Sights of Interest in Greece
Academy of Athens08-06-2013 12:41The building of the Academy of Athens is one of the greatest examples of neoclassicism, part of an architectural trilogy along with the University and the National Library. It is located between Panepistimiou Street and Akadimias Street in the centre of Athens, across the Panepistimio metro station.
A private donation made by the Greek benefactor Simon Sinas to the Greek state in 1856 was the starting point of the erection of a building where the future Academy would be accommodated. In 1859, the Petraki Monastery and the Municipality of Athens ceded an area of 9.900 sq.m. alongside the University for this purpose and in the same year the cornerstone of the Academy's Building was laid. In 1887, nearly thirty years later, the building was completed and was handed over to the then Prime Minister Charilaos Trikoupis.
The building was designed by the Danish architect Theophil Hansen and it is considered the most important of his works, considered by some experts as the most beautiful neoclassic building in the world. His source of inspiration was the classical architecture of the golden age of ancient Athens portrayed in the monuments of the Acropolis.
The principle multi-figure pediment is work of the Greek sculptor Leonidas Drosis, based on a design by painter Carl Rahl on the theme of the birth of Athena. This brought first prize at the Vienna Exhibition of 1873. The statues of Athena and Apollo with lyre on the Academy's flanking pillars and the seated figures of Plato and Socrates are also Drosis’ works that were executed by the Italian sculptor Piccarelli.
The name of the Academy of Athens hearkens back to the spiritual glory of ancient Athens and is a direct reference to the ancient Academy of Plato. The building was used also for housing the Numismatic Museum in 1890, and in 1914 the Byzantine Museum and the State Archives.
The Academy of Athens is the highest research establishment in Greece, established in 1926, it operates under the supervision of the Ministry of Education. It maintains 12 research centres, 10 research offices and the "Ioannis Sykoutris" central library. Since its foundation, the Academy of Athens has been a member of the International Association of Academies and the International Council of Scientific Unions. It also participates in all European Academies, European Academies Science Advisory Council, Inter Academy Council and Inter Academy Medical Panel.
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We have been choosing Parea Tavern for our meals and dinners for 14 years! Every time someone from Touristorama travels to the island of Santorini, he enjoys authentic Greek cuisine at the terrace of this restaurant in the heart of Fira. And we are not the only ones. Thousands of tourists include it among their favorites on the volcanic island.
Touristorama has been travelling all around Greece and its islands for over a decade. This year, during our trip to Naxos, the biggest of the Cyclades complex, we discovered an interesting spot, perfect for your night out on the island… which is what we do best: finding the best places and then propose you should visit them! Prime is a Scandinavian Bar, located on a privileged position in Chora of Naxos, opposite the port. It’s been operating for 21 years and enjoys a great fame to both foreign and local tourists.
The Marmita Restaurant is now a part of the history of Santorini, since it has been operating in Megalochori since 2004. From 2013 it s been running under the observation of new owner Giannis Manikas and the sense of renewal is obvious.
It opened in 2004 and soon became one of the favourite dining spots in Santorini. It is called Metaxy mas which means.. between us, but it is not a secret any more that this restaurant has a rich menu with almost 40 different dishes and appetizers based on traditional Greek cuisine.
More than just a famous tourist destination, Santorini boasts a romantic scene where you can have some really memorable moments with your partner. The time when the sun sets deep down to the Aegean Sea and the sky gets these amazing orange colors is the best to enjoy a cocktail. One of the best places to do so is the Classico bar restaurant in the capital of Fira.
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