Athens, Attica, Greece - Jan 29, 2021: The marble fountain in front of the Zappeion Hall neoclassical building in the National Garden of Athens near Syntagma Square. People relaxing under the sun; Shutterstock ID 1965705790; your: Erin Lenczycki; gl: 65050; netsuite: Digital; full: POI

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Syntagma & Plaka

The southwestern third of the green space at the centre of Athens, adjacent to the National Garden, is a network of wide, tree-shaded walkways around the grand Zappeio Hall. The main entrances are on Leoforos Vasilissis Amalias and Leoforos Vasilissis Olgas.

A pleasant cafe, restaurant and the open-air Aegli Cinema are alongside the hall.

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