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  • Address: Eleftheriou Venizelou Avenue 28 (also called Panepistimiou Avenue), Athens, Attica, Greece 10679, Greece
  • Hours: Not open to the public

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Academy of Athens Tours

The lovely Neoclassical Academy of Athens was built in the mid 19th century during the post-independence re-flowering of Greek culture and is home to the national institutes for sciences, philosophy, fine arts and humanities, following in a tradition first established by Plato in around 387 BC. It is part of a triumvirate of neighboring buildings known as the ‘Neoclassical Trilogy’ designed by Danish architects Theophil and Christian Hansen and encompassing the National Library and the University of Athens. With a marble façade, the main entrance is through an ornamental colonnaded portico topped with sculptures on the carved pediment representing the birth of Athena and flanked by statues of Athena and Apollo standing on slender columns – all are the work of sculptor Leonidas Drossis in the 1870s and are guarded by two philosophical-looking sculptures of Plato and Socrates.

The Academy’s imposing marble assembly hall is decorated with murals of the Prometheus legend, painted by German artist Christian Griepenkerl. Alongside its 23 research departments, it also houses the Ioannis Sykoutris Library, where rare editions and manuscripts are preserved. Members of the Academy are elected for life and part of its work is to award intellectual works as well as publishing books and journals. It is not open to the public.

Practical Info

Eleftheriou Venizelou Avenue 28 (also called Panepistimiou Avenue), Athens. Metro Line 2 to Panepistimiou.

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Athens Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour plus Half-Day Cape Sounion Trip, Athens, null
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Athens Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour plus Half-Day Cape Sounion Trip

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Discover two beautiful, fascinating Ancient Greece locations with this Athens Super Saver. With your guide, explore Athens and visit breathtaking monuments ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $135.88
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Athens Full Day Tour with Lunch, Athens, Super Savers
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Athens Full Day Tour with Lunch

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From the Acropolis to Omonia Square, you'll see with this full day trip all the famous sites of ancient and modern Athens. Offering a perfect overview of the ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $142.66
Central Athens Highlights Small Group Tour by TRIKKE, Athens, Full-day Tours
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Central Athens Highlights Small Group Tour by TRIKKE

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See the top sights of central Athens on a revolutionary TRIKKE® (electric tricycle) on this leisurely 2-hour small group tour. Glide around the center on your ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $77.27
Athens Sightseeing Half-Day Tour, Athens, Trikke Tours
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Athens Sightseeing Half-Day Tour

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Admire the wonders of Ancient Greece on this comprehensive 3.5-hour city tour of Athens. Discover the historical center of the city as you drive past such ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Athens Sightseeing with Acropolis Museum, Athens, Half-day Tours
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Athens Sightseeing with Acropolis Museum

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From the Acropolis to Omonia Square, with the half-day sightseeing  and  Acropolis museum tour you'll see all the famous sites of ancient and modern ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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Private Panoramic City Tour of Athens, Athens, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Private Panoramic City Tour of Athens

This private half-day tour will cover most of the highlights of Athens and give you a great overview of this ancient city. Tour includes visits to the city ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: Flexible

From USD $475.53
Private Best of Athens Full-Day Tour with Transportation, Athens, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Private Best of Athens Full-Day Tour with Transportation

This full-day, private tour in Athens is a unique way to see one of the most interesting cities in the world that has been charming visitors for centuries. ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $117.69
Private Walking Tour: National Archaeological Museum, Athens, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Walking Tour: National Archaeological Museum

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Visit one of the world's great museums, the National Archaeological Museum of Athens on this three-hour private walking tour. The museum houses the most ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.63
Private Half-Day Athens Highlights Tour, Athens, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Half-Day Athens Highlights Tour

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Athens is a beautiful city of old-meets-new contrasts. Explore the landmarks that make the city special on this 5-hour, private driving tour. Discover sites ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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Historical Athens Walking Tour Including the Changing of the Guard, Athens, Private Sightseeing ... 
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Historical Athens Walking Tour Including the Changing of the Guard

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Discover what makes Athens so unique on this 3-hour tour led by a local guide. Dive into the Greek capital’s storied history at Syntagma Square, where you’ll ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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