he Central school is situated in Athens, the capital of Greece, a city with almost 4.000.000 inhabitants.
The School is in the city centre, next to the Archaelogical Museum, 50 metres from the park “Pedio tou Areos”, 200 metres from the Underground station and next to many bus and trolleybus terminals.
Athens is a charming city, during all seasons and days. The choices for the visitors and our students are many, including visits to Museums and walks at Acropolis and the Ancient Market, as well as going for a coffee or a meal and enjoying themselves in a modern or traditional Greek restaurant or a bar, until the early hours.
he School is surrounded by the two most dominant hills of the city: the Acropolis hill – with the Parthenon, a masterpiece of architecture – and Lycabettus hill with the church of St. Georgios on top.
There are hundreds of restaurants, bars and cafeterias near the School. The busiest places of Athens, like Plaka, Psiri, Theisio and Kolonaki are accessible on foot.
he School’s convenient location gives the opportunity to the students to access easily all the public means of transport and be in the centre of city life.
The school’s building is a neoclassical one with 6 floors, built in 1938. The building has been characterized us “preservable” by the Municipality of Athens. From the 6th floor the view is spectacular to Acropolis and to Lycabettus.
The building has 10 classrooms, a computer lab, a design studio, a dancing hall, a library, a cafeteria etc. A free internet connection is available to all students (WIFI). They can also practice, using our own educational material in printed form and our educational software (multimedia cd).
On the first floor there are the reception and the offices of staff and teachers of the school.
he School of Greek Language & Culture shares the same building with British – Hellenic College.
Monuments in Athens
The Acropolis of Athens and its monuments are universal symbols of the classical spirit and civilization and form the greatest architectural and artistic complex bequeathed by Greek Antiquity to the world. In the second half of the fifth century bc, Athens, following the victory against the Persians and the establishment of democracy, took a leading position amongst the other city-states of the ancient world. In the age that followed, as thought and art flourished, an exceptional group of artists put into effect the ambitious plans of Athenian statesman Pericles and, under the inspired guidance of the sculptor Pheidias, transformed the rocky hill into a unique monument of thought and the arts. The most important monuments were built during that time: the Parthenon, built by Ictinus, the Erechtheon, the Propylaea, the monumental entrance to the Acropolis, designed by Mnesicles and the small temple Athena Nike.
The Plaka is the oldest section of Athens. Most of the streets have been closed to automobile traffic, though you should still keep a watchful eye for a speeding motorcycle or delivery truck. At one time it was the nightclub district, but most of these closed down when the government outlawed amplified music in the neighborhood in the seventies in an effort to get rid of undesirables. The strategy was very successful and it is now an area of restaurants, Jewelry stores tourist shops, and cafes. Though it is quite commercialized it is still a neighborhood and arguably the nicest neighborhood in central Athens. Most of the restaurants are typical tourist places but the quality of food is not bad in some of them and if you follow my leads in the restaurant section of this guide you should have a few enjoyable evenings and not be unpleasantly surprised by the bill or wake up with a gastro-intestinal disorder on the day you were supposed to visit the Acropolis.
The Zappeion is a building in the National Gardens of Athens in the heart of Athens, Greece. It is generally used for meetings and ceremonies, both official and private.
The hill is a tourist destination and can be ascended by the Lycabettus Funicular, a funicular railway which climbs the hill from a lower terminus at Kolonaki (The railway station can be found at Aristippou street). Lycabettus appears in various legends. Popular stories suggest it was once the refuge of wolves, (lycos in Greek), which is possibly the origin of its name (means “the one [the hill] that is walked by wolves”). Mythologically, Lycabettus is credited to Athena, who created it when she dropped a limestone mountain she had been carrying from the Pallene peninsula for the construction of the Acropolis after the box holding Erichthonius was opened.