Old Royal Palace

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A view from Queen Amalia Avenue in 2013.
An aerial photograph of the Old Royal Palace from the Hotel Grande Bretagne.

The Old Royal Palace (Greek: Παλαιά Ανάκτορα) is the first Royal Palace of modern Greece, completed in 1843. It houses the Greek Parliament since 1934. The Old Palace is situated at the heart of modern Athens, facing onto the Syntagma Square .

The palace was designed by Bavarian architect Friedrich von Gärtner for King Otto of Greece and his wife, Queen Amalia. Construction work started in 1836 and was completed in 1843.[1] As it served originally as a palace for the Greek monarchs for about a century, it is sometimes still referred to as the "Old Palace". After suffering fire damage in 1909, it entered a long period of renovation. The King and Royal Family moved to what was from 1897 until then the Crown Prince's Palace, from then on known as the "New Palace", one block to the east on Herodou Attikou Street, while some royals continued to reside in the "Old Palace" until 1924, when a referendum abolished the monarchy. The building was then used for many different purposes—functioning as a makeshift hospital, a museum, et al.—until November 1929, when the Government decided that the building would permanently house Parliament. After more extensive renovations, the Senate convened in the "Old Palace" (Παλαιά Ανάκτορα) on 2 August 1934, followed by the Fifth National Assembly on 1 July 1935. Although the monarchy was restored that same year, the building has housed Parliament ever since.

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  1. ^ "Old Palace (today the Greek Parliament)". Contemporary Monuments Database (National Hellenic Research Foundation). Retrieved 10 September 2014. 

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Coordinates: 37°58′31″N 23°44′13″E / 37.97528°N 23.73694°E / 37.97528; 23.73694