Sights of Interest in Greece
National Library of Greece08-06-2013 12:47The National Library of Greece is part of the famous architectural trilogy designed by the Danish architect Theophil Freiherr von Hanse. It is located in the centre of Athens on the corner of Panepistimiou and Ippokratous street, across to the Panepistimio metro station.
The existence of the National Library is much older than the building in which is now hosted. The first thoughts of forming a Greek National Library dated back in 1824 and were published by the philhellene J. Mayer. The idea was implemented in 1829 by the first Governor of Greece Ioannis Kapodistrias on the island of Aegina.
In 1834 the library moved to the new state capital, Athens, and was housed in the building of the bath in the Roman Forum and later in the church of Agios Eleftherios, next to the Cathedral. In 1842 the Public Library was consolidated with the University Library and housed together in the new building of the University. In 1866, the two libraries merged in one, entitled "National Library of Greece".
On 16 March 1888 the foundation stone for a new neoclassical marble building was laid. The building was financed by three brothers of the Diaspora, Panagis, Marinos and Andreas Vallianos. It was designed by the Danish architect Theophil von Hansen, the same who designed the building of the Academy of Athens next to it. The construction was supervised by the architect Ernst Ziller and finished in 1903, when the library was relocated to the new Vallianos building, which still partly houses the Library in addition to two other buildings, at Agia Paraskevi and Nea Halkidona.
Today the National Library has an invaluable cultural treasure of 4,500 Greek manuscripts which is one of the greatest collections of Greek scripts. Among them there are also many chrysobulls, archives of the Greek Revolution, a codex of the four Gospels attributed to the scribe Matthew, Flora Graeca Sibthorpiana by English botanist John Sibthorp, Rigas' Chart by Rigas Velestinlis and the first publication of Homer's epics and hymns.
The lobby of the building is open for the public Monday to Friday with small contemporary exhibitions.
Like a relay race of three generations; a journey with happy days, sad days, joys, sorrows, wars, Occupation, poverty, hunger, deaths, volcanic eruptions, catastrophic earthquakes, flee for a better life, return, better days, feasts, tourism explosion, financial crises and so on… Everything has been indelibly inscribed on the walls of this small building, Aktaion. I feel grateful that life has given me the opportunity to hold the reins of Aktaion all the way to its centennial.
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.
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.
Explore the fascinating volcanic island of Santorini the way you want it yourself! Enjoy a unique accommodation experience, with huge doses of privacy and luxury by choosing to stay in Incognito Villa.
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.
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