National Library of Greece, Athens

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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.
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  • It looked marvellous on the clear azure sky day of our visit. Ascending the sweeping stairway we admired its marble and soaring columns. Housing the library for well over a century, the limitations.....  more »
  • This one if the three buildings in neo classical style, located next to each other on Panepistimou street. The National library of Greece is on the left, the University of Athens in the middle and...  more »
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  • 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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