Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre

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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  • David J
    Blaydon, United Kingdom272 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning
    I attended an exhibition in the lighthouse, and was told in advance that the building was impressive. Impressive is an understatement- the building and views are absolutely spectacular, both during the day and at night. You can take a lift to the top and then look out over the city and the harbour.
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled on business
    Written 31 July 2023
  • David L
    Bromley, United Kingdom209 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    Recommended by a native as an interesting, slightly out of the way place to visit in Athens, so we took up the challenge. We didn’t go to the opera or visit the national library (both of which on site), and I cannot say that we explored the surrounding parkland in great detail as it was so hot on the day we visited. But with all that said, it was definitely an interesting trip outside of the city centre. Firstly: getting there. It was easy enough to find a bus route from our city centre base, but on arrival it did feel strange that the centre doesn’t appear to have a dedicated public transport hub. We walked from the bus stop, through residential streets and eventually after 10 minutes or so, into the centre through the car park. We did see a parked shuttle bus (shuttling from where I know not), and it’s entirely possible we missed something. However to us it definitely felt under served with public transport. On departure we repeated our journey round the service entrances at the back of the building and over a multi lane highway to a tram stop heading for Piraeus. Persevere, though, and the journey is worth it. The Renzo Piano designed centre is a very interesting building, set on multiple levels and integrated into the parkland which flows up and onto its roof. There’s an expansive courtyard with outside and inside seating linked to the onsite cafe so you can get some refreshment, and a pool area running alongside the length of the building for a stroll. During our visit the fountains started up, a synchronised display to classical music. Very pleasant. We took the lift up to the ‘panoramic steps’ level, just below the top floor ‘lighthouse level’ (which was closed for an event). A sloping area underneath the photovoltaic roof, this is presumably also an occasional outdoor performance space but does also offer what it says: views across the park towards the landmarks of Athens, and the other way out to sea. I’ve seen reviews that suggest that there is nothing here that you cannot get closer to the city centre in terms of views etc, and in fairness I think that’s probably accurate. But this is something slightly different, a bit off the beaten track, and an interesting detour especially if you are planning on checking out Piraeus. I am also certain that at times there are probably loads of interesting events to attend. It’s probably not on the ‘must see’ list for an Athens city break but if you have the time and fancy something different it is recommended.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 September 2023
  • Timeheritage
    11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A cultural heart for Athens
    Although at first one is put off by the massive concrete, sncf has it spots, like the garden and the canal. Sheltering the Nationsl Opera and the National Library is an unbeatable combination. Lectures or piano concerts at the ground floor can be extremely stimulating. One can enjoy cycling (bicycles for rent are available) or just hang around with a treat from one of the canteens or coffee shops. The spacious garage is a plus, but the place is not easy to reach with public transport (there is no metro station nearby, so one needs to take the tramway or take the -extremely rare- buses from Athens' centre).
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 January 2024
  • Bachata93
    Newbury, United Kingdom16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great holiday experience
    While on holiday from the UK, I saw that the ballet, Coppelia was showing and had to visit. The tickets we got were only €15 each and gave us a great view. The show itself was incredible - the dancers were beyond talented. Definitely a must-visit - just bear in mind that drinks/snacks are not allowed in the theatre!
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 May 2024
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Alexander Karayannis
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
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 16 January 2020
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Ellie
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia532 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
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 17 February 2020
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Sarah b
Lytham St Anne's, UK2,283 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • 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 26 October 2020
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Karney F
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • 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 12 October 2020
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Roberta D
London, UK7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
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 3 June 2022
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Panioann77
Larnaca, Cyprus1,047 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) (Greek: Κέντρο Πολιτισμού Ίδρυμα Σταύρος Νιάρχος (ΚΠΙΣΝ)) is a complex in the bay of Faliro in Athens which includes new facilities for the National Library of Greece (NLG) and the Greek National Opera (GNO), as well as the 210,000 m2 (2,300,000 sq ft) Stavros Niarchos Park. The center was designed by architect Renzo Piano and its construction was funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. The $861 million project was completed in 2016, and was donated to the Greek state in 2017.
Written 23 June 2023
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Evelyn
Brighton, UK3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
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 25 July 2020
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David L
Bromley, UK209 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Recommended by a native as an interesting, slightly out of the way place to visit in Athens, so we took up the challenge. We didn’t go to the opera or visit the national library (both of which on site), and I cannot say that we explored the surrounding parkland in great detail as it was so hot on the day we visited. But with all that said, it was definitely an interesting trip outside of the city centre.

Firstly: getting there. It was easy enough to find a bus route from our city centre base, but on arrival it did feel strange that the centre doesn’t appear to have a dedicated public transport hub. We walked from the bus stop, through residential streets and eventually after 10 minutes or so, into the centre through the car park. We did see a parked shuttle bus (shuttling from where I know not), and it’s entirely possible we missed something. However to us it definitely felt under served with public transport. On departure we repeated our journey round the service entrances at the back of the building and over a multi lane highway to a tram stop heading for Piraeus.

Persevere, though, and the journey is worth it. The Renzo Piano designed centre is a very interesting building, set on multiple levels and integrated into the parkland which flows up and onto its roof. There’s an expansive courtyard with outside and inside seating linked to the onsite cafe so you can get some refreshment, and a pool area running alongside the length of the building for a stroll. During our visit the fountains started up, a synchronised display to classical music. Very pleasant.

We took the lift up to the ‘panoramic steps’ level, just below the top floor ‘lighthouse level’ (which was closed for an event). A sloping area underneath the photovoltaic roof, this is presumably also an occasional outdoor performance space but does also offer what it says: views across the park towards the landmarks of Athens, and the other way out to sea.

I’ve seen reviews that suggest that there is nothing here that you cannot get closer to the city centre in terms of views etc, and in fairness I think that’s probably accurate. But this is something slightly different, a bit off the beaten track, and an interesting detour especially if you are planning on checking out Piraeus. I am also certain that at times there are probably loads of interesting events to attend. It’s probably not on the ‘must see’ list for an Athens city break but if you have the time and fancy something different it is recommended.
Written 20 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

wstokes1965
Sydney, Australia1,563 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • 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 17 April 2022
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David J
Blaydon, UK272 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Business
I attended an exhibition in the lighthouse, and was told in advance that the building was impressive. Impressive is an understatement- the building and views are absolutely spectacular, both during the day and at night.

You can take a lift to the top and then look out over the city and the harbour.
Written 31 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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