Three splendid examples of 19th-century architecture can be found on Panepistimiou Street, a short walk from Omonia and Syntagma squares. The University of Athens, the Academy of Athens and the National Library form the so-called trilogy of neo-classical architecture which brought about a revival of this Ancient Greek building style. The university, constructed between 1839 and 1864, stands in the middle and features a facade with splendid wall paintings and an arcade modeled on the Propylaea of the Acropolis. The graceful academy was built between 1859 and 1885, and stands to the right of the University. It features beautiful statues and an entrance inspired by the Erechthion Temple of the Acropolis. The National Library (1887-1902) stands out for its monumental staircase.
Attractions & Landmarks
- Nearest Train: Panepistimio