INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF CHRISTIAN-ORTHODOX THEOLOGY (2020)

PREMISES & ACCESS

MONDAY, MAY 4th 2020 - DAY 1 - OPENING CEREMONY OF THE CONGRESS

The Great Hall of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, that is the first Greek Institution of Higher Education, is located in the “Main Building” of the University, Propylaea (Panepistimiou St. 30), one of the oldest neo-classical buildings of the city of Athens.  The “Main Builiding” together with the Academy of Athens and the National Library compose the so called “Neo-classical Trilogy”. It was built under the supervision of the German engineer Edward Schaubert, following the plan created by the Danish architect Christian Hansen. The paintings of the building were designed by the Austrian artist Karl Rahl and executed by painter Eduard Lebiedski.  In 1846, generous contributions by Greeks abroad together with a state subsidy allowed the construction of the Great Hall to begin.  The works were completed in 1851 and its frescos were painted by Karl Rahl’s students. Nowadays, the Great Hall of the University hosts the official university ceremonies, scientific and cultural events as well as conferences organized by the Institution throughout the academic year.  Furthermore, following specific university regulations, the Great Hall is also available for events organized by non-university organizations.

  • ACCESS: "PANEPISTIMIO" Metro Station (Red Line) / Buses: 220, 221, 235, 608, 622 / Trolleybuses: 3, 5.
 

 

TUESDAY 5, WEDNESDAY 6, FRIDAY 8 & SATURDAY 9 MAY 2020 - DAYS 2-3,5-6 - MAIN SESSIONS & PARALLEL WORKSHOPS

With a history of over two centuries, containing more than one million books and magazines, and a host of handwritten codices dating from the 9th to the 19th centuries, the National Library of Greece is the custodian of the Greek literary heritage, bridging the past, the present and the future.

The 18m tall Book Castle is situated in the lobby area of the National Library of Greece. Built as a 20m sided square, it reaches the top of the building, including four levels of balconies and bookcases accommodating the NLG collections. A multi-purpose venue, ideal for lectures, concerts and various activities for all ages, is situated at the ground level of this iconic structure. 

SATURDAY 9 ΜAY 2020 - DAY 6 - CLOSING CEREMONY (CONCLUSIONS - VISIONS FOR THE FUTURE - SOUVENIRS)

The Byzantine and Christian Museum, which is based in Athens, is one of Greece’s national museums. Its areas of competency are centred on – but not limited to – religious artefacts of the Early Christian, Byzantine, Medieval, post-Byzantine and later periods which it exhibits, but also acquires, receives, preserves, conserves, records, documents, researches, studies, publishes and raises awareness of. The museum has over 25,000 artefacts in its possession. The artefacts date from between the 3rd and 20th century AD, and their provenance encompasses the entire Greek world, as well as regions in which Hellenism flourished. The size and range of the collections and value of the exhibits makes the Museum a veritable treasury of Byzantine and post-Byzantine art and culture.

Address: 22 Vas. Sofias Ave., 106 75 Athens
Calling center-Information: 213 213 9517
Communication Office: 213 213 9583, 213 213 9511
info.bma@culture.gr
Access: Map

 

SYNDAY 10 MAY 2020 - DAY 7 - COMPLETION OF THE CONGRESS

At the heart of Athens, at Metropoleos street, and on the square with the same name, is the cathedral church of the city of Athens and one of the first large monuments of Athens as the capital of Greece. The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Annunciation is the cathedral church of the Archbishop of Athens and all Greece. Construction of the Cathedral began on Christmas Day, 1842, with the laying of the cornerstone by King Othon and Queen Amalia.  On May 21, 1862, the completed Cathedral was dedicated to the Annunciation of the Mother of God,  and since then it proved to be a landmark in the history of the modern Greek state, as it hosted all the official religious ceremonies.  Architecturally the church belongs to the type of three-aisle domed basilica and is a combination of the neoclassical and the Greek-Byzantine style, as a result of the changes that occurred in the plans during its construction. The church’s interior is decorated with works of well-known artists of the 19th century. The wall paintings are the work of by the painters Spyridon Giallinas and Alexander Seitz, the decoration by Konstantinos Fanellis from Smyrna, while the sculptures are the work of Georgios Fytalis from the Cycladic island of Tinos. Three architects and 20 years later, the Metropolis was complete. At an underground crypt in the interior of the church, inside a marble reliquary, is the shrine of the Patriarch Gregory V and that of Agia Filothei of Athens. Following the earthquake of 1999, the cathedral suffered extensive damage and is underwent a major renovation.