Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre

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Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre
4.5
6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Monday
6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Friday
6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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A multifunctional and environmentally sustainable education, arts, and recreation destination. It comprises of the Stavros Niarchos Park, and the new facilities of the National Library of Greece (NLG) and the Greek National Opera (GNO). Designed with the purpose of being open and accessible to all, it enriches the lives of the country's residents and aims to attract visitors from around the world.
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permia
Ireland37,798 contributions
Taking the very convenient and free shuttle bus from Syntagma, we enjoyed a great time exploring the fabulous centre.

On arrival we strolled around the lake marvelling at the marvellous modern edifies.

Availing of the elevator to the top floor, it was wonderful to gaze at the all-round panoramas as the sun set. Sipping a coffee we sat close to the edge taking in the full expanse of the city below us.

On the other side we saw the fine Olympic Stadium and Museum Armour Vessel.

As National Libraries go, this one is tremendous. With space for a couple of million volumes it is a stupendous facility for the city folk.

A culmination was a most entertaining performance at the grand Opera House.
Written September 5, 2020
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January
New York City, NY43 contributions
Friends
I didn’t even know about the free tours until I started researching the Greek National Opera. During my last trip to Europe I really enjoyed the tour at the Vienna Opera House and was looking for a similar experience in Athens. Come to find out the cultural complex houses two of my favorites - an opera house and a beautiful library.

I’m so grateful to have stumbled on the information. I’m even more grateful that I got to take advantage of the tour. My group was a total of six; the cap is 25. The website wasn’t clear about the meeting point - “Public PC Lobby”. I popped in the library prior to the tour and double checked with one of the security guards where the meeting point was located. (PC = Personal Computer.) If you head in the direction of the ground floor public “computer lab”, you’ll see an information desk before you get to the computers.

You’ll have to check in at the desk for the free tour. The person behind the desk will then confirm your online reservation and you’ll be handed a badge to wear for the duration of the tour.

The tour consists of the ground floor of the library, as well as the 2nd floor, which had limited access since it was Clean Monday. The tour continues to the Greek National Opera afterwards. Again, we started at the ground floor. After comparing both lobbies, library and opera, we were guided to one of the smaller stages, where it was being prepped to debut a show. We headed to the main stage soon after. Both stages were very intimate and contemporary.

We also got to see two rehearsal studios. One of them actually had a member of the orchestra. He was practicing but didn’t mind our brief interruption. We were also granted access to the 5th floor of the main stage, where we came to appreciate that even the “cheap seats” had great views of the stage!

We wrapped up the tour at The Lighthouse, where our guide continued to educate us on the sustainability practice of the complex.

The 90 minute tour was worth every second. So glad there were only six of us! Otherwise, we would have lost too much time just trying to corral everyone.

