Ernst Ziller

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Ernst Ziller
Ernst Ziller, portrait (vers 1880).jpg
Portrait of Ernst Ziller (c. 1880)
Ernst Moritz Theodor Ziller

(1837-06-22)June 22, 1837
Serkowitz, Radebeul, Saxony, Germany
DiedNovember 4, 1923(1923-11-04) (aged 86)
Athens, Greece
NationalityGerman, Greek
Other namesΕρνέστος Τσίλλερ (Ernestos Tsiller)
Alma materDresden Academy of Fine Arts
SpouseSophia Doudou-Ziller
ChildrenIosifina Dimas-Ziller (1885-1965)
Ernst Ziller's plan for the extension to the ballroom of the crown prince's palace in Athens (Presidential Mansion).

Ernst Moritz Theodor Ziller (Greek: Ερνέστος Τσίλλερ, Ernestos Tsiller; 22 June 1837 – 4 November 1923) was a German-born university teacher and architect who later became a Greek national. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, he was a major designer of royal and municipal buildings in Athens, Patras, and other Greek cities.[1][2]


Ziller was born in the rural community of Serkowitz in the district of Radebeul in Saxony. After graduating from the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts in 1858, he went to work for Danish architect Theophilus Hansen. In 1861, Hansen sent him to Athens. In 1872 he was appointed a professor at the Royal School of Arts, now National Technical University of Athens. He was married to a Greek wife, Sofia Doudou-Ziller. His daughter Iosifina Dimas-Ziller (1885-1965) was an impressionist painter.

In 1885, he designed a three-story mansion where his family resided until 1912. Now known as the Ziller mansion, the residence was later acquired by Greek banker Dionysios P. Loverdos (1878–1934). Ziller died in Athens and was buried at the First Cemetery of Athens.[3][4][5][6]

List of buildings[edit]

Hotels "Megas Alexandros" and "Bakeion", Omonoia Square.
Transfiguration of Jesus (Metamorfosis Sotiros) Church in Vilia, West Attica.
Ermoupolis City Hall.
The marble fountain at Syntagma Square, Athens (1872).

Below is a list of buildings designed by Ernst Ziller.



  • Transfiguration of Jesus church in Vilia, West Attica
  • Royal palace in Tatoi



  • Municipal Market of Argos





  • Archaeological Museum of Pyrgos (old Municipal Market)
  • Municipal Theater of Pyrgos
  • Old City Hall
  • Railway station of Pyrgos




Architectural supervision[edit]



  1. ^ "The Architect Ernst Ziller". Archived from the original on June 8, 2020. Retrieved November 1, 2019.
  2. ^ Alexandra Koroxenidis. "Ernst Ziller's magnificent architecture". Retrieved November 1, 2019.
  3. ^ "Theophilus Edvard Hansen, 1813-91, Arkitekt". Dansk biografisk Lexikon. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  4. ^ "Ernst Ziller biography". Archived from the original on March 10, 2007. Retrieved November 1, 2019.
  5. ^ Ernst Ziller. "The Importance of Being Ernst". Retrieved November 1, 2019.
  6. ^ "Ziller-Loverdos mansion was fully restored and opened to public". Retrieved November 1, 2019.[permanent dead link]

Other sources[edit]

  • Friedbert Ficker (2003). Ernst Ziller – ein sächsischer Architekt und Bauforscher in Griechenland: Die Familie Ziller Taschenbuc. Allgäu: Der Kunstverlag Josef Fink. ISBN 978-3898700764. (in German)

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