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Athens Sights

Gennadius Library

  • Souidias 61 Map It
  • Kolonaki
  • Library/Archive

Updated 09/02/2014

Fodor's Review

Book lovers who ascend the grand staircase into the hallowed aura of the Reading Room may have difficulty tearing themselves away from this superb collection of material on Greek subjects, from first editions of Greek classics to the papers of Nobel Laureate poets George Seferis and Odysseus Elytis. The library's collection includes Lord Byron's memorabilia (including a lock of his hair); Heinrich Schliemann's diaries, notebooks, and letters; impressionistic watercolors of Greece by Edward Lear; and the first edition printed in Greek of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. The Gennadius is not a lending library (first-time users, usually scholars, must apply for a library card), but the temporary exhibitions (curated by internationally renowned figures) are always worth a visit.

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Souidias 61, Athens, 10676, Greece

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  • Sept.–June, Mon.–Wed. and Fri. 9–5, Thurs. 9–8, Sat. 9–2; check with reception for special hours during July and Aug.

Updated 09/02/2014


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