THE STANLEY HOTEL ATHENS
Conveniently located 600 m from Athens city center and just steps from Metaxourgeio Metro Station, The Stanley Hotel features a rooftop pool, 2 restaurants and 2 bars, including an open-air bar on the rooftop. It offers air-conditioned accommodations with free WiFi, and a 24-hour front desk.
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The largest and most informed in fashion department store in Greece is just a few steps from Syntagma square.Hosting more than 850 brands and a café/restaurant on the last floor.
Ermou Street, an approximately one-kilometre-long (0.62-mile) pedestrian road connecting Syntagma Square to Monastiraki, is a consumer paradise for both Athenians and tourists.
The Theatre of Dionysus is regarded as the first sample of Greek theatres and the birthplace of the Greek drama. It was built into a natural hallow at the southern slopes of the Acropolis and it is the first theater in the world. This ancient theater was dedicated to Dionysus, the god of wine making and ecstasy, whose festivals was the driving force behind the development of Greek theater. Probably established in the late 6th century, the theater has been reconstructed many times since then.
The Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens was inaugurated in December 2010, as a new cultural site accessible to all. Its mission is the promotion of modern cultural expression, the support of new Greek artists, the cultivation of international collaborations, the education and lifelong learning, as well as the co-existence and interaction of sciences, innovation and arts.
For the implementation of the Centres architectural study, 66 candidatures from all over the world were evaluated, to finally decide on the proposal of the French architectural firm Architecture Studio. TheOnassis Cultural Center buildings construction began in 2000, with the exclusive funding and supervision of the Onassis Foundation. The result is an excellent sample of contemporary architecture, with the simplicity of the buildings volume and plainness of form offering a powerfully monumental character.
The architectural redesign of both amphitheatres was assigned to Architect Mark Foley. Their specialized theatre lighting was assigned to James Morse while the redesign of the architectural lighting throughout the building was assigned to Eleftheria Deko & Associates.
The interior of the Onassis Cultural Center building extends to a total of 18,000 sq. m. over seven floors and nine underground levels.
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) is an international philanthropic organization which makes grants in the areas of arts and culture, education, health and medicine, and social welfare. The SNF funds organizations and seeks out projects that exhibit strong leadership and sound management and are expected to achieve a broad, lasting and positive social impact. The foundation actively supports projects that facilitate the formation of public-private partnerships as effective means for serving public welfare.
Since 1996, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation has committed grants totaling more than $1.57 billion, through more than 2,800 grants to nonprofit organizations in 111 nations around the world.
A major point of commercial, political and social life, Syntagma Square is the most important square of the city, and even the country. Its central fountain and statues with the Parliament building in the background, make it an easily recognizable sight, topped only of course by the Acropolis.
Designed and constructed in the early 19th century, after Greece’s first King Otto moved the capital of the newly-born Greek Kingdom from Nafplio to Athens in 1834, the Palace square, as it was known, was one of the city’s two main squares along with Omonoia (meaning Concorde).
Today, Syntagma Square continues to be the stage for demonstrations and political rallies and serves not only as a destination for travelers and tourists, but also a meeting point for locals.
In the shadow of the Acropolis and its ancient temples, hillside Plaka has a village feel, with narrow cobblestone streets lined with tiny shops selling jewelry, clothes and local ceramics. Sidewalk cafes and family-run tavernas stay open until late, and Cine Paris shows classic movies al fresco. Nearby, the whitewashed homes of the Anafiotika neighborhood give the small enclave a Greek-island vibe.
Hip Thiseio is popular for evening strolls with views of the illuminated Acropolis. Stalls at the neighborhood market sell local artisan wares like leather bags, paper lanterns and handmade soaps, and shady streets are packed with cafes, tavernas and bars. The National Observatory has vintage telescopes on display and offers tours, while the Herakleidon museum hosts art and science exhibitions.
Also called the Hill of the Muses, Filopappou Hill – along with the Hills of the Pnyx and the Nymphs – was, according to Plutarch, where Theseus and the Amazons did battle. Inhabited from prehistoric times to the post-Byzantine era, today the pine-clad slopes are a relaxing place for a stroll. They offer excellent views of Attica and the Saronic Gulf, well-signed ruins and some of the very best vantage points for photographing the Acropolis.
The Acropolis of Athens is an ancient citadel located on a rocky outcrop above the city of Athens and contains the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon. The word acropolis is from the Greek words ἄκρον and πόλις.