This imposing, minimalist building once served as the Royal Palace until 1909, when it was damaged by a fire. Now home to the Hellenic Parliament, the building was erected between 1836 and 1843 for King Otto. Built by Bavarian architect Gurtner, on the outskirts of the city, among the hills of the Acropolis and Lycabettus near the Mesogitiki Gate (Boubounistra). During the years prior to its final completion, the building frequently served as a luxurious, but temporary residence to wealthy and influential Athenians; that is, until the summer of 1843 when the Royal Couple finally moved in.
Following the destructive fires of 1884 and 1909, the Royal Family moved to the Tatoi Palace. Over the next few years, the former palace was put to various uses, until the government of Εl. Venizelos decided to house the Parliament and Senate in the building. Extensive restoration work was performed in order to meet the needs of the legislative bodies, and finally, in 1935, the building was officially signed over to the Parliament. After the Dictatorship of Metaxas, the facility housed various state services, and the Parliament eventually resumed its operations from 1946 until today. Parliament was, however, briefly interrupted during the years of the Junta rule, from 1967 to 1974.
“SYMPOSIUM” was established by Georgios and Emmanouel Roussis. We are a family of artists, a father and his son, who have had a passion for sculpture and, lately, for ancient Greek wine-making. Both Georgios and Emmanouel Roussis studied at the School of Fine Arts in Athens and Florina respectively, at the Department of Sculpture, with a scholarship. They are ordinary members of the Greek Chamber... read more
What do tourists see when they come to Greece? Which side do they know and what they take with them as a memory? Only ancient monuments of a civilization that belongs to all humanity? A tremendous mythology, tradition and history? And their acquaintance with modern Greek creation, what is it exactly? A theater has developed a whole program specifically for the tourist groups (students... read more
Discover ancient Greece on a unique theatrical show with the famous myth of Theseus and Minotaur that will energize all your senses and create memories to be shared. Experience the magic of Love and be part of one of the greatest myth of all time. Discover the famous myth through a journey in time when Gods, Monsters and Heroes walked the earth. Experience and enhance your knowledge about ancient Greece... read more
The Museum of Ancient Greek Technology Kostas Kotsanas, presents a new permanent exhibition space, open from Monday, 8 January 2018, in the heart of Athens, within a small distance from the Hellenic Parliament. In a unique historic Art Nouveau building, Pindarou 6 and Acadimias St. in Kolonaki (which once belonged to the family of Queen Aspasia Manou, wife of Alexander I), with a total area of 700 square... read more
Under the imaginative title “Hold on my beloved pistachio tree” a daily workshop was held in 2008 on the initiative of the residents of Aegina. Serving as a stage for presenting inter alia the valuable experience of Bronte, a pistachio-producing town in Sicily, this event gave rise to the establishment of the famous Fistiki Fest (fistiki stands for pistachio in Greek). Since then, the Fistiki... read more
Located one breath away from Athens, the Saronic Golf Islands have become a popular holiday destination, mostly for the Athenians. Thus, except for tourism, there are hardly any other professional activities developed and namely in the primary sector. The Sorros dairy farm in Aegina, of a family with a long tradition in meat and dairy products, is a shining exception to this rule. Nektarios, the father,... read more