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Lyceum Club of Greek Women

The Lyceum Club of Greek Women on Dimokritou Street, Kolonaki.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

    1911 Founded. Also, the first public performance took place in Zappeion.

    1935 Transferred to the current building.

    1988 Greek Costume History Museum is founded.

    1999 The building was damaged by the Athens earthquake. It has been restored.

    2004 In the Athens Olympic Games, volunteers of the medal ceremonies wore these traditional costumes.

  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 Lyceum is housed in a neoclassical building and consists of 15,000 members, with 51 branches throughout Greece and 18 offices abroad. It is famous for its rich Historical Archive, and the cloakroom contains exact copies of the traditional costumes that comprise the collection of the Greek Costume History Museum.


What I can't see

It was founded by the Greek feminist Kallirroi Parren, who wanted to establish a women’s club with an emphasis on the Greek tradition as a reaction to the foreign attitude that prevailed in Athenian society, but at the same time, wanted the Lyceum to follow the standards of other European countries, in terms of how it operates. Initially, it was housed in Parren’s offices but found a permanent home in the present building in 1935, after moving between three other buildings of the time (the Katsimbalis house, the Makkas house and a privately owned building on Akadimias Street). During the German Occupation, the Lyceum offered food for children, and after the bombing of Piraeus by the British in 1944, it housed 145 bomb victims. The aim of the foundation was-and still is-the dissemination of Greek popular culture. The program began with classes for illiterate mothers, Greek and European dance lessons, painting, decoration, foreign languages, rhythmic gymnastics and others. Today, most of these classes are still ongoing, although the Lyceum is best known for teaching traditional dances in Greece and abroad. Currently there are also choral singing lessons, theatrical plays, and Greek lessons for immigrant women.




  • Address: 14 Dimokritou St.
  • Postal Code : 10673
  • Τηλέφωνο: +30 210 3611042
  • E-mail:
  • Website:


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Lyceum Club of Greek Women, (2018), Ιστορικά Στοιχεία, [History] in

Last visit: 13/7/2020


Makrogianni M., (1996), Ματιές στην Αθήνα που έφυγε, [Glances at Athens that is gone] v.2, Filippoti