Athens won the award of Cultural City of the World
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Athens won the award of Cultural City of the World

Athens ● 30 September 2017
 

Athens was named "Emerging Cultural City of the Year" for 2017 at the Leading Culture Destinations Award in London on Friday. This is a great distinction for the Greek capital as these awards are considered as the "Oscars" of museums. Athens was lauded for managing to maintain a thriving cultural scene despite the country’s protracted financial crisis.

The award was received by Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis. “Our city is attractive, safe and open to innovation,” he said, adding that Athens is ready to host new cultural events. Kaminis also said that Athens had been bestowed another great distinction by being declared as UNESCO’S World Book Capital for 2018, beginning in April.



Athens is a top cultural destination in Europe as it is the crossroads between East and West. One of the main characteristics of the Greek capital is its long and rich history that is combined with multiple periods. Athens has a creative multicultural character, a unique aura, which attracts every visitor with the variety of different sites. In Athens, you can admire the route through history, the development of Greece from antiquity to the modern times. Athens Center is a living legend, a place where you can walk around for hours being bewitched by a journey in culture, art and history.

But Athens is not only its history and especially its ancient part that can be admired in the numerous archaeological sites and the significant museums in Athens. Athens has a vivid art scene, which impresses everyone and has as a result this top distinction. Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center hosts a variety of events and performances. Opera productions, theatre performances, musicals, concerts, ballets and multimedia art programs have found their home and can offer the Athenians as well as the travellers in Athens amazing und unforgettable moments of culture and inspiration.

Moreover, Athenian art galleries have something unique to offer. For the lovers of contemporary art, take place in Athens significant art exhibitions in galleries, exhibition venues and museums, which host the work of visionary, new talents.

An important reason for the award of Athens was also Documenta 14, the cultural event that began from Germany and this year, came also to Athens and lasted from 8th April until 16th July 2017. Extending over the city in more than 40 different public institutions, squares, cinema, university locations and libraries, it has shown works from 160 international artists.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Athens, Greece Olympion
8.6 10
Olympion
10, Lorentzou Mavili str., 13671 Athens, Greece

Located 100 m from the suburban station of Kato Acharnes, connecting to Athens city centre.#El. Venizelos International Airport is 35 km away from the hotel.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Alma Hotel
6.8 10
Alma Hotel
5, Dorou str., 10432 Athens, Greece

Alma Hotel is located in the centre of Athens, just a 2-minute walk from Omonoia Metro Station, offering easy access to Athens Railway Station and Piraeus Port.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Lotus Center
9 10
Lotus Center
95, Ermou Str., 10555 Athens, Greece

Lotus Center is located in the heart of Athens, in Monastiraki area, 20m from the metro station. These luxury apartments are fully renovated in 2016 and offer easy and quick access to all the attractions of Athens. The world-renowned Acropolis is at 1 km. Athens International Airport is at 45 km.


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