The heart of present day Athens is fashionable Plateia Syntagmatos which lies below the imposing mass of the Old Royal Palace. Plateia Syntagmatos, which translated means Constitution Square, commemorates the constitution granted by Othon I in a proclamation from the balcony of the Palace on the night of 3rd September 1843.
The OLD ROYAL PALACE, which since 1935 has housed the Parliament, was designed as the residence of King Othon, at his own and his father’s expense, by the Bavarian architect Friedrich Garther and built between 1834 and 1842.
At the foot of the west facade of the Old Palace is a large square bounded on three sides by walls on which, in evocation of the ancient custom of hanging the victor’s shield in the temple, are set bronze shields flanked by the names of the many victories won by Hellenic arms since National Independence. Built into the center of the retaining wall is the TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER, a relief impressive in its simplicity, which depicts a dying hoplite. This work is by the sculptors Constantinos Demetriades (1881-1943) and Phokion Rok (1886-1942), and was unveiled on 25th March (National Independence Day) 1932.
South of Plateia Syntagmatos lies Leophoros Amalias, which is so called after King Othon’s consort, who, with the horticulturist Friedrich Schmiedt, created the delectable retreat adjoining the Old Royal Palace that we know today as the NATIONAL GARDEN. The National Garden is open daily from sunrise to sunset and the shade of its multitudinous trees provides a cool and peaceful oasis in the heart of the city.
On the east side of the Garden are the busts of Capodistrias and Jean-Gabriel Eynard, a great Swiss philhellene who donated large sums of money to the cause of Greek Independence. Both these busts are the work of the famous Pelopennesian loannis Kossos. Other busts in the National Garden are those of three leading Greek poets of the 19th century: Dionysius Solomos of Zante, who is considered the national poet; Aristotle Valaoritis, also a native of the Ionian Islands, and Jean Moreas, which was the nom-de-plume of loannis Papadiamantopoulos, an Athenian who lived the greater part of his life in Paris.
Contiguous to the National Garden is a large public park called ZAPPEION after the brothers Evangelos and Constantinos Zappas of Epirus, who donated it with its splendid exhibition hall to the Nation. On either side of the entrance to the exhibition hall stand statues of the donors, that of Evangelos by loannis Kossos; that of Constantinos by Georgios Vroutos. Among the many pieces of statuary by famous sculptors is the bust of loannis Varvakis by the master Leonidas Drossis. Varvakis is best known as the founder of the renowned boys’ school, the Lykeion Varvakeion, for the endowment of which he bequeathed his huge fortune. Other busts include those of Constantinos Paparrighopoulos, the greatest historian of Modern Greece, of Stephan Dragoumis, the most prominent political personality during the Macedonian struggle (1903-1909), and of George Souris, the leading satirical poet of his times.
A short distance from Plateia Syntagmatos, on the right of Odhos Panepistimiou, we come to a Renaissance edifice of Italian inspiration. This is the NUMISMATIC MUSEUM, which contains a rich collection of Greek, Roman and Byzantine coins, cameos and seal-stones. Built by the noted architect Erst Ziller in 1878, it was the private residence of the illustrious archaeologist Henry Schliemann.
Still keeping on the right-hand side we come to a five-storeyed building situated at the corner of this street and Odhos Omirou. Here are the premises of the ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY, built entirely in marble. The classical motif of the magnificent bronze door with its richly painted and gilded surround and the ceiling coffered in a delicate blue and gold deserve the greatest admiration. Besides creating the first National Archaeological Museum the Society, which was founded in 1837, has excavated sites all over the country.
Immediately after the Archaeological Society’s premises stands the ROMAN CATHOLIC CATHEDRAL. As the Latin inscription shows, the cathedral was begun in 1853, completed in 1887, and dedicated to St. Dionysius Areopagite. It is a three-naved basilica designed by Leo von Klenze (1784-1864), Bavarian Court architect and master-plan ner of modern Athens, and built under the direction of Lysander Kaftanzoglou (1811-1885), the outstanding Greek architect of the period.
Adjoining this edifice is the OPHTHALMIC HOSPITAL, a Byzantine-style construction designed by Theophil Hansen (1813-1891, the younger of two Danish brothers, both distinguished architects), in 1847, and completed by Lysander Kaftanzoglou four years later.
Just beyond the Ophthalmic Hospital is an ensemble of neo-Classical buildings: on the right the Academy, in the middle the University, and on the left the National Library. All three were gifts to the Nation from wealthy patriots; they are the most sumptuous monuments of Modern Greece.
The HELLENIC ACADEMY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, a meticulously accurate reproduction of an edifice of the Classical period erected in the graceful Ionic order by Theophil Hansen at the expense of Baron Georgios Sinas, was begun in 1859 and completed in 1875.
The nine sculptured pediments and all the statues before the Academy are the work of the Athenian master Leonidas Drossis. The relief in the central pediment, which portrays The Birth of Athena, and the two gigantic statues of Apollo (right) and Athena (left) standing on tall columns, one on either side of the principal facade, are particularly impressive. The seated figures flanking the short flight of steps leading to the portico represent the philosophers Socrates (right) and Plato (left).
The portico consists of a double row of columns. The coffered ceiling is painted in bright blue and gold and the door opening into the vestibule has a surround of classical inspiration executed in brilliant color and gilding. A statue of the donor Baron Sinas stands on the right of the vestibule, while the interior of the Academy Hall is decorated with eight superb panels by the Oldenburg painter Christian Griepenkerl (1839-1916), depicting scenes from the Myth of Prometheus.
