Our tour starts with a panoramic tour passing by the Greek Parliament, the first Royal Palace of modern Greece and the Presidential Mansion. Then we will drive to the Queen’s Tower, gilded rooms, lush gardens with statues, wine tasting and intoxicating fragrances in a suburban paradise of Western Attica.
|DEPARTURE TIME||Approximately 3:00pm|
|RETURN TIME||Approximately 7:00pm|
Spend an afternoon at the grounds of Pyrgos Vasilissis (or “Queen’s Tower”) in Ilion. The purpose of our visit is to tour the inner workings of one of the most unique (and generally unknown) monuments of Athens’ modern cultural heritage.
Our tour starts with a panoramic tour passing by the Greek Parliament, the first Royal Palace of modern Greece and the Presidential Mansion. Then we will drive to the Queen’s Tower, a former royal estate located west of Athens.
The main reason for the construction of the mini villa with king-size gardens was the creation of a model farm that would help spearhead the improvement and modernization of Greek agriculture and livestock. The estate, which originally covered 30 hectares, passed through various hands until it was acquired by the Greek royal family in 1848.
The imposing Queen’s Tower, designed by the French architect Florimond Boulanger (whose work includes the Old Parliament building in Athens), was unveiled on the birthday of King Ludwig of Bavaria, father of Greece’s King Otto, on 13 August 1854 (Old Style).
The esthetic outcome of the external form of the Tower, the internal frescoes and the disposition give the sense that it is duplicate of Hohenschwangau Castle, the tower where King Otto was born in Bavaria. Despite the difference in size, the two buildings share numerous similarities.
You will have also the opportunity to taste the wine the estate still produce after seeing the enormous oaken barrels for the aging and maturation of the wine and the bottling accessories which are preserved until this very day.