National Library of Greece, Athens

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  • The national library of Greece is located in the center of Athens. It is a beautiful and impressive buildings. Like many other buildings in Athens - it has a history, as it was established in 1832.  more »
  • Is situated next to the University, on Panepistimiou Avenue, a short walk from the Metro station with the name of that Avenue. Is a neo-classical building, inspired in part on the Doric style, consisting of a central nave and two smaller buildings, one on each side and symmetrical. They said have around 500,000 books.
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  • A beautiful place, with ancient books, where silence reigns supreme. The Guide Gregory was really good. Explained everything and directed us to the new home of the library (near the port of Piraeus).
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  • Beautiful building and a huge collection. You can't visit all the rooms but it's worth a stop over.
  • That's a pity that we can't enter as it was closed for a period in summer time. Unexpected.
  • Very friendly librarian, helpful and good advisor. Above that, beautiful library-must to see!
  • closed at the moment as they are moving books around (or something). didn't realise until we had arrived there; don't think anything about this is mentioned online
  • We went in the morning @ 9+am and it was closed, but a male librarian staff, upon seeing us outside the door, open its doors for us. He went out of his way, gave us a quick history (it will be relocated very soon) and even showed us around the inside of the library, which is closed to the public! for this, we are very thankful. Its a very ancient but beautiful library, like a scene taken out from harry potter.

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