The Presidential Palace is a three-storey neoclassical building. It is the residence of the President of the Greek Republic.
Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )
1891 Start of construction.
1924 Following the King’s eviction, the building is used for the first time as residence of the President of the Hellenic Republic.
1935 The King is reinstated and the building serves again as palace.
1974 The monarchy is abolished following the fall of the junta and the building officially becomes residence of the President of the Republic.
Ottoman era (1453- 1821)
Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)
Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)
Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)
Classical era (478-323 BC)
Archaic era (800-479 BC)
Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)
Prehistory (-1100 BC)
What I can see
This three-storey neoclassical building is the head office of the President of the Hellenic Republic. It features some eclectic elements and is flanked by two separate wings. The facade is simple and rigorous. The entrance consists of a portico in the Ionian Order, while the upper is adorned with Corinthian columns. The ballroom and the rear wing were added later (1909 and the 60s respectively).
What I can't see
Initially King George the First had commissioned Hansen to build his Piraeus palace. Such an undertaking, however, was considered too expensive, since Greece was insolvent and this would be built with public money. So, later, George I commissioned Ernst Ziller to amend the Hansen design so that the new palace could be built in the royal vegetable gardens’ grounds, ie were the Presidential Palace is currently located. The original purpose of the building was to be inhabited by the heir to the throne. Following a fire at the old palace (the current Parliament) in 1909, the royal family moved temporarily to the new palace, were they eventually settled permanently. The building was designed as to look like that of any rich Athenian family, following the intervention of Queen Sophia, who asked Ziller to avoid giving the building a palace-like character.
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Last visit, 28/10/2013
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