the Entrance Hall of the Presidential Mansion, the President of the
Republic welcomes his guests during official receptions and visits.
Constructed of white Pendelicon marble and flanked by solid Ionic
columns, the entrance is discreetly lit through a large square skylight
which allows abundant natural light to enter. An interesting feature
of the Hall is the use by Ziller of imitation marble on the walls.
To the right and left of the main entrance are busts of our national
poets, Dionysios Solomos, and Angelos Sikelianos, the work of the
sculptors S.Triantis and T.Apartis respectively.
wide marble staircase which leads to the first floor branches out
into two symmetrical parts on the landing. On the first floor, both
the columns which surround it and the decorative door frames are
built in the Corinthian order.
The wall opposite the landing is dominated by a painting by the
artist George B. Scott. Painted in 1914, it depicts King Constantine
I as a victorious army commander on horseback. Scott has encircled
the main subject with a wide laurel wreath and the inscriptions
Yannina, Yannitsa, Sarantaporo, Beles, Kilkis and Lahanas, place
names which bring to mind the great victories of the Greek army
in the Balkan wars of 1912-13.