Athens, Greece | historical, family, walking
Travel through history and leagues in the company of royalty as you explore the stately heritage of modern Greece. Discover the secrets of royal Athens and savour a fresh look at the most classical of cities.
Development and implementation of experiential tourism project on modern Greek history. Athens Cultural Heritage Tourism Cluster: Museum of the City of Athens, Wonderlab, Clio Muse
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FIT FOR A KING
Out with the old
The royal household was equipped with furniture and appliances from France at a staggering cost of 350,000 drachmas. There were magnificent frescoes, marble staircases, and gilded mirrors. Following Otto’s expulsion in 1862, the new king and queen (George and Olga) embarked on a major redecoration project. The frescoes were covered with heavy fabrics, the old furniture was put in storage and new pieces were purchased from local retailers or manufactured by the royal carpenters. Contemporary fashion demanded that the palace resembles an upper middle-class household, a common trend across Europe.
The most corrupt referendum…ever!
In 1935, Georgios Kondylis took power and decided to call for a referendum to re-establish the monarchy. There was no effort to maintain even a semblance of fairness. Those who voted in favour of the king’s return cast a blue piece of paper in the ballot box, while the opposite side cast a red piece of paper. Those who cast a red paper could be beaten up. The monarchy received 97.88% of the vote, an implausibly high percentage given the fact that many major parties abstained from the process. In addition, the final tally revealed that more than 300,000 additional voters had somehow cast a ballot compared to the last fair elections held just two years earlier.
A ROYAL LANDSCAPE
Amalia was determined to enrich the Royal Garden with a bewildering variety of exotic plants. The queen of Spain sent rose bushes from Granada, the Ottoman sultan made valuable gifts from his personal garden, while Muhammad Ali, the viceroy of Egypt, delighted Amalia with his gift of palm trees. In the autumn of 1851 the empress of Brazil, Dona Teresa Cristina, sent to Amalia 75 evergreen trees and shrubs. The plants arrived in Piraeus almost two months after their departure from Brazil. An amazed Amalia noted that ``distances are now eliminated.``