The Stavros Niarchos Foundation : Athens’ new temple of culture

17 Dec 2018
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Designed by the architect Renzo Piano and overlooking the Port of Piraeus, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation is Athens’ latest temple of culture.

Fondation Stavros Niarchos, le nouveau temple culturel d'Athènes
Anchor your yacht at the Port of Piraeus for easy access to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. © DR


The City of the Gods is moving and shaking! At the same time new attendance records were being set at the « Countless Aspects of Beauty » exhibition, which examined the diverse beauty of Greek statuary, and at the sixth edition of the Modern Art Biennial, a new monumental temple of culture suddenly appeared as part of the spectacular renaissance of the Greek capital.

Athens according to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation, named after a rich shipping tycoon, is an airy building made of glass and concrete built along a canal. The structure is topped by a 10 000 m² roof covered with solar panels that reflect the light and sun. This eminently modern building overlooks a Mediterranean garden with a terrace that offers a panoramic view of the ocean and the Acropolis.

Stavros Niarchos Foundation by night Concerts, shows, and performances are held at the cultural centre every night. © DR
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Opera The six-floor auditorium of the National Opera is decorated with red-tone wood in reference to the traditional velvet seats. © DR

A worldly and culture-oriented community space

The opera house has moved into the building, and its glass walls create a bridge between the inside and outside, featuring mobile sculptures that shift along with the site’s visitors. The National Library can also be found here along with its play spaces and one million works—some of which date back to the 9th century. The foundation’s cafe terraces make it a must-see during your next weekend in Athens.

Stavros Niarchos Foundation library The National Library is home to exceptionally rare manuscripts that are part of the Greek heritage. © DR

An artistic renaissance in the country of Aphrodite

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