The Central school is situated in Athens, the capital of Greece, a city with almost 4.000.000 inhabitants.
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.
Since September 2017 we have moved to a very nice new building, which is situated on 25 Mavrommateon street, in the center of Athens. It is a neoclassical building, which was built in 1918 and therefore has its 100th birthday this year. The building has been the house of a wealthy Athenian family, that is why it has many remarkable architectural elements.
Opposite our building there is Pedion tou Areos park, which is one of the biggest public forests of Athens. The park was designed in 1934 to honor the Heroes of the Greek Revolution of 1821, that is why it is decorated with marble statues of 21 heroes along the so called “1821 Heroes street”. The park covers an area of 277 acres. A statue of the equestrian king Constantine the 1st is situated on the park’s entrance, while on its side by Alexandras avenue there is an obelisk of the goddess Athena.
Our building has a small garden in front of it, but our students also have the chance to take a walk inside Pedion tou Areos park.
The building has three floors (I, A, B). Teaching classrooms are situated on the ground floor and on the second floor. More specifically:
-on the ground floor there are the following classrooms: I1, I2, I3, I4 and I5. The classroom I1 is used as a fine arts laboratory, while the classroom I5 is used as a dance workshop. In I3 there is a small library of psychology books. All of these classrooms are mainly used by the Psychology Department of British Hellenic.
-on the second floor there are the following classrooms: B1, B2, B3, B4 and B5. Our school’s lessons usually take place in these classes.
-on the first floor there are the offices of the General Manager, the Manager of the Psychology Department, the Head of Marketing of the British Hellenic, the Communication Officer, the Accountant, as well as the library.
Water coolers can be found in every floor, while toilets are situated on the ground and the second floor.
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.