ZáppionAthens, Greece, 10557 Lovelist
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The building has had a turbulent history, but no less so than the uses to which it was put. Rarely did it fulfill its initial purpose, and indeed it remained closed and deserted for years.
During the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, the fencing events were hosted in its circular atrium; during the second International Olympic Games in 1906, the lack of infrastructure and facilities led to its being used as the "Olympic Village".
In addition, starting in 1936 and for the next 40 years, it hosted the country's first state radio station. In 1940 it was converted into a hospital; the following year it was commandeered by the German occupation army after which it became a storehouse and later a barracks (1944). It was even bombed during the same year.
After the war, the possibility was discussed of demolishing it. Fortunately, in 1960, general repairs were carried out under the supervision of architects A. Ploumistos and F. Panagiotopoulos. The most recent renovation was carried out in connection with the Olympic Games of 2004 which were held in Athens.
The Zappeion Exhibition Hall has witnessed the history of Athens for the past 120 years. It has been a key site for some of the nation's most significant moments, and has always been integrally linked to the Olympic Movement. Even though its uses were varied, it has become a landmark in the Greek capital, thus fulfilling the donor's initial wishes.
Apart from the conference rooms (with translation systems in 9 foreign languages) there are also luxurious reception areas, providing wi-fi internet connection (speed up to 24 Mbps), capability of telephone and fax support, security and control systems (fire, electricity provision, alarm, internal and external television circuit), modern areas of hygiene and other facilities systems.
For the telecommunications center we must note that there is already infrastructure and operation of tele-photographs and telephone lines unit for long-distance and overseas calls. Their operation is available upon request from renters of the space for conferences and exhibitions.
There is also the possibility of obtaining additional telephone apparatuses for local and long-distance calls in every room of the Zappeion Exhibition Hall.