The eventful year 2015 is fast drawing to a conclusion and the unknowns of 2016 await us. At 13:00 today we are closing for our annual Holidays Recess. The Institute’s Office and Library will reopen on Monday, January 4th at 09:00. It should be noted that on Wednesday, January 6th we will be closed for Epiphany.

Only Metaxia, Romanos and I will be guarding the home fires here in Athens, as Jonathan and Amelie are spending the holidays in the UK, Sarah will be in Munich, and Vicki heads back to Ontario for her final semester at Wilfrid Laurier University.

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Ernst Ziller

The German architect Ernst Ziller (1837-1923) is noted for designing over 500 buildings in Athens, Piraeus and elsewhere in Greece. He first came to Greece in 1859 to assist the Danish architect Theophilos Hansen on the Academy of Athens building project financed by Baron Sinas. As with others from northern Europe he quickly fell under the aura of “Classical Greece”. In the course of his long career in Greece from 1869 onward his buildings were the catalyst for the formation of the “Neoclassical Style” in later 19th- and earlier 20th-century Greek architecture.

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66-24B-033: Belevi mausoleum, partly finished Corinthian capital

Belevi mausoleum, partly finished Corinthian capital (Professor Fred Winter, 1966)

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