Guided tours at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens


The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens opens its "home" to the general public and invites you to get to know the Propylaia, one of the most emblematic landmarks of the capital city of the Greek state. Founded in 1839 and designed by the Danish architect Hans Christian Hansen, the neoclassical building and its monumental precinct bring up the most acknowledged highlights of Greek national history.

During its remarkable history, the building's indoors and precincts, except from educational activities, museums, anatomy halls, and laboratories, have also hosted a vast number of remarkable ritual events (statue and monument creating, anniversary celebrating, demonstrations, political gatherings, etc.), as well as the Greek Parliament and the National Library.

The neoclassical building of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens was designed by the Danish architect Hans Christian Hansen and its famous fresco, by the painter Carl Rahl, highlights some of the most memorable events of Greek mythology, philosophy and history. Furthermore, the sculptures of its precincts, complementary to the architectural and painting programme, focus on modern historical figures and dead fighters' monuments.

The University neoclassical building, together with the Academy and the National Library, form the famous Athenian Trilogy, an excellent sample of neoclassical architecture intended to elegantly improve the city center with a building complex representing the prestige and power of King Otto's dynasty. Today it is still one of the most iconic places of remembrance of the Greek capital.

The tours offer an acquaintance with the Athenian trilogy and a visit to the neoclassical building of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. The tour duration is about 60' and will be made by Art historians of the Department of History and Archaeology, Michalis Giohalas and Pavlos Gkougiannos, under the scientific supervision of the Associate Professor of History of Art in the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Athens Dimitris Pavlopoulos.

  • Guided tours in Greek language: Every Wednesday 11/7, 18/7, 25/7, 1/8, at 5 p.m.
  • Guided tours in English language: Every Thursday 12/7, 19/7, 26/7, 2/8, at 5 p.m.

Special price ticket (including information leaflet):

adults: 2€

children up to 12 years old, and special categories : 1 €

For reservations, visit the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens site:

For more information you can contact: (+30) 210-36.88.189 

The Museum

The Athens University History Museum is housed in the building known as Kleanthis’ Residence or The Old University. The building dates before the 18th Century, establishing it as one of the very few surviving buildings from the pre-Otto period. It may be identified with a house depicted in a painting of Athens by J. Carrey, who visited the city in 1674 as Charles – Marie - François Olier, Marquis de Nointel’s painter.

The building was purchased in 1831 by Stamatios Kleanthis and Edward Schaubert who were the first to undertake the urban planning of the city of Athens.

From 1837 and for four years the building functioned as the first University of the Independent Greek State. 150 years later, in 1987, its current function was inaugurated.





Monday – Friday: 09.00 -16.00

Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays, except the first Sunday of each month, when the Museum is open from 11.00 until 16.00 with free admission.


Adults: 2 euros

Children aged from 12 to 18 years old: 1 euro

Members of the University of Athens' academic community and students, unemployed citizens FREE


tel.: 210 3689500-510

fax: 210 3689501



For further information concerning the learning programs and guided tours please call: 210 3689502-6.