Friday 9 December 2022

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre

I have been looking forward to visiting this building ever since I saw Monty Don feature it on one of his TV programmes.

Stavros Niarchos was an incredibly rich shipping magnate who died in 1996, but his name lives on in his foundation which sponsors and funds numerous projects in Greece.

This one is a fantastic centre that houses the national library and opera house underneath an artificial hill that is covered in a beautiful garden on a slope that is full of Mediterranean plants.

We admired it in the daylight, but at this time of year it comes alive after dark.

Around the garden are lighting installations, and in this one the lights twinkle in time with strange music as you stand underneath and look up at it.

The main building also lights up amongst the plants and is open until midnight every day.

There is also a lake with dancing fountains, which is always a favourite of ours.

It wasn't the best that we have seen, but still very nice.

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