Queen’s Tower

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One of the Greek cap­i­tal’s most over­looked his­toric mon­u­ments, Pyr­gos Vas­silis­sis, or the Queen’s Tower, in the sub­urb of Ilion, is a beau­ti­ful ex­am­ple of Gothic ar­chi­tec­ture built by Queen Amalia in 1854 af­ter the plot was pur­chased from two Bri­tons who wanted to de­velop a model farm. The prop­erty to­day be­longs to the Ser­pieris fam­ily, which wel­comes the public into the beau­ti­ful gar­dens as well the villa – de­signed in­side and out by French ar­chi­tect Fran­cois-Louis-Flo­ri­mond Boulanger (1807-75), who, among other im­por­tant land­marks in Greece, also built what is now known as the Old Par­lia­ment on Sta­diou Street. The premises are also home to the non­profit en­vi­ron­men­tal group Organosi Gi (Or­ga­ni­za­tion Earth), which es­tab­lished the Earth Cen­ter and holds ed­u­ca­tional sem­i­nars. The tours cost 5 eu­ros per per­son, while the site can be reached by car via At­tiki Odos (exit at Junc­tion 7 and then head south to Dimocra­tias Av­enue). Al­ter­na­tively, vis­i­tors can take the Proas­ti­akos sub­ur­ban rail­way to Pyr­gos Vas­silis­sis sta­tion and then take bus A10, B10, 735, B12 or 711. Pyr­gos Vas­silis­sis, 67 Dimocra­tias, Ilion, tel 210.231.3607

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