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The National Library

The National Library of Greece is situated near the center of Athens City. It is one of the most beautiful buildings in Athens City.

It was designed by the Danish architect Theophil Freiherr von Hansen. As part of his famous Trilogy of Neo-Classical Buildings including the Academy of Athens and the original building of the Athens University. It was founded by Ioannis Kapodistrias.

The original idea for establishing the National Library was from the philhellene Johann Jakob Mayer. In result to a newspaper article by Mayer, Ioannis Kapodistrias grouped together as one project the National Library with other intellectual institutions such as schools, national museums, and printing houses.

The National Library has 4,500 Greek Manuscripts which is one of the greatest collection of Greek scripts. There are also many chrysobulls and archives of the Greek Revolution.

Important to mention is that among the library’s holdings are a Codex of the Four Gospels attributed to the scribe Matthew. Also, uncial codex with a fragment Gospel of Matthew from 6th century, Flora Graeca Sibthorpiana by English botanist John Sibthorp; Rigas’ Chart by Rigas Velestinlis. most impresivly there are The Large Etymological Dictionary, a historic Byzantine dictionary; and the First Publication of Homer’s epics and hymns.

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by nimish Shah on National Library
beautiful building
Tour / Cruise Name: Athens Morning Sightseeing Tour With Visit Of Acropolis of Athens and New Acropolis Museum

A very nice building. It is quite impressive. if you are in Panepistimio area it is worth visiting

by Roberto Andreu/ Spain on National Library
quite beautiful
Tour / Cruise Name: Athens Morning Sightseeing Tour With Visit Of Acropolis of Athens and New Acropolis Museum

Very nice building both on the inside and outside. Worth a visit

by scotty on National Library
Tour / Cruise Name: About National Library in Athens City

Such beautiful architecture of the building, had a chance to go inside and see it as well. We got in and had a look around there were many interesting books which were also available for external people to use not only the students.