Netherlands Residence | Private Collection TourAthens, Greece
Netherlands embassy in Athens
Netherlands Residence Private Collection Tour is an indoor self-guided audio walking tour by Netherlands embassy in Athens.
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 by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, available by invitation only.
By clicking "Add to cart", you are purchasing this tour in English. This tour is also available in the following languages: Ελληνικά.
1. House of PhoebusThe house known as “The House of Phoebus” was built in-between the years 1910 and 1913 as a Neoclassical structure, and was remodeled c.1918 with Beaux-Art features. It was acquired by the Dutch state in 1920.
2. Front façadeThe “House of Phoebus” is one of the finest examples of early 20th-century homes in Athens. The general character of this two-story building is in harmony with Athenian townhouses constructed before prestressed concrete.
3. Entrance HallThe Entrance Hall is definitely the residence’s most impressive room, combining a sumptuous ornamentation with rigorously classicizing monumentality.
Location: The Royal Quarter
House of PhoebusThe 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.
Front façadeThe 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
Entrance HallDesigned 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.
Netherlands embassy in Athens
The Netherlands Embassy in Greece has designed its premises according to the "Het Nieuwe Werken" concept; a new way of working that fosters creativity and cooperation among the staff.
Why take a self-guided tour?
This is a self-guided tour based on the award-winning storytelling concept developed by Clio Muse and the fascinating narratives prepared by our handpicked destination experts.
You can enjoy each multilingual tour by using your smartphone or tablet at your own pace even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step-by-step as you explore all points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of our signature stories allowing you to tailor the tour experience to your personal interests and schedule.
After downloading Clio Muse app, you can access this tour and activate it any moment you wish and also repeat it any time. To best enjoy our multimedia self-guided tour (comprising maps, video, audio and text) we recommend the use of headphones.