"The Parliament" Syntagma Square - Parliament Tip by janbeeu
Syntagma Square - Parliament, Athens: 79 reviews and 148 photos
When first built in 1843, today?s Parliament building (the Vouli) was designed as an imposing palace for imported and unwanted King Otto Wittlesbach, a 17 year old Bavarian prince and son of King Ludwig of Bavaria. King Ludwig ran out of money and the Bavarian state architect, Friedrich von Gartner, complained that the resulting structure, without his proposed but unaffordable decorative embellishment, looked like an army barracks. The building is a representative sample of the early period of Neoclassicism in Greece, and it is a work of strict geometry in its mass.
The Palace had 365 rooms and 1 bathroom whose water faucets produced a trickle of water, dead cockroaches and fauna. The whole of today?s Syntagma Square was the front lawn of the palace with which Otto's bride, Queen Amalia concerned herself with. Initially the Greek public was admitted into the gardens but the Queen felt this privilege was being abused and banned their entry. The ostentatious palace and luxuriant gardens stirred up resentment with the Greek populace. Further the Queen, in order to water the plants, diverted several reservoirs which supplied residents with drinking water. Otto was deposed in 1862 and King George I of Denmark replaced him.
The Palace was remodelled in 1910 to house the Hellenic Parliament.. Today, it still serves as the seat of the Hellenic Parliament and houses offices, the National Assembly Room, the office of the president of the Assembly, the Archives and other services.
Address: Syntagma Square
Directions: Metro station: Syntagma
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