeks from the old plane tree (destroyed by lightning in 1919). The Kingdom of Greece continued the barbaric Ottoman practices and the prison at the time of this photograph was notorious for the inhumane conditions of incarceration and for the hanging of prisoners on the plane tree, which were seen by passers-by. The prison…