Photographer's Note

This is the 19th century University of Athens historic building, designed by Christian Hansen, as seen from Panepistimiou street. (meaning street of University).

The University of Athens was founded on May 3, 1837, and was housed in the residence of architects Stamatios Kleanthis and Eduard Schaubert, on the north slope of the Acropolis. It was the first university in Southeast Europe and the second academic institution after the Ionian Academy.
The University's first name was Othonian University ( ) after King Otto of Greece (in Greek, Othon) and consisted of four faculties.
- Theology
- Law
- Medicine
- Arts
The Kleanthis residence was too small to serve the needs of the Othonian University, so a building was especially designed by Danish architect Christian Hansen, who followed a neoclassical approach "combining the monument's magnificence with a human scale simplicity" and gave the building an H-shape.
The University building construction started in 1839 in a location to the north of the Acropolis.
Its front wing, also known as the "Propylaea", was completed in 1842-1843.
The rest of the wings' construction, that was supervised at first by Greek architect Lysandros Kaftantzoglou and later by his colleague Anastasios Theofilas, was completed in 1864.
The building is nowadays part of what is called the "Athenian Neoclassical Trilogy", along with the buildings of the
Athens Academy and the
National Library of Greece,
that were built afterwards to the left and the right of the University.
The Othonian University was renamed to National University ( ) in 1862, following events that forced King Otto to leave the country. It was later renamed to "National and Kapodistrian University of Athens" to honour Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first head of state of the independent modern Greek state.


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  • Copyright: Chris Koulis (chrisg76) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 23 W: 0 N: 241] (1212)
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  • Date Taken: 2014-10-17
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