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National Library of Greece

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Address: 32 Panepistimiou Street, Athens 106 79, Greece
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there are 3 neo classical buildings together here and they are worth seeing..BUT..stay in front of the buildings,the rear has a small square with trees and benches..IT IS AN OPEN... read more

Reviewed 25 November 2016
Neath, United Kingdom
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

I went 10th Jan 2017. The staffs told me the Library will move to new place which is very nice new building with Opera house together! Take bus B2, get off interamerica station then walk 5-10 minutes. Very nice new library!

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Neath, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 November 2016

there are 3 neo classical buildings together here and they are worth seeing..BUT..stay in front of the buildings,the rear has a small square with trees and benches..IT IS AN OPEN AIR DRUG MARKET..i was in omonia which is 5 minutes away and nearly all the streets off the main thoroughfare have drug users openly injecting.you cant miss it.heroin was cooked... More 

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Nantwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Didn't enter the library as was short of time, but the building is very impressive and more than a bit reminiscent of a Greek temple, gives you an idea what the ruins would look like new

Thank Andrew R
Chestnut Ridge, New York
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Reviewed 5 October 2016

We visited Athens at the time when most Athenians are on summer vacation. On our first stop, the library was closed. We went on another day and noticed the posting stating that the museum will re-open in September. We went back for a third time, and we just missed the open hours. We were so disappointed that we couldn't see... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2016

On the way to the National Archaeological Museum, we decided to try and get into the national library. As nobody told us we could not go in (we really looked like tourists in our shorts, t-shirt and camera), we had a discreet look at the old reading room, which would make a perfect setting for a film set in the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 April 2016

The staff were friendly, helpful and extremely patient and painstakingly helped me to locate the information I required.

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Alice Springs, Australia
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Reviewed 29 March 2016

The National library is a neoclassical structure and is part of a trilogy of buildings, which includes the Athens University and the Academy of Athens, all located next to each other. The library houses a large collection of books, newspapers and manuscripts in several languages. There are also some Greek manuscripts, which date back to over 1400 years. We found... More 

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Reviewed 13 March 2016

The building that houses the National Library of Greece was designed by the Danish architect Theophilus Hansen, as part of his famous Trilogy of neo-classical buildings including the Academy of Athens and the original building of the Athens University. The middle of biggest part of the Library is the Reading Room. On its main façade one can see a Doric-style... More 

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Reviewed 6 March 2016

We did not enter the library, just stopped there during our hop on hop off tour because the building is gorgeous. You should stop there and check it, even if it's only from the outside.

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Reviewed 21 February 2016

A lovely neoclassical building in the heart of the city, it is located close to the Athens University. We did not enter the library, but it is recommended

Thank niluanu

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Omonia Square is as plain in appearance as Syntagma is grand. Surrounded largely by functional blocks from the 1950s and 60s and no longer boasting its underground stalls, the square is now mostly frequented by immigrants and bargain shoppers. The most rewarding area to explore is to the south. Set off down Athinas Street, with the Acropolis gradually coming into focus in the distance, and you will get a sense of old commercial Athens, especially at the picturesque meat, fish and vegetable markets some way beyond the City Hall. The blocks to the west of Athinas are home to many Chinese and South Asian traders, adding a multicultural atmosphere to what was until the late 1990s a very homogenous society.
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