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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  • We are history geeks and this museum did not disappoint. I think I finally understand the anger against the Turks and it has inspired me to read more about it. If you are into armory and guns, they ha...  more »
  • Beautiful and interesting Museum with the report for the A'PP to be an excellent and innovative idea and implementation. Bravo that is not a holiday!
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  • It's the old House of Parliament graco now converted into a Museum, not to be missed during a visit to Athens
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  • Growing up in Athens i came to this area many times and the area was spectacular. But recently when i revisiting this place, the area has changed alot and not for the better. What you see in Athens today is nothing compared to what it used to look like, their was life going on back then. Now The place looks rundown and everywhere looks poor and deserted. Poor Athens i hope it sees better days ahead.
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  • Ochwros is also available for cultural purposes. I've watched eg. tribute to life of Theodoros kolokotronis. Excellent presentation and very endiaferwn shop. especially for schools Is a proposal visit Quite attractive and useful From a historical point of view. The imposing statue of kolokotronis hardly forgotten. .. shows!!! Tomorrow? Maybe. In the surrounding area where the homeless citizens Spend on benches nights contrast direct. .
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  • Syntagma Square, right at the top of this Parliament buildings do not necessarily see. It's a beautiful structure. There is also guarding the guards changing of the guard ceremony. I think it would be an interesting experience
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  • The Old Mansion House is an impressive building on stadiou Street. Is one of the most historical buildings of the city and houses the national history museum. In the square in front of the mansion is the statue of archistratigoy of the 1821 Revolution, Theodoros Kolokotronis. Has easy access from the Metro.
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