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Pallis Mansion

The Pallis Mansion is a building of eclectic architecture at Syntagma Square.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

    1840 The original two- storey house was built.

    1910 The four-storey building we see today, had been completed until the following year.

    1991 Listed by the ministry of environment.

    2005 Listed by the ministry of culture.

    2006 Facades were restored, but the interventions in the interior were very intense.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1821)

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)

  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)

  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)

  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)

  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)

  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)

What I can see

This mansion is a sample of late (French) neoclassicism with many eclectic (neo-baroque) elements, and considered very excessive by many architects. This neo-baroque style is a morphological expression which, according to them, is opposed to the neo-classicism that predominated in the 19th century.

What I can't see

The building does not exist in its original form. In the 19th century, it was a two-storey residence of Pallis family, and its present form is of the early 20th century. Before World War II, it had been used as the ministry of transport and in the post-war era, it hosted technical schools, the Branch of Macedonian-Thrace Bank, and Dionysos café, an actor’s haunt in the 1960s. Designed by Anastasios Metaxas, it is one of the first buildings that used reinforced concrete, and it is the only preserved pre-war building of Syntagma Square. Immediately after the liberation of Athens from the Germans, Prime Minister of Greece Georgios Papandreou spoke from its balcony.


  • Address: 1 Karagiorgi Servias & Filellinon St.


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Last visit 21/11/2017

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Last visit 21/11/2017