Thanks again for such a great tour! I wish everyone was as generous as SFNCC.
Written March 2, 2020
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Odile M
Providence, RI67 contributions
This is an affordable place: I got 2nd balcony tickets to Don Carlos for 40 Euros each, compared to other opera houses around the world including Paris and NewYork! Although it is not in Athens' center, and the metro would take over an hour, there is a FREE shuttle every half hour for passengers with an opera ticket (I did not even show mine). It picks up at the corner of Syntagma Square, in front of the MacDonald and Public restaurants. It drops right in front of the Opera. You can take if back to Syntagma after the show at the same place as the drop off on the half hour until midnight (Go quickly directly at the end of the show because there will be a line). It is a great service. The restaurant, Agora Bistro, is located directly in the centre. It is somewhat forgettable but extremely convenient for a quick bite before the show, and serves OK food and beverages including alcohol. Seating is difficult but you can "take out" and eat in the living room and chairs of the library which makes up the other side of the SN cultural centre. The library is impressive. The opera experience itself (music, quality, orchestra, actors.resses., etc.) was top quality. . The center is open to all people, families, children, etc.
Written January 3, 2020
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Roberta D
London, UK8 contributions
I went to the meeting point at the "junction of Syntagma Square with Ermou", as per the information provided on the centre's website and showed up well in advance of the set pick up time at 5:30pm on 2/6/22. A few minutes after 5:30pm a white minibus appeared in the distance, to the left of the meeting point and amidst the chaotic traffic that is so distinctive of Syntagma. I barely had the time to walk towards the spot where the bus had just pulled over, and catch sight of the SNFCC logo, that the driver had already driven off and re-joined the traffic flow. I waved at the driver and made an attempt to catch up with the bus, but it was all in vain as the driver did not make the slightest effort to slow down (let alone stop) and look around. I immediately called SNFCC's general number and gave them an account of what had just happened, and asked that they inform the management. This delightful experience happened the night before I left Athens, after I had planned my whole day around a visit to the centre by shuttle bus. Needless to say, this was an utter disappointment.
Written June 3, 2022
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wstokes1965
Sydney, Australia1,018 contributions
Couples
Such a beautiful and open place to walk around - the rooftop garden was wonderful and great views over the whole area (there is a lift just off to the right when you enter the main building). The centre water area is so peaceful - and despite it being busy there is so much space to feel the peace. Would be amazing to have been able to go to the new National Opera (housing in the centre) - maybe next time!
Written April 17, 2022
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Alexander Karayannis
5 contributions
This place is many things to many people,for locals and tourists alike to enjoy...If you just can't take yet another museum or ancient site in the area,why not take the time to discover what Athens life really means,not just culturally,but for all ages, interests and at any time of year.Fully air-conditioned to beat those hot Summer days when being outdoors can be uncomfortably hot,warm in the winter,the entire complex now houses the National library of Greece,the brand new Opera House and lecture Halls,unique views of the city of Athens,fantastic spots for picture taking,both sophisticated modern cuisine restaurant as well as fast food and refreshment stalls to begin with.A lovely park to walk about,in safety with the ever present- and very helpful- private security guards,for young moms to take the children out for an early evening stroll,designated bike paths,the first I ever saw in Athens,
and adequate parking for any event's attendance.This can be a lecture,Opera performance,outdoor concert,or free film showing when the sun goes down in the magnificently maintained garden park atrium.
The place is relatively new,it opened some three years ago,but it already has built an excellent reputation for itself,and very well deserved one at that,more than worth a visit if only to see how much a novelty like this can offer,and perhaps...spread the word, about one of the city's best kept secret treasures,yet undiscovered by most.
Written January 16, 2020
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Sarah b
Lytham St Anne's, UK1,528 contributions
Couples
Fantastic modern complex. Short taxi ride from Sygrou Fix metro station, €5 fare.  We had a good walk around enjoying the place. Dancing fountains out front every 15 minutes at weekends. Green roof Definately worth a walk,  fantastic achievement getting a fully mature garden including some sizeable trees into the roof! Very peaceful place with benches to sit for a while.  Pedestrianised bridge takes you over towards the marina to continue your walk. Views of the neighbouring archeological site and Olympic venues. Also home to the National Library, a great modern building. 

Stunning modern  opera house complex.

The auditorium itself is everything you would expect from a modern opera house. Acoustics were excellent for the performance we saw of Madama Butterfly.  All seats had a real-time translation facility into Greek or English from the original Italian which was great. We were in the stalls all socially distanced and masks etc. I noticed that in the upper levels the seats are all angled side on to get a front view of the stage, excellent design. Beautiful bright auditorium with comfortable seating.  

There is a bistro at the entrance of the theatre serving drinks and snacks. Welcome as the theatre bars were closed currently due to the pandemic.

We spent around 4 hours here at a weekend and really enjoyed the walk around the gardens and taking the lift up to the green roof.  So glad we came back here during the day following the fantastic performance of Madama Butterfly the previous evening. Fabulous place part of modern Athens.

Written October 26, 2020
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Karney F
3 contributions
Family
Visit the lighthouse (viewing platform at the top) for wonderful views of the city and the coast, then walk down the green roof /park, which is full of plants from Attica. Lovely place to wander. This is a great investment made to Athens.
Written October 12, 2020
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Ellie
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia556 contributions
Amazing place, such a wonderful tribute to art, culture, sports. It is a true leisure spot for visitors. It is open to everyone, no reservations. The architecture is magnificent, the whole concept is remarkable. We spent the New Year's Eve there, and could not find any flaw. The library is just extraordinary, the parks, the green rooftop, the sledge park. There are permanent and temporary galleries, the National Opera Theater and the National Library are all part of it. The restaurants and the coffee spots are great with very good service. The best surprise in Athens, don't miss it
Written February 17, 2020
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Evelyn
Brighton, UK3 contributions
Worth visiting at night but mainly for the walk across to Faliron complex which opposite the center. A lot of construction is happening around the area and this spoils I guess the beauty around all this. Ideal for this on bicycles to tour the area around Faliron complex , sailing school and all the way to the Stadium of Piece and friendship. It will be more interesting I guess with cultural events going on after covid period
Written July 25, 2020
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