newly-elected archbishops present their credentials to the President
on taking office and swearing-in ceremonies for small groups of
ministers and other officials take place. It is next to the Visitors'
Lounge and was formerly the sitting room of the royal family. In
Ziller's original plans the salon was called "the family room".
In the last few years it has become known as the Byzantine Salon
because of its decoration with Byzantine icons, its furniture and
the objects displayed in glass cases.
of the icons which adorn its walls are of the Eptanisa School and
depict, seated on thrones, Christ and the Virgin Mary holding the
infant Jesus, respectively. The icon depicting Saints Constantine
and Helen comes from Veroia and the triptych next to the display
cases is nineteenth century. In the display cases are silver and
gold plated crosses with carved wooden centres, hammered silver
thuribles and sprinklers with inlaid decoration. The icons, as well
as the marvellous examples of the skill of eighteenth and nineteenth
century silversmiths, are on loan from the Byzantine Museum, the
National Gallery and the Benaki Museum.
of the furniture in this room is 19th century and comes from Istanbul,
reproductions of Byzantine furniture similar to that depicted in
the small portable icons and the religious paintings of the period.