The National Library of Greece (Εθνική Βιβλιοθήκη) is situated near the center of city of Athens. It was designed by the Danish architect Theophil Freiherr von Hansen, as part of his famous Trilogy of neo-classical buildings including the Academy of Athens and the original building of the Athens University. It was founded by Ioannis Kapodistrias.HistoryThe original idea for establishing a National Library was from the philhellene Johann Jakob Mayer, in an August 1824 article of his newspaper Ellinika Chronika, published at Missolonghi, where Mayer and Lord Byron had been promoting Greece's independence. Mayer's idea was implemented in 1829 by the new Greek government of Ioannis Kapodistrias, who grouped together the National Library with other intellectual institutions such as schools, national museums, and printing houses. These were all placed in a building (then being used as an orphanage) on the island Aegina and supervised by Andreas Moustoxydis, who thus became president of the committee of the Orphanage, director of the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, and director of the National School.Plan your National Library of Greece visit and explore what else you can see and do in Athens using our Athens trip itinerary builder site .
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National Library of Greece Reviews
Национальная библиотека, Национальный университет и Академия наук — три рядом расположенных здания — образуют гармоничный комплекс, построенный в неоклассическом стиле. Тут и мраморные колонны, и стат... more »The National Library, the National University and the Academy of Sciences, three nearby buildings, form a harmonious complex built in the neoclassical style. Here and marble columns, and statues, and wide staircases, and open spaces in front of the entrance - all thought out and reconciled according to the covenants of ancient architecture. The entrance to the library is decorated with a sculpture of the founder and two beautiful round staircases of marble with carved railings.
L'architettura greca tipica ed una raccolta notevole di libri antichi: un salto indietro nella storia che sicuramente affascina. Di particolare impatto l'esterno con le colonne bianche scintillanti.Va... more »Typical Greek architecture and a remarkable collection of ancient books: a step back in history that surely fascinates. The exterior with the sparkling white columns was particularly striking. It's worth the visit.
The building is amazing but it doesn’t allow public to go in. What’s the purpose of being the national library?
The library is amazing in terms of the appearance, but there are no modern books inside, only very old books and newspaper s, and you can't touch them unless you want to do a research. It is perfect for those who want to read or study in a very quite, organized, and comfortable place. They should bring their own laptopes, notebooks, or textbooks, etc. to use inside the library.
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