The Zappeion is stunning building complex beside the National Gardens, is used as a Conference and Exhibition Center. In 1869, the Greek Parliament approved the building works for the Olympic Games & Olympic Village, but its benefactor Evangelos Zappas, did not live long enough to see it completed.
The area around the Zappeion is a great place for a walk around and enjoy the beautiful gardens around the area.
The building looks, for all the world, like a capital building, something from which many of our state capitol buildings were designed and, despite its ancient-looking architecture it was only built in the mid 19th Century. For a lot of the time it was there, it was not used the way the designer had in mind. It was supposed to be an exhibition hall to display Greek culture and its artifacts after so many years of occupation by the Ottomans. During the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, it was a fencing hall. A few years later, they used it for an Olympic village. From the 1930s to the 1970s, it was the site of Greece's first radio station. During World War II, it was used as a hospital and a barracks. There was talk after the war of tearing the whole thing down. They renovated it in 1960 and I hear they renovated it some more in order to spruce up the town before the 2004 Olympic games. Even though it isn't as ancient as it looks and it was used for a lot of things, the Zappeion has become a major landmark in Athens.
Zappeion Megaron designed by the architect Theofil Hansen and built in 1874-1888. In recent years this Congress and Exhibition Hall has witnessed some of the most important moments in this country's modern history: European leaders'summits, election day results and political announcements. It also houese art exhibitions and concerts are given here.
The Zappeion is a building in the National Gardens of Athens in the heart of Athens, Greece. It is generally used for meetings and ceremonies, both official and private.
Built in 1888, this exhibit hall is now used for temporary exhibits. The hall sits between the Zappeio gardens and the National Gardens.
The Zappeion is a large building built in the 19th century which is now used as a conference hall. In front of it we saw a group of guard doing some sort of practice.