Walking in the Zappeion Megaron gardens

by Penny BroJacquie

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Photo by Konrad Zielinski

The Zappeion is actually a building in the National Gardens of Athens but Athenians use to call Zappeion the whole area. It’s situated in the heart of Athens and the main builing is generally used for meetings and ceremonies while the outside area is a popular meeting point.

The Zappeion was the first building to be erected specifically for the first Olympic Games in the modern world, that were held in Athens in 1896. It was designed by Danish architect Theophil Hansen and it was named after its benefactor, Evangelos Zappas.

It is surrounded by some of the most important buildings in Athens, such as the Parliament building and the official residence of the Prime Minister (Maximou Palace). It’s is also opposite the Panathinaic Stadium (also known as the Kallimarmaro) – the stadium that hosted the 1896 Olympic Games.

Photo source: http://www.aeglizappiou.gr/lallabai.html

The historic restaurant Aegli is located in the Zappion Gardens. Over the decades Aegli became an Athenian landmark and a common rendezvous point for social and intellectual gatherings with a unique view of the Acropolis.

Click here to see the slideshow I’ve created

Check the Google map for the location

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=zappeion&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Zappeion,+Athens,+Greece&sqi=2&t=m&z=14&vpsrc=0&ll=37.970485,23.735062&output=embed
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The following song was very popular during the Greek Belle Époque and the lyrics is about a man astonished by a blonde young girl he saw while walking in Zappeion Gardens.

Zappeion Center official website:

http://www.zappeion.gr/en/index.asp

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