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Academy of Athens

The main building of the Academy is a neoclassical building between Panepistimiou Street and Akadimias Street in the centre of Athens. The building was designed as part of an architectural "trilogy" in 1859 by the Danish architect Theophil Hansen, along with the University and the National Library. Funds had been provided by the magnate Simon Sinas specifically for the purpose, and the foundation stone was laid on 2 August 1859. Construction proceeded rapidly, after 1861 under the supervision of Ernst Ziller, but the internal tumults during the latter years of King Otto's reign, which resulted in his ousting in 1862, hampered construction until it was stopped in 1864. Works resumed in 1868, but the building was not completed until 1885, at a total cost of 2,843,319 gold drachmas, most of it provided by Sinas, and, after his death, by his wife Ifigeneia. The sculptures were undertaken by the Greek Leonidas Drosis, while the murals and paintings by the Austrian Christian Griepenkerl.

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Comments (478)

Jörg R. on April 25, 2014

Ein erstklassiger Blick nach oben !


Beste Grüße

normand richard on April 27, 2014

this is so beautifull architecture.

Salutation du Québec et ☼

mfp / No Views! on April 28, 2014

Excellent photo 6 details, dear Nikos!

Like + Favorite

Greetings and best wishes, Florian

Sirka on April 29, 2014

Well seen!L456

Larissa Subb on May 1, 2014

Nice! Like-457!

hschwe on May 6

Εξαιρετική φωτογραφία, όμορφο τοπίο! Αρέσει και αγαπημένη! Χαιρετισμούς, Helmut

Nicola Morandi on May 13

Splendida vista del colonnato! Tanti Saluti dal Trentino, Nicola M.Like+Fav

neil.gilmour on May 20

Great photo of a beautiful building! YSL and greetings from Philadelphia. Neil

Lud Mila on May 27

Remarkable & interesting shot.


Best wishies, LudMila

Augustinas Plikis on June 15

A great architecture and photo!Like!

miru3po on July 9



Esztella on July 12

I really like the photo.

F + L

Best regards, Esztella

Ge Ko on July 15

A really good selection of the perspective for this shot!

Like 463

Greetings from Germany,

Ge Ko

Marco Rey on August 9

Bella immagine, ottimi dettagli. Like. Saluti, Marco

Unusual & striking perspective. Like & Fave! -JAK

Arteara Ayagaures on August 13

La Academia de Atenas es mi obra favorita de la trilogía neoclásica ateniense. Bellísima foto de la Academia. Buen encuadre, resultado perfecto!!!

Georg Schreiner on October 3

Wonderful shot, great perspective. F101+L466 - Best greetings - Georg

Красиво! F+L C наилучшими пожеланиями из Карелии, Fen

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    by varkos
    • Camera: Canon EOS 450D
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