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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 Hotel Cybele
Hotel Cybele
7, Kolokotroni & Dagkli str.,Pefki, 15121 Athens, Greece

Hotel Cybele is located in Pefki, just an 11-minute walk from Maroussi Metro Station. Athens city centre is 19 km away and Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" is 28 km away.

Hostel in Athens, Greece Athens International Youth Hostel
7.8 10
Athens International Youth Hostel
16, Victor Hugo str., 10438 Athens, Greece

Athens International Youth Hostel is a friendly, budget hostel located in a quiet residential street, close to the historic center of Athens and just 3 minutes walk from the nearest metro station. The main square of Athens, Syntagma, is at 1.5 km, while the lively Monastiraki Square is at 1.3 km. Plaka, the historic and picturesque part of Athens with narrow cobblestone streets can be reached within a 18-minute walk.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Best Western My Athens Hotel
7.6 10
Best Western My Athens Hotel
3, Keramikou Str., 10437 Athens, Greece

Best Western My Athens Hotel is located in the heart of Athens, only 400 m away from Metaxourgeio Metro Station and within a 20 minute walk of Acropolis, Plaka and Syntagma Square.


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