Athens, Greece

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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Hans Solo (29 days ago)
Zappeion is a magnificent gem in the heart of Athens. This historic building and garden complex are a true testament to Greece's rich cultural heritage. The architecture is stunning, and the well-maintained gardens provide a tranquil escape from the bustling city. Whether you're here for a leisurely stroll, to admire the neoclassical beauty, or attending an event, Zappeion offers a unique and serene experience. A must-visit for anyone exploring Athens.
Sassa Asplund (3 months ago)
I was there for the Art Festival and thought it was all amazing!!! Such a beautiful building! Perfect for expositions!
Craig Childress Johnson (4 months ago)
I was just wandering around in the National gardens to the east of the Acropolis and came across this imposing edifice. Apparently, it is used as an event venue. The main entry door was unlocked, so I was able to see the rather elegant entry hall containing many elements of classical architecture. What I saw made for grand photos. I would imagine a formal dinner in here would be a delightful experience.
Enjoying the Days (7 months ago)
We went to Zappeion Hall for a dinner event, and it was certainly a unique experience. The columns loomed above us as we entered, and the entry hall was designed with much detail. The event itself was incredible, with entertainment throughout the evening. The hall was pretty and was large enough to host our group of several hundred people.
QUENTIN MOUCHET (8 months ago)
I went to see this monument at night, in the early evening. I had the monument to myself, I was alone here. It was very nice not to see anyone, no tourists. The pictures speak for themselves, it was incredible. I think there are a lot of people during the day, but in the evening: you will be alone. So I recommend!
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