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Academy of Athens
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Visit Greece’s national academy to admire the neoclassical architecture of one of Athens' most striking landmarks.

Stop by the Academy of Athens to enjoy the academic atmosphere of the city’s home of higher learning. Photograph the beautiful neoclassical building and admire the statues of Apollo and Athena.

Approach the academy from Panepistimiou Avenue to view one of the most admired pieces of architecture in the city. The academy is part of the neoclassical trilogy, a group of three buildings located in central Athens that are exceptional examples of neoclassical architecture.

Explore the Ionic building, which consists of a central part and two wings, and is designed using the principles of an ancient temple. With its harmonious proportions and gentle lines, it is considered by many to be one of the most exquisite neoclassical buildings in the world.

Admire the fine marble façade and rich sculptural decoration. The façade was created by sculptor Leonidas Drosis and took more than a decade to complete.

Stop in front of the building to view the statues of Socrates and Plato. You’ll also find the statues of Athena and Apollo, each perched on top of a high Ionic column.

At the entrance, take a look at the representation of the birth of Athena sculptured in the round. Don’t miss the terra-cotta sculptures that decorate the eight smaller sections in the building’s two wings. These were created by Austrian sculptor Franz Melnitzky.

The academy itself is the highest scientific institution in Greece. It takes its name from the ancient Academy of Plato, an exclusive academic club for philosophers founded by Plato around 387 B.C.

The Academy of Athens is situated close to the Acropolis, between Panepistimiou Street and Akadimias Street. It is an easy walk from Athens City Center. Although not open to the public, this iconic building is well worth visiting.

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