The Zappeion Gardens are surrounded by the streets Irodou Attikou, Vasileos Konstantinou, Vasilissis Olgas, and Vasilissis Amalias and the National Gardens. The Zappeion Gardens are comprised of:
* 83.000 square meters of planted area
* 41.000 square meters of paved surfaces
* 2400 square meters of atriums and patios
The hills of Ardittos and Agras which surround the Panathinaic Stadium, are also controlled and maintained by the Olympia and Bequests Committee. The hills are woodlands of approximately 70.000 square meters. In 1907, the Panathinaic Stadium, the property of the Olympia and Bequests Committee, was rendered to the Olympic Games Committee (today's Greek Olympic Committee) for its' use.
The first trees in the Zappeion Gardens were planted in 1857. The architect Theodore Hansen, while revising the drawings for the Zappeion Exhibition Hall, also designed the layout of the gardens. According to architectural historian Constantine E. Biris, the design was executed by the French Architect Desire Matton incorporating some changes.
The Zappeion Gardens, initially in French geometrical style, were later redesigned in the free curved lines of the English garden. The planting was supervised by the Athenian agriculturist Antionios Schmitt, son of the Bavarian chief-gardener of the King's Garden Frederik Schmitt.
The wish of Evangelis Zappas was to bring out the beauty of the idyllic and historical landscape of the Ilissos riverside area. Initially almost 200 plane trees were planted together with several eucalyptus. The irrigation of the gardens was established in 1932 by the American company Ulen, then responsible for the construction of the Marathon Dam. To commemorate the inauguration of the Dam, Ulen donated the impressive fountain at the centre of the garden square in front of the Zappeion Exhibition Hall. The distinguished sculptor G. Dimitriades completed the decoration of the gardens with waterworks, statues and cast-iron lamp-posts. more
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carper (96) 2010-01-09 0:40
very nice one Vasilis
a good scene here, a well taken shot, good perspective, fine balance, a good photo with a good note. have a good weekend.
isabela_sor (47265) 2010-01-09 0:41
A perfect postcard!
Symmetry in composition and nice frame
Have a nice weekend
mesutilgim (67888) 2010-01-09 2:15
Good morning Vasilis,
Nice pov nice symmetrical geometry.
A capture with bright nice colors and many hidden beauties. Very good and usefull notes as well.
TFS and best regarda
Have a nice weekend
PixelTerror (0) 2010-01-09 2:18
Nice palace, the thin clouds and winter light deliver a different impression from what we're used to from Greece, less intense and much softer
Have a nice day JY
DRAKOLIMNH (1224) 2010-01-09 3:15
πολύ ωραία φωτογραφία με ωραίο πρώτο πλάνο και background,
gildasjan (38166) 2010-01-09 3:56
La composition centrée convient parfaitement pour ce type d'image.Belle architecture sous ce bleu ciel.
bema (25936) 2010-01-09 4:21
really an impressive building and a nice look from this good pov.. like the springtime-colors..
have a fine weekeend, greetings Bernd
Budapestman (82620) 2010-01-09 4:42
a very spectacular photo of this elegant and beautiful place with attractive symmetrical composition, the colours and lights are very nice, Tfs! Have a nice Weekend!
saxo042 (31792) 2010-01-09 9:09
It is quite incredible to see these beautiful summerlike colours, although your photo is taken 29th of December! A good POV and colours!
COSTANTINO (42744) 2010-01-09 11:11
Gia sou Vassili
Entipossiaki gonia lipssis ,entipossiakes ke i
plirofories pou diavassa ke thimithika polla
Ta louloudia kanou tin diafora,hromata ke aromata
kalo sou Vradi
lousat (57542) 2010-01-09 15:47
Hi Vasilis,a perfect postcard...the best point of view ,great sharpness and warm colors as you like...the best way to show us these interestings gardens.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano
npecanhuk (53861) 2010-01-09 17:08
Very interesting and beautiful picture!
Sharpness, exposure, pov, dof, colors and composition are excellent! I love the contrast among the plants and flowers, the architectural details and the sky, regarding colors, brightness, textures and shapes!
The visual result of all that is quite attractive!
TFS - congratulations!
Dashab (2562) 2010-01-10 5:03
What a lovely symmetrical composition, creating a nice perspective that leads us to the building. A nice winter light and excellent colours. Oh, and it is so nice to see flowers! We have about 25 cm of snow!
Have a nice week,
pablominto (53744) 2010-01-10 23:48
The flower arrangement makes a fine foreground for the view to the majestic building!
A well balanced composition with a symmetrical feeling and good depth, and the fine light renders vivid colours...
hardyuno (4646) 2010-01-12 10:52
Kalispera Vasilis, again
i like the symmetry in this picture and also the colours and depth. The flowers in the FG are very good for the whole composition. fine done
swiatopelk777 (0) 2010-01-14 1:20
Excellent garden. Amazing architecture. Good long perspective. Perfect exposure. Nice frame.
Greetings from Warszawa!
macjake (39207) 2010-01-21 14:21
you've really been able to show us the vastness of these gardens. great choice of composition, as its also very symmetrical. the colours are contrasted smartly too.
i like this way of creating depth.
- Copyright: Vasilis Protopapas (vasilpro) (40172)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-12-29
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D90, Nikon AF-S VR 18-105mm f/3.5 - 5.6G ED, HOYA 67mm HD Circular Polarize
- Exposure: f/13.0, 1/640 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Athens - Pireaus (Attica prefecture) [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-01-09 0:38