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Ninety years after its construction, the historic building of the Hellenic Foundation of the “Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris” (Paris International Student Residences) reopened its doors and welcomed its first residents on 1 March 2021, following the completion of the facility renovation works. The John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation supported the project of a general renovation of the rooms and common areas of the Hellenic Foundation, along with a number of institutions and other bodies in Greece and abroad. The Hellenic Foundation is now fully upgraded and operational, offering students functional and well-equipped rooms that meet modern safety and accessibility standards along with the necessary environmental specifications. This project included a full upgrade of the electrical and plumbing installations, the ventilation network and the walls, along with the installation of special fire doors, the creation of a tree garden in the outside area, and the supply of furniture specifically designed for the Hellenic Foundation.
The iconic neoclassical building of the Hellenic Foundation is part of the network of the Paris International Student Residences and an important example of 20th century architecture, being a virtual mini version of a classical style Greek temple blended with modern Art Deco references. Located at a multicultural crossroads of nations, the Hellenic Foundation organises conferences, exhibitions, workshops and cultural events, with the aim of bringing together students from all over the world in a space of co-creation and expression. The reopening of the Hellenic Foundation allows it to regain its central role as a vehicle of Hellenism in Paris, contributing to the promotion of Greek culture and the strengthening of Greek-French relations.