Athens opens out toward the sea with new cultural infrastructure on the way

By Dimitris Rigopoulos – Kathimerini Major changes are in store for Athens if the stated intention of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation to fund two high-profile cultural venues on the old hippodrome site bears fruit. Building new homes for the National Library and National Opera at the Faliron Delta in a culture park of international standards will have wide-ranging impact. The creation of a massive new hub for entertainment, recreation and culture on the city’s seafront will alter balances that have shaped the city for almost two centuries. The Culture Ministry announced last Wednesday that the new buildings in Faliron are to be included in a broader network of cultural sites, the most significant of which are the former royal estate at Tatoi, the Acropole Pallas Hotel on Patission Street and the Tsaousoglou factory on Pireos Avenue.

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