The expanded space of the National Gallery has been hailed as a success by three art experts who have visited the venue since it reopened to the public on May 14 after undergoing major renovation work.


The downtown Athens former residence of famed Bavarian architect Ernst Ziller, who designed some of the Greek capital’s greatest 19th century landmarks, will open to the public for the first time on International Museum Day, Tuesday, the Culture Ministry has announced.


At 1 p.m., there were very few visitors at the Goulandris Museum in the Athens suburb of Pangrati. The personnel very courteous, all at their posts, but the public could be counted on the fingers of one hand.


A woman visits the Parthenon Hall of the Acropolis Museum, as museums open following the easing of measures against the spread of the coronavirus disease, a day before the official opening of the tourism season, in Athens, Friday.

Visitors look at the Parthenon Sculptures collection at the British Museum in London, in a photo taken last year. [EPA]

The fragments of the Parthenon sculptures that are exhibited in the British Museum have made headlines again, after an interview with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in which he expressed his objection to the sculptures’ repatriation.


The final touches are being put on the National Gallery ahead of its partial relaunch for the March 25 anniversary of Greece’s 1821 War of Independence with an exhibition on the historic event.

A handout photo made available by the Greek Prime Minister's office shows Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (C) guiding by National Gallery Director Marina Lampraki-Plaka (2-R) and Culture minister Lina Mendoni (R), at the  National Gallery, in Athens, Greece, 20 March 2021. [Dimitris Papamitsos/EPA/Handout

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis visited the new, expanded building of the National Gallery in Athens on Saturday, to inspect progress in the extensive overhaul that has more than doubled its space compared to the old building.


While their country faced a deep financial crisis from early 2009 to late 2018, an increasing number of Greek historians started seeking out the truths buried in their history and the milestone that is the 1821 Greek War of Independence.