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Spas, suites, a church and even helicopter access available

Five of the new type of outsized shopping and entertainment malls have either already opened or are about to within the next few months: three are in Athens, one in Thessaloniki, and one in Komotini. Mediterranean Cosmos, Thessaloniki. Built by the Municipality of Pylaia on a 250,000-square-meter site, it occupies a strategic position with easy access to the center of the city. It includes seven branches of famous stores, 11 cinemas, a supermarket, 188 small stores, 18 food outlets and eight restaurants. Other features include a child-care center, banks, a pharmacy, dry cleaners, hairdresser and a parking lot with spaces for 3,000 cars – not to mention the church, which occupies pride of place. Pantheon, Pireos Street. Apart from the 7,000-seat Arena concert hall, it includes other theaters, a 4,500-seat conference and exhibition space, summer and winter cinemas, restaurants, shops, a luxury hotel with 70 suites, a gym, a spa, parking for 1,500 cars, and a helipad. Cineville, Maroussi. Currently under construction on a 870-hectare site at the intersection of Kifissias Avenue and the Attiki Odos, Cineville will have 12 cinemas, restaurants, bookshops and record stores, an outdoor entertainment space of 510 hectares and 480 parking places. Citylink, Athens. In a recently renovated building owned by the Army Pension Fund, the Attica mall recently opened with 300 boutiques on a total area of 2,500 square meters. Soon to reopen are the old Aliki and Pallas theaters and the historic Zonar’s and Brazilian cafés. The complex will also include a luxury gym with indoor pool, jacuzzi and Turkish bath, and 10 independent luxury stores. Kosmopolis Park, Komotini. The complex consists of the Kosmopolis Center, with stores, supermarkets, entertainment centers, seven cafes and restaurants and 130 studio apartments of 33 square meters each, rented out to students. Right next to it is the Kosmopolis Residence, with 80 apartments of 80-125 square meters each and 300 underground and outdoor parking bays.