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The idea behind the realization of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center was originally conceived in 1998 when the Stavros Niarchos Foundation decided to proceed to a donation that would create a multi-space that would enrich the cultural facade of Athens.

Initially, the donation was destined separately for the National Library and the Greek National Opera, but as the plans proceeded, it was decided that a new building should be constructed, one that would co-host both institutions. In 2008, the prestigious task was undertaken by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, while the construction process began in 2012 and was completed in 2016.
A visit to this cultural center can be combined with a walk to Marina Flisvos for a meal or coffee by the sea.

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The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center is located in Palaio Faliro, a civic and old-school neighborhood of Athens. Its grounds host three different projects; the National Library, the Greek National Opera and the Stavros Niarchos Park.

The institution of the National Library was established in 1832, a few years after Greece has been declared an independent state. Until recently, it was hosted at the marvellous neoclassical building in Panepistimiou Street (designed by Ernst Ziller). With great respect to its history and care to the extremely significant books, documents and writings hosted, the basis of the library will be transferred gradually to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, to meet up with the demands of the new digital era. Aspiring to become a research center of global resonance, the new National Library offers ultra-modern facilities to assist the academic audience, researchers, students and well as readers.

The Greek National Opera is an impressive achievement, a venue that can host even the most demanding performances. With the latest technological equipment, impeccable acoustics, supreme design, and premium aesthetics, it can support the conduct of major singing and dancing productions, providing a superior experience both to the artists and the audience.

Last but not least, the Stavros Niarchos Park is literally a breath of fresh air to the grey city of Athens. Vast at the size, the park is overgrown with classic Mediterranean flora such as olive trees, aromatic herbs, and flowers that are planted carefully, in order to bloom according to each season. The park is full as alleys and places suitable for gatherings, where families and friends can enjoy a picnic or a walk, while children can engage in hours of playing. Bicycles are permitted, while it is also a great place for athletic activities. Some of the most impressive features of the park are the grand sea-water canal with the picturesque esplanade, the Lighthouse which is an ideal spot for reading and relaxing, as well as the photovoltaic canopy.

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center was donated to the Greek State in 2017, in an impressive ceremony. The entrance to its grounds is free, while there are special facilities for disabled people. Visitors can reach the center by a special minibus that departs from Ermou Street (at Syntagma Square) or by metro, tram, buses, and trolley.

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How to get there

There are many ways to reach Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, from any location in Athens.

Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked Athens transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the port, airport or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 693 881 8288, 0030 694 597 2090, 0030 690 943 9292 or book your taxi online.

Car rental: Τhere’s the option of renting a car in Athens with as little as 13 euros per day and pick it up directly from the airport, port or your hotel. Using a car rental allows visitors to discover Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center and many other places of interest in Athens at their own pace.

By bus/trolleybus: The closest bus stop is “Delta”. Check the routes and the official timetables on OASA Telematics.

By tram: The closest tram stop is “Tzitzifies” on Routes 1 and 3. Note that Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center is located within a 10-minute walking distance from the tram stop.

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