Hellenic Parliament House, Athens

Hellenic Parliament House, Athens

The Hellenic Parliament is housed in a historic building that once served as the palace of the Greek Royal Family. Constructed in 1840 by Bavarian architect Friedrich von Gärtner, the neoclassical structure was initially the official residence of King Otto, Greece's first monarch following the end of Turkish occupation, with funding for its construction coming from Otto's father, King Ludwig of Bavaria. After being damaged by a fire in the early 20th century, the Royal Family relocated to a new palace, which now serves as the Presidential Mansion.

With its imposing façade, this stately edifice underwent subsequent renovations to transform it into a suitable parliament house. In 1935, it became the home of the Greek National Assembly and presently accommodates the offices of the Assembly's President, as well as archives and other services. Its western face, towards Syntagma Square, has a Doric portico constructed from Pentelic marble. In front of the building stands the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a memorial honoring all Greeks who have lost their lives in wars.

Tip:
Please be aware that visitors are not permitted to walk on the marble stairs. Access is available only from one side of the palace, providing a view of the beautiful marble walls and floors, as well as the artistic ceiling of the palace. No tour guide is required for this visit.

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Sight Name: Hellenic Parliament House
Sight Location: Athens, Greece (See walking tours in Athens)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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