Psyrri is bordered by Evripidou, Geraniou, Sofokleous, Athinas Street, Ermou, Piraios and Agion Asomaton streets. It was first mentioned in 1678 by a Frenchman who wrote of his travels to Greece and elsewhere.
By 1870, however, the area was taken over by koutsavakides - ruffians who lived by stealing and extortion. It soon became one of the most dangerous - and avoided - sections of Athens. In 1847, the house of British citizen don Pacifico was set afire by locals as they thought he was responsible for the banning of the custom of burning Barabbas. The incident caused the intervention of Britain and a blockade of all Greek ports until compensation was paid to its national.
In 1893, Dimitrios Bayraktaris became chief of police in Athens. Among his priorities was to cleanse Psyrri of all undesirables. He succeeded within a year thanks to drastic measures. Today Psyrri is considered a tourist attraction.