National History Museum (Old Parliament), Athens

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The Old Parliament House at Stadiou Street in Athens, housed the Greek Parliament between 1875 and 1935. It now houses the country's National Historical Museum.HistoryThe site was occupied originally by the house of the Athenian magnate and politician, Alexandros Kontostavlos. After Athens became the capital of Greece in 1833, King Otto selected it as temporary residence, pending the construction of the Royal Palace (which houses Parliament currently). In 1835, a large dance and banquet hall was added to the house, and after the 1843 Revolution, which forced King Otto to grant a constitution, the National Assembly convened here. In October 1854, however, the house burned down in a fire. Construction of a new building then began in August 1858, with the foundation laid by Queen Amalia, on plans by French architect François Boulanger. Construction was halted the next year due to lack of funds, and not restarted until after Otto was deposed in 1863; the plans were then modified by the Greek architect Panagiotis Kalkos, and construction was complete by 1871. During the interim, Parliament had been housed on the back of the square in a brick building, hastily erected in 1863, which became colloquially known as "the Shanty" (η Παράγκα).
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  • Historical Museum in the old Parliament. The exposition covers the period from the fall of Constantinople until the second world war. If you really are not familiar with the history of the new Greece (our case), you can get some idea about it. In addition there are several rooms dedicated to folk costume and the daily 19 century. On the second floor of the exhibition's cute about Greece took place during the first world war. Almost no artifacts but issued by all modern standards as in the best museums of the world. If you came for a long time and already watched the most basic place, feel free to visit. The inspection will take an hour and a half.
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  • Museum exhibit highlights the most tragic time in the life of Greece, when he seized on its territory first by the French, and then by the Turks. The museum displays folk fashion and utensils, weapons, banners, artwork, and personal effects of historical figures and other items.
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  • It was interesting. They exhibited the different costumes women wore. Women from different classes. The jewelry worn that would decorate the type of dress they wore. There was like a little 'throne' w...  more »
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  • Masterpiece, a reference point in Athens, now operates as a museum worth visiting!
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  • The old palace, and the House of Athens. Maria Zygomala.
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  • Very nice, trimmed. The modern history of Greece.
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  • Has your Museum visit. It's interesting like classic building whopping!
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