The University of Athens is located in Panepistimiou street, close to the “Panepistimio” metro station. Along with the Academy of Athens on its right side and the National Library on the left side, they consist of the “Athenian Trilogy”.
The University of Athens is the oldest university of Modern Greece and probably the most prominent one. Also, it is the first contemporary university in the Balkan Peninsula and the Eastern Mediterranean region. It was founded in 1837 during the reign of King Otto and was initially housed in a building in Plaka. In 1841, the institution was relocated to the building in Panepistimiou street, while in 1932 it was renamed “National and Kapodostrian Univerisity of Athens”.
It is a public institution meaning tuition is free for all students. There are different types of schools within the University such as: the School of Health Sciences, the School of Science, the School of Law, the School of Economics and Political Sciences, the School of Philosophy and others. Of course, its premises are in different parts of the Greek Capital: Panepistimioupoli (which is the University campus in Zografou region), Exarxeia and more.
The building in Panepistimiou street serves as a ceremony hall and rectory. It was built by Christian Hansen and is of Neoclassical design.