|Ziller's plan for the extension
to the ballroom
The decision to construct the building which is used today as the
Presidential Mansion was taken in 1868. That year, George I's son,
Constantine, the heir to the throne, was born and the Greek state
decided to present him with a private dwelling, when he came of
age. Twenty one years later when Constantine married Sophia, Princess
of Hohenzollern, the state assigned the planning of "The Crown
Prince's Palace", as the building became known, to Ernst Ziller.
Building began in 1891 and was completed six years later in 1897.
|View of the Mansion
On Christmas Eve 1909 a fire destroyed a large part of the Royal
Palace, with the result that the Crown Prince's Palace was used
temporarily as the residence of the royal family. After the assassination
of George I in 1913 and the accession of Constantine to the throne,
the Crown Prince's Palace finally became the royal residence.
|View of the Presidential
The use of the building as a Palace was interrupted in 1924 when
the monarchy was overthrown and a Republic was declared. It was
then used as the Presidential Mansion until 1935 when the monarchy
was restored and the King returned.
Since 1974, when democracy was restored after a seven year military
dictatorship, the building has been used as the Presidential Mansion
and the residence of the President of the day.