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
About
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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  • Panioann77
    Larnaca, Cyprus1,047 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Park to visit and relax!
    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.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 23 June 2023
  • David J
    Blaydon, United Kingdom270 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 Kingdom208 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
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Timeheritage
11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
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).
Written 7 January 2024
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Traveltoendofearth
United States53 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
The building is impressive and the holiday decorations are beautiful. The rows of trees are lit up during this time of year. We didn’t see any concerts but it was a cool place to walk around. It’s a LEED certified building.
Written 1 December 2023
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David L
Bromley, UK208 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.

David J
Blaydon, UK270 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.

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
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.

Freulein S
Athens, Greece158 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Friends
The foundation provides you with walk, with coffee time,with entertainment,with entertainment for your kids.One of the good places for long and calm walk.
Written 4 June 2023
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FactotumDellaCitta
London, UK3,984 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
We visited during the day, when we enjoyed the lovely gardens, and during the evening, when we enjoyed the light and sound show of the fountains. The view from the top of the building is gorgeous.
Written 17 April 2023
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DomLes94
Brighton, UK264 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
If you are Athens then this is definitely worth a visit. We went when there was an event going on and even though it was windy it was great to see the kites and hear the music!
Written 5 March 2023
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Malcolm T
Englishman abroad61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
The vastness & amazing condition of the venue along with tge constant "buzz" from all the "youth" enjoying it!
Written 15 December 2022
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Dimitris E
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
One of the best places to go for a walk or join a event with your girlfriend or friends, all the seasons especially in Christmas period!
Written 12 October 2022
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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