Athens, Greece | gallery, visual art | invitation only
The Netherlands ambassadorial residence, also known as “House of Phoebus” is a neoclassical building with Beaux-Arts elements. The application allows visitors to discover the adventurous history of the building, the people behind its construction, its carved wooden door, as well as the unique artwork decorating its walls. This is a private collection and may only be visited with the permission of the Netherlands Embassy in Greece.
This is a private collection by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, available by invitation only.
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HOUSE OF PHOEBUS
Location: The Royal Quarter
The Dutch Residence is situated in one of the most upscale neighborhoods of Athens, known as Anaktora (Royal Quarter). The Royal Quarter takes its name from the Crown Prince Palace built in 1891 in the neoclassical style by architect Ernst Ziller for Crown Prince Constantine and his wife, Sophie of Prussia. The Royal Quarter is studded with a succession of significant buildings spanning distinct historical periods and architectural styles. These include the ruins of Aristotle’s philosophical school, the Duchess of Plaisance mansion - a romanticist structure now housing the Byzantine Museum, the Officers’ Club - built in the Beaux-Arts style, the Athens Conservatory - an influential example of the international style in Athens, and finally the Presidential Palace and Prime Minister’s Office - built in the neoclassical style.
The mansion’s neoclassical façade stretches almost 22 meters (72' feet). The marble frame of the central entrance features a bust of Apollo and a laurel leaf garland. In the middle of the façade, one can see the classical central balcony supported by marble corbels. The second story displays Corinthian pilasters, and architraves framing the windows, as well as dentil molding, modillions, and ceramic antefixes along the roof lines. These visual references to classical times were more than aesthetic choices, they were meant to suggest connections between the modern Greek nation and ancient Greece.
The Grand Staircase
Designed by the architect Ioannis Mousis, at the request of Antonios Α. Embirikos, the Grand Staircase is a magnificent example of the Beaux-Arts style where dramatic spaces were of paramount importance. Notable features of this grandiose composition are the balustrade with its intricate pattern of acanthus leaves and the two marble ionic columns.