Zappeion -Exhibition and Conference Centre
Trip Start Apr 24, 2011
79Trip End Ongoing
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ZAPPEION – Conference and Exhibition Centre
I leave behind the Temple of Zeus and I cross the busy road. I am heading towards the impressive Zappeion Exhibition and Conference Centre of Athens. It is just next to the National Garden which I am to go afterwards.
The neoclassical mansion was financed by Evangelos Zappas and is inherent with modern Greek history.
The mansion was designed by the Danish architect T. Hansen
The impressive mansion bears the architecture of the neoclassical style as I mentioned above with its propylon in Corinthian style. The surrounding gardens were the picture of Athens in the early 20th century.
It includes about 25 rooms. The building was used in the Olympic Games in 1896 for the fencing championships, and again during the Olympics of 2004 was a press and events centre.
Historical events took place here with paramount the historic signing of the Treaty of Accession to the European Union, and it is the press centre in all General Elections.
"The small parliament" this is how it used to be called by some people and this because the round area of its premises was the meeting point of many elderly Athenians who were discussing the hot political subject of the day.
It is indeed very impressive and I am sure you agree with me.