Academy of Athens

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The Academy of Athens (Greek: Ακαδημία Αθηνών) is Greece’s national academy, and the highest research establishment in the country. It was established in 1926, and operates under the supervision of the Ministry of Education. The Academy’s main building is one of the major landmarks of Athens.
The main building of the Academy is a neoclassical design one between Panepistimiou Street and Akadimias Street in the centre of Athens. The building was designed as part of an architectural “trilogy” in 1859 by the Danish architect Theophil Hansen, along with the University and the National Library.
The Greek neo-classical sculptor Leonidas Drosis sculpted the figures of Athena and Apollo with lyre on the Academy’s flanking pillars and this brought first prize at the Vienna Exhibition of 1873.
On 20 March 1887, the building of the “Sinaean Academy”, as it was called, was delivered by Ziller to the Greek Prime Minister, Charilaos Trikoupis. In the absence of a national Academy, the building was used for housing the Numismatic Museum in 1890, and in 1914 the Byzantine Museum and the State Archives. Finally, on 24 March 1926, the building was handed over to the newly-established Academy of Athens.

- In nowadays we always look at the archaeological sites and the ancient temples of the Greek and the Roman era, and we only see that are made with white marble and no colours, because the time and weather have faded the original colours. This is a great example of the colours the ancient Greeks used to use to decorate their temples and the big buildings of the state in the famous 5th century BC, when the Parthenon and the Acropolis of Athens were build.
Academy of Athens, Greece, Europe

Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-85 mm at 75 mm, 1/1000 sec at f/ 11, ISO 400
© Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos Photography. All Rights Reserved.


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