Leading international art collector Dakis Joannou knows how to make heads turn in the world of modern art. He brings together the best works that have been acquired by the collection of the DESTE Foundation - one of the most important contemporary art collections in the world.
DESTE Foundation - E.Pappa & Filellinon strs, Nea Ionia; Omirou 8, Neo Psychiko.
The new digital Planetarium is the largest and best-equipped digital planetarium in the world. It opened its doors to the public in October of 2003, and through virtual reality offers a magic voyage to the start and gives the spectator the thrilling sense of "living" in the filmed environment. 280 seats, 950 sq.m. of gigantic hemispherical dome.
Address: 387 Syngrou Ave
126 Akadimia - P.Faliro
B2 Akadimia - Ayios Kosmas
550 P.Faliro - Kifissia
A2 Akadimia - Voula
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4 euro - pupils, students, children, groups of 20+
Hicking at Moni Kaisarianis
If you are fed up with noise and pollution and need to get away from the city there is a few choises around Athens worth your efforts. If you do not want to travel far you can take a taxi to Moni Kaisarianis at the botton of Mount Hymetos. This is only about 10 min from the center of Athens and you are right in nature.
It is a man made forest planted after the war, since the whole forest was logged during the war to provide wood for the Athenians under the German occupation.
In it there is a monastery built on 11th C. You can visit the monastery and rest in its court yard. In the summer concerts take place there.
Today the forest is a protected area with public foot paths, lots of birds, tortoises and foxes. An excellent place for walking, hicking, mountain cycling and pic nicks. Higher on, on the main car road you can find a small cafe restaurant that serves excellent bean soup in winter.
You can get there by taxi. If you want to walk up the hill stop at the fire hut at the entrance. About 20 mts higher up you will find a path to your left with a sign (in Greek) take that path. It will take you right up. Alternatively ask the warden at the fire hut which is the way to Kalopoula. They will be happy to help you find your way. From there you will see all Athens at your feet all the way down to the sea. The view is amazing (if you are into city views that is)
Ilias Lalaounis Museum of Jewellery
The museum's permanent collection includes about 3 thousand pieces of jewelry and sculpture designed and created by Ilias Lalaounis between 1940 and 1992.
Mr Lalaounis' inspiration came from a wide range of sources, including prehistoric finds, Copper Age jewelry, Classical and Hellenistic period pieces, the Byzantine Empire, Persian and Ottoman art, the civilizations of the Far East, and modern themes such as technological and scientific evolution.
The museum organizes temporary exhibitions, educational programs, seminars, and film shows on jewelry making and art in general.
All exhibits are presented in Greek, English, and French, while the museum offers tours in German and Italian
Address: Kalisperi Street and 4A Kariatydon Street
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This is a place where culture and tecnology go on together. Inside you have a multimedial museum with several exibitions and some virtual reality theaters.
The area is really big, when I was there there were two exibitions: one about the development of mathematic and the other one about the born of democracy. Then there is a virtual reality theater with interactive exibitions. I watched the life in agora in the stereostophic projection and it was pretty funny. Then you also have a 3D glasses show which lasts 20 minuts and I chosed the life in Olimpia during the games.
The ticket that allows you to visit exibitions, the 3D show and the stereostophic projection costs 15 euro and it also include free internet access.
To go here take the metro untill Kalithea station, then get out on Pireus side exit on Thessalonikis street and go straight untill you find a big road (Pireos) then cross the road and go left. If like me you get lost, take a taxi at the metro station it was about 2 euro to take me to the theater.Related to:
- Theater Travel
- Museum Visits
Sailing through history...
A century has passed since the armored battle cruiser "G.Averof" sailed into Faliro Bay and was appointed as the Flag Ship of the Hellenic Navy heading the martial efforts of the Hellenic Nation for self determination and restoration of the Hellenism in the Aegean.
Marina Flisvou, P.Faliro 175 10 Athens
Transcultures - the exhibition organized by the National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) and includes works of remarkable international artists (Kostas Varotsos, Bill Viola, Kendell Geers, Anish Kapoor, Mona Hatoum etc)
The exhibition's last day is 31.12.2004
The Athens Concert Hall - Vas.Sofias Eve & 1 Kokkali St.
Kaisariani Monastery built in the 11th century AD and is set in an idyllic location on the slopes of Mount Ymittos just 5 km from Athens.
