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Athens Conservatoire

The Conservatoire of Athens is characteristic for its radical, modern Bauhaus architectural style.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

    1871 Founding of the Conservatoire as an institution. It was housed in Vlahoutsis' house.

    1969 Beginning of construction.

    1976 Construction completion.

    2022 Finishing and modernization projects were completed by Thymios Papagiannis and Associates AEM.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1821)

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)

  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)

  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)

  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)

  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)

  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)

What I can see

The Conservatoire of Athens (Athens Conservatory) is characteristic for its radical, modern Bauhaus architectural style. The building’s structure is of particular interest. It consists of basements, a pilotis with pillars and a first floor. It has 35 teaching halls, among which one for opera performance (350 seating capacity), one hall for theatre performance (150 seating capacity) and another for concerts. There are also teachers’ offices, a concert hall (820 seating capacity) as well as other halls for various events. The building’s exterior is austere, lined with marble from Mount Penteli and organized in a strict geometrical design/pattern. 

What I can't see

The design was by Ioannis Despotopoulos (Jan Despo), who was a student of Walter Gropius and received the first prize of the 1959 Greek architecture competition for this project. It is the only building that was built during the 1960s in the area, which was at the time slated to become the city’s cultural centre. The Conservatoire is culturally significant both artistically and architecturally. It houses a byzantine music school, which has to a great extent preserved and disseminated the musical tradition of Crete and the Peloponnese, brought European and Greek music closer and has also been a centre for the development of the dramatic arts. Artists of international class have graduated from the Conservatoire, including Maria Kallas, Emilios Veakis, Thomas Economou, Nikos Skalkotas, Manos Hatzidakis and Mikis Theodorakis.



Yohalas T., Kafetzaki Τ., (2013), Αθήνα, Ιχνηλατώντας την πόλη με οδηγό την ιστορία και τη λογοτεχνία [Athens, Tracing the city guided by history and literature], ESTIA Bookstore


Romanou Κ., (2003), Η έντεχνη μουσική, η μουσική παιδεία του νέου ελληνισμού, [artistic music, the musical education of modern hellenism], in Ιστορία του νέου ελληνισμού, 1770-2000, [History of modern Hellenism], Ellinika Grammata, v.4, p.p. 233-244


Technical Chamber of Greece, (2000), Ωδείο Αθηνών, [Athens conservatoire], culture2000,

Last visit 28/8/2012


Athens Conservatory, (2012), Ιστορικό, [History]

Last visit 28/8/2012