The Parliament was housed in the Old Parliament House, on Stadiou Street, from 1843 to 1854 and again from 1875 to 1932. The current building originally served as a palace for the Greek monarchs. After suffering fire damage in 1909, it entered a long period of renovation. Members of the royal family continued to reside there until 1924, when a referendum abolished the monarchy.
The building was then used for many different purposes — functioning as a makeshift hospital and a museum, among other things — until November 1929, when the government decided that the building would instead house the Parliament.
Although the monarchy was restored in 1935, the building has housed the Parliament ever since. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, guarded by the Evzones of the Presidential Guard, is located in the formal forecourt of the building.
Lycabettus Hill is the highest point of Athens, at almost 277 meters.
Some say it was once a place where wolves wandered (lykoi is the Greek word). Another story relates that while Athena was carrying a hunk of mountain back to the Acropolis to add to her temple there, a bit of bad news disturbed her and she dropped it. The rock she dropped became Lycabettus.
At the top of the hill you will find the Greek whitewashed church of St. George and the viewing platform in front of the church provides sprawling views of Athens, including Acropolis and the Ancient Market.
The National Gardens (formerly The Royal Gardens) is a peaceful, green refuge in the center of the Greek capital. It was laid out from 1838-1860, created by Queen Amalia, the wife of King Othon, and her German gardener Schmidt. It is located directly behind the Greek Parliament building. It has a total area of 160,000 m2. In the National Gardens the visitor will find: a duck pond, a small zoo, a Botanical Museum, a small cafe, and a Children’s Library and playground
In total, it has approximately 7,000 trees and 40,000 bushes. At the same time, the National Gardens comprise an important natural life reserve in Athens as many different species of birds, hedgehogs, turtles, ducks and even bats are gathered here. The National Gardens also enclose a number of ancient ruins, tambours and Corinthian capitals of columns, mosaics. etc. The National Gardens are open to the public from sunrise to sunset and provide a peaceful respite from the center city.
The Zappeion was built in 1878 and donated to the nation by the Zappas brothers from Ipirus. This building was the first to hold an indoor Olympic event, in the 1896 Olympics. Nowadays,it is used as an exhibition hall and for official events so if you are lucky enough you may find something interesting happening. There are park benches and a couple cafes in the area, so it is a nice place to stroll around and take a walk in the center of Athens.