The Zappeion is a palace-like building in the National Gardens of Athens in the heart of Athens. It is generally used for meetings and ceremonies, both official and private. The cornerstone was laid in 1874. Designed by Danish architect Theophil Hansen, it was finally opened in 1888.

Zappeion was used during the 1896 Summer Olympics as the main fencing hall. A decade later, at the 1906 Intercalated Games, it was used as the Olympic Village. It served as the first host for the organizing committee (ATHOC) for the 2004 Games from 1998 to 1999 and served as the press center during the 2004 games. In 1938, the Athens Radio Station, the country's first national broadcaster, began operating in the premises.





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Founded: 1874-1888
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Greece


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Paw Andersen (18 months ago)
Came past here by chance after a stroll in the national park. A very nice building and a great break from all the ruins.
ivan lee (18 months ago)
A good spot of photo taking. The roads are wide and you can take a good stroll after your meal. Sit by the bench to enjoy the breeze and the fountain. Evening lights would give you the best feel
Miran Sarkissian (19 months ago)
An absolutely terrific architectural feat in Athens. The archaic style opens eyes and heart. One really feels transported to Ancient Athens waiting for Pericles to walk in and begin a debate on politics!
Ian Eastwood (21 months ago)
I found this by accident. It's mainly used for conferences and talks. It's a fantastic building with great architecture. Just outside there's a lovely working fountain. It's clearly used by locals, as you can often see them walking slowly and admiring the various buildings. It's also quite busy for joggers. inside the temperature is lovely and cool on a hot day. For the best photo's, try and get there before 10am as the sun won't be in your camera lens. There's a cafe right next door. I didn't have the time to visit, but it looked very popular with the locals. On you way out - with the Hall on the right, and once you walk through the trees either side of the walkway, I would recommend turning right and walk for about 5 minutes and you will be at Sintagma Square.
Alexander Holyoake (22 months ago)
The gardens and the fountains are nice to walk around, don't be afraid to stick your head round the door and look at the courtyard. There's also a dudes head behind the plaque on the right. Try to ignore the engraved Comic Sans if you can. This is why a star is missing.
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