- In 1856 visionary Evangelos Zappas had the idea to build a center suitable for hosting exhibitions and cultural events and some years later the Zappeion was constructed in neoclassical style with a Corinthian portico with surrounding gardens following strict geometric French models. In 1896 the building was used as a venue to host fencing events at the First Olympic Games and subsequently many important events took place on the grounds. Following extensive renovations competed only recently, the building is being used to host notable international events. Its architectural features are detailed and beautiful especially the peristyle atrium.
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