Zappeion Megaron Conference and Exhibition Center, or just Zappeion, is one of the most significant building in Athens and one of the oldest venues for cultural and scientific events in Greece.
Located in the center of Athens, the Zappeion Exhibition Hall is surrounded by some of the most important buildings in Athens, such as the Parliament building, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; the Maximou Palace, which is the official residence of the Prime Minister; the Foreign Ministry, and other public buildings. Nearby are the National Gardens and, opposite, on the side of the Ardittos Hill, the Panathinaic Stadium; Hadrian's Arch and the ancient Temple of the Olympian Zeus.
The Zappeion Megaron is a part of national heritage of Greek civilization, designed by T. Hansen (1874-1888). Evangelis Zappas, a Greek patriot and benefactor from North Epirus, envisaged the rebirth of the spirit of ancient Greece and devoted his life to the revival of the Olympic Games and the promotion of the Αrts. Zappeion has been an active part of Greece's history and that of Hellenism, for the last 130 years. Cultural events of great importance take place within the precinct. The Olympia(d) and Bequests Committee, not only highlights the historical milestones related to the Olympic activities, but also to those related to the cultural identity of Greece in general.
The Zappeion Gardens are surrounded by the streets Irodou Attikou, Vasileos Konstantinou, Vasilissis Olgas, and Vasilissis Amalias and the National Gardens. The Zappeion Gardens are comprised of:
83.000 square meters of planted area (soft surfaces)
41.000 square meters of paved surfaces
2400 square meters of atriums and patios
The surrounding area of Zappeion is adorned with a multitude of statues, reflecting upon Greece’s modern history.