According to Greek mythology the area was frequented by the god Hephaistos. The river Ilissos, which has its source on a hill above the monastery, was sacred to Aphrodite.
The monastery was built over the ruins of a Roman temple which in turn was built over an ancient Greek one. Four columns of the ancient temple have survived to this day and support the dome of the monastery's church.
Metopes and Caryatid in London
Only several of the metopes still remain on the building of Parthenon, but with the exception of those on the northern side, they are severely damaged. Some of them are located at the Acropolis Museum, but the most are in the British Museum (thanks to the Earl of Elgin) and one can be seen at the Louvre museum.
Learn more about Elgin marbles here.
So if you are interested in metopes go to London or Paris, ha-ha!
Athenian legend had it that at night the remaining five Caryatids could be heard wailing for their lost sister in London.
The Greek government has been campaigning since 1983 for the British Museum sculptures to be returned to Greece.Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Museum Visits
The First of May!
For the Labour Day there is a flower exhibition which takes place in Kifisia.
It is a northern suburb on the slopes of Mt. Pendeli and in past years was rather exclusive. It still is but less so. Here you will find large villas as well as modern apartment blocks, expensive boutiques, bars and cafes. It is a bit cooler here in the summer but very crowded and Kifisia traffic is horrible on the main roads especially on weekends.
More pictures from Flower Exhibition in Kifisia are here: Spring Day
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St. Valentine is in Greece!
According to some books St.Valentine was a priest in a greek church at Rome. When he died his body buried at catacombs but after many adventures his relic finally transferred to a catholic church at Mitileni island in Greece! Around 1990 that church transferred it to the italic church of Athens, which is St.Fraqisque & Clara.
Every year on 14 of February some Italians come here in honor of him at religious celebration, giving roses to each other as a sign of love and… I’m sorry but my Italians are not so nice lately so I didn’t understand much of it :) I think it was boring for me after a while but funny also!
So, if you need an alternative that day and you always thinking only about the commercial use of the day this is your place. My friends got surprised when I told them I went to the church that day but when they’ve heard the story behind it they changed their minds. The church is an old neoclassical building and there’s no entrance fee.….
The church is at Gouilfordou Street near Viktoria square, there’s a subway station(Viktoria station) on the square so it’s easy to find itRelated to:
- Religious Travel
One day trip
If you want to escape from Athens for one day, you can choose one of four islands of the Saronic Gulf: Aegina, Poros, Hydra and Angistri.
You can stroll up to the clock tower on Poros to admire the panorama of pine and lemon groves, tour Aegina's ancient temples, pistachio orchards and fishing villages, ride a donkey through the car-free, cat-filled lanes of Hydra or enjoy beautiful sandy beaches and a devoted following of a small island near Aegina called Angistri.
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Maybe just another square. Next to American empassy, a small square, with a fountain and a statue of Aliki Vugiuklaki (a famous pop actor in the 60s & 70s). So what? No, my friends. Especially, in the summer many people like to stroll around here during the night till the morning! Cold beer from the kiosk, sandwiches from the famous canteen and of course many bars/pubs around. Flower bar & Briki bar have tables on the square but there are also Lora’s bar, Athina, Soutsou bar, MG bar, Ginger restaurant, Fox bar at Soutsou street The strangest thing about this square is that many people buy the drinks in the bars and stand outside for people watching! Of course the youngest/smartest ones prefer the beers from the kiosk! :)
During the day the locals must be feel very lucky having everything around them, market, cafes, bakery, bookstore, farmacy etc No, don’t come here to see something! That’s why there are no tourists around only the locals living here and of course all those students that pass by during the night to lough, flert etc
Ok, just another square as I said but the metro station is just a few meters away (Megaro Mousikis) so it’s easy to come for a drink…
About an hours drive, (70km/42 miles)along the winding coast road from Athens, which overlooks the sea and numerous coves and swimming spots, lies the Temple of Poseidon. It was built in 444 BC. This majestic temple is ideally situated as a landmark for mariners of the past and present.
Its sunsets and panoramic view put it high on the list of visual Greek feasts. Inhabited since 3000 BC, Sounion belonged to the State of Athens whose patron goddess was Athena.
Ymittos (Hymettus) mountain
Athens is surrounded by three mountains: Ymittos (1.026 m), Penteli (1.109 m) and Parnitha (1413 m). Thanks to my greek guide Andreas I've discovered Ymittos mountain and when I'm in Athens, driving there is one of the most important thing for me.
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