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National Kapodistrian University of Athens

The historic and central building of Kapodistrian University of Athens, an example of early classicism.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

    1839 Beginning of construnction, based on Christian Hansen designs.

    1864 Construction completion.

  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 University of Athens is the main building of the Athenian Trilogy. Nowadays, the building houses only the deanery, the judiciary body and the archive, while it’s also used for university events. It consists of two storey wings and courtyards. The architecture is influenced by the early neoclassicism, as shown by the Ionic portico, combining simplicity with the grandeur of a monument. At the entrance, we see depicted the rebirth of sciences and King Otto, while right and left of the portico we see personalities of the world of philosophy, theatre and sciences. In the facade, are placed statues of important figures of modern Greek history.

What I can't see

With the creation of the Greek state, Athens was seeking to evolve from provincial city to the state capital, although it was considered a temporary capital, while Istanbul was designated as the future and permanent one. In this effort helped the main building of the University. The foundation has helped to establish Athens as the cultural centre of the period in the Balkan region. The University of Athens is called Kapodistrian to honour Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first Governor of Greece after the foundation of the Greek state. The University of Athens currently has 5 faculties and 32 departments, most of which are housed in the campus in the east of the city.



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National Kapodistrian University

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Last visit 14/8/2020