A walk from our hotel to Omonia Square brought us close to this place. Of course I could not resist the temptation of visiting the National Library. But we did not proceed very far beyond the lobby, and merely caught a glimpse of the Reading Room. The design of this neoclassical building is by the Danish architect Theophil von Hansen. I wonder if the old fashioned card catalogue is still in use, perhaps they have retained it ' for old times sake'.
As you walk down Panepistimou street from Syntagma square you will notice a lot of interesting buildings.
First, at your left hand you will see ATTICA the big mall that every woman loves.
Further down at your right hand (n.12) you will see the Numismatic Museum(pic 3), then the Catholic Church Saint Dionysus (with the marble forefront, for a ceremony go there at 11:00am on sunday), then (at the intersection with Sina Street) the OPHTHALMOLOGIC Clinic of Athens (a weird architecture combination of Byzantine and neoclassical style, it was built in 1854 by Lysandris Kaytatzoglou and had 600 patients per year while now has 60,000!) and then the NEOCLASSIC TRILOGY(pic 5) that were built in the 19th century:
1.The Academy of Athens, an excellent piece of architecture built by the danish architecture Hansen. Some elements borrowed from the Erechtion. Check also the statues of Apollo, Athens, Socrates and Plato.
2.The University of Athens (pic 1) with some nice forefront murals by Rahl and Lebietski that represend the birth of sciences in Greece
3.The National Library (pic 2), the most important library in Greece although I prefer others for my readings :) The double staircase in renaissance style leads to the main reading room.
From your left again there is the huge Elefterudakis Bookstore (at n.17 a modern building full of glass and marble), the Book Arcade (“Stoa Vivliou”) full of bookstores but also some cafes(one of them on the top floor), the small “yellow house”(pic 4) built in 1842 one of the oldest buildings in this street, the Arsakeio School and of course many many stores of any kind.
Now you can turn right to Eksarhia district or turn right to the parralel of Panepistimiu that is Stadiou street to return back to syntagma square,
The Neoclassical Trilogy of Athens consists of the Academy, the National Library and the University of Athens.
In front of the Academy (in the picture) there are seated statues of Socrates and Plato. There are also statues of Apollo and Athena on top of two high Ionic style columns.
Located between Syntagma Square and Omonia Square along Panepistimou Street are 3 neoclassical buildings - the National Library, Athens Academy and Athens University. The Athens Academy. Completed in 1885, the Ionian style entrance mimics the eastern entrance to the Erechtheoin.
The Neo-Classical Trilogy of the National Library, the University and the Academy is very hard to miss and provides and excellent opportunity for taking lots of pictures that are relatively free of the tourist hoards. The three buildings stand out from the otherwise modern structures along Panepistimiou and have large open spaces in front of them. The Academy and the University, neither of which is open to the public, were both designed by the Hansen brothers, Danish architects (each one designed by a different brother), in the late 1880s. The National Library is open to the public, and its reading room features Doric columns inspired by the Erechthion.
Academy of Athens was built in 1855 from Danish architect Theophile Hansen.
It is next to the National library and the university of Athens(trilogy)
Located in panepistimiou str donated by the family of baron Simon Sinas
The National University complex, in the city centre, was built at the height of neo-classical fever. At a time when Athens was the capital of then small and poor Hellenic Republic, there was a focus on highlighting the glorious past. Hence this complex of buildings which very consciously attempted to link the ancient heritage of Athens with the new Greek nationalism of the 19th century.
Sadly, the bulk of the University moved out many years ago to a very ugly site in the suburbs. But the complex still bustles with students and many conferences are held here. If you get the chance take a peek inside the central building at the great hall.
A few minutes walk from the Parliament, there are these 3 famous buildings of modern Athens: the Academy, University and Library. They were all built of the marble from Mt. Pendeli and constructed by Theophilos Hansen in the 1800s.
In front of the Academy, you can see the statues of Apollo and Athena.
The country's oldest general university is the National University of Athens, founded in 1837. In front of it, there are several statues of famous Greek people.
The nearby National Library houses around 500,000 books.
In the very center of the city you’ll find three of its most elegant buildings. Situated one next to the other the Academy, the University and the National Library are along with the Parliament building the most important public buildings that were erected as soon as Athens became capital in the middle of the 19th century. The Acedemy, a neoclassic building like the other two, is the most impressive. Some of the highlights are the statues of Athena and Apollo on the top of tall columns as well as the statues of the greatest athenian philosophers, Socrates and Plato. Inside, murals from the legend of Promitheas.
The Academy of Athens is part of a three-part project, also consisting of a university and a library. All three of them are made in the 19th century.
If you are visiting Athens, you should take a look at these three building first, before you go to the Agora and the Acropolis. In every European city these building would be a major sight, but compared to the real classical building in Athens, they just look poor.
The building of the Student Club was constructed in the period between the two World Wars, with plans based on the study drawn in 1927 by the architect E. Lazarides. Today, it belongs to the National and Kapodistrian University.
By a ministerial decree of 1988, the building was identified as a work of art because of its eclectic elements on its facets and of its important theater housed in its ground-floor (which is important for the study of the theatrical development).
In 1991, its facets were restored after some rotten varnished parts started falling down. The restoration study was conducted by the Technical Services of the University of Athens.
Today, the building houses shops and the students' theater in the ground-floor and the first floor, the students' restaurant on the second and third floors, and offices on the fifth floors.
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The University of Athens forms part of the so-called "Neoclassical Trilogy" of the City of Athens: Academy - University - Library. It consists of a group of buildings that shape up a double "T", with two symmetrical courtyards.
The facade is strictly symmetrical to the arcade of rectangular pillars, set-off by an Ionian-style entrance. The bases of the columns and the capitals of the entrance are perfect replicas of the equivalent found in the Propylaea of the Acropolis. The outside statues complete the entrance's composition.
The building now serves as headquarters of the University of Athens, housing the offices of the Rectorate, the Juridical Department, the Archives and the Ceremonial Hall for official ceremonies that refer to the University community. With a wide offer of intelligence to Greek and foreign students, today the University for fills its leading role as an important European university.