Visitors to the University will be surprised to see a statue of William Ewart Gladstone, standing on the right of the lawn surrounding the forecourt. The dedication on the plinth of this statue immortalizes the prominent part played by the great British statesman in the deliverance of Epirus and Thessaly from Turkish oppression, and their return to the Motherland in 1881.
The statues at the top of the steps leading to the entrance commemorate the great philologist Korais (1748-1833), ardent patriot and “father” of the Modern Greek literary language (right), and Capodistrias (1776-1831), first Head of State (1827-1831) and one of the major architects of modern Greece.
The UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS was founded in 1836, and was initially established in a large house which Schaubert and Cleanthes had built in Plaka (the old quarter of Athens) when they first came to Athens in 1831. This building, at the corner of Odhos Prytaneiou and Odhos Tholou, is still standing and is converted into a museum devoted to the earlier history of the University. The present University buildings were designed by Christian Hansen and the foundation stone laid by King Othon in 1839. The central building was ready for use in 1842, but owing to lack of funds, the buildings as a whole were not completed until 1850.
A colonnade with a handsome portico in Pentelic marble fronted by two Ionic columns with gilded capitals, and a coffered ceiling in blue and gold in harmony with the classical motif of a painted and gilded door surround, gives access to the interior of the main building.
On the upper part of the wall a fresco by the celebrated Austrian painter Karl Rahl (1812-1865) shows the resurgence of arts and sciences under King Othon. Statues of two national heroes, Patriarch Grigorios and the martyred poet Rhigas Pheraios, stand respectively at the right and left angles of the facade.
The NATIONAL LIBRARY, which is built of Pentelic marble on a foundation of poros, consists of a central building in the form of a Doric temple, with two wings. It was planned by Theophil Hansen in 1887 and the work executed under the supervision of Ernst Ziller, at the expense of the Valianos brothers of Cephalonia in 1901. A statue of one of these munificent benefactors, Panayis, stands outside the central building, and those of his two brothers Andreas and Maris inside the entrance hall. All three statues are the work of Georgios Bonanos.
The eminent philologist Andreas Moustoxidis on the island of Aegina formed the nucleus of the Library in 1827. The books were brought to Athens in 1833 and stored in the beautiful church of St. Eleutherius (the “Little Cathedral”). In 1842 they were removed to the first floor of the central building of the University – which had just been completed – where they remained until the National Library was inaugurated in 1903.
In recent years many fine nineteenth century buildings have been demolished and unimaginative concrete structures built on the sites, so that with the exception of the Ionian Bank of Greece on one corner of Odhos Pezmazoglou and the former buildings of the Arsakeion College for Girls (founded in 1836) on the other corner over the Doric portico, built at the expense of Apostolos Arsakis of Epirus in 1848, nothing remains of the splendid buildings that once lined both sides of this street of central Athens.
Continuing along Odhos Panepistimiou for a short distance, we turn right into Odhos Patission. A few hundred meters further down, on our right, stands a construction in the finest Pentelic marble, in which two educational institutions of University status are established: The POLYTECHNIC SCHOOL (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Naval, Chemical and Mining Engineering, Architecture, and Topography) and the SUPERIOR SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS (Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Engraving, etc.). Two wings in the Doric order serve as propylaea to the central building of two storeys, the lower erected in the Doric order, the upper in Ionic. This edifice is the work of Lysander Kaftanzoglou, who built it between 1862 and 1880, and owes its name -METSOVION POLYTECHNEION- to the fact that the principal donors Nicholaos Stournaras, Michalis Tositsas and his widow Helen, were natives of Metsovo in Epirus.
Points to Put Into Consideration When Choosing a Kitchen Remodeling Contractor
Kitchen is one of the most critical areas that every home has. Every person dreams of having a good well-maintained kitchen. For you to maintain your kitchen in a good condition, it is advisable to remodel the kitchen once in a while. It is very challenging to choose one contractor to help you in your kitchen remodeling among the many contractors that are there in the market. The following points should help you to choose a kit hen remodeling contractor.
The first thing that you should consider when choosing a kitchen remodeling contractor is the experience that the contractor has in this kind of work. Choose a contractor that is familiar with this work of kitchen remodeling. You will also be able to know whether the contractor has experience in kitchen remodeling basing in the number of the years that he has been in this field. Look for the one that has many years of work assuring quality services. To avoid poor quality remodeling services, choose an experienced remodeling kitchen contractor.
The other point that you should consider when choosing a kitchen remodeling contractor is the price of the services that the contractor is offering. Choose a contractor who is offering his services at an affordable cost. Although quality services are expensive it does not me that you cannot get quality services at a lower cost. It is therefore very helpful to compare the cost of services of different contractors in relation to the quality of the services before making your decision.
When choosing a kitchen remodeling contractor, consider the reputation of the contractor. Hire a reputable contractor who will be in a position to do an excellent job. From the work that the contractor has done before, you will be able to know whether he is reputable or not. Listening to people’s reviews and recommendations will help you to understand the contractor’s reputation. If the contractor is getting more positive reviews and recommendations, it means that he is able to offer quality services.
The last point that you should consider when choosing a modeling kitchen contractor is whether the contractor’s availability is assured. A good contractor is the one who is available any time you need them. There is no need of having a good remodeling contractor who is not there to offer services when needed. It requires you to be keen when choosing a contractor to be sure of quality services any time that you need them. The above-discussed are some of the points that you should put into consideration when choosing a good kitchen remodeling contractor that will assure quality services.
How To Have Fun And Be In A Relationship
It is possible for fun and relationship to go together only if you know how to handle your relationship, relationships are not only about being serious but there are also times that both you will be having fun. You really have to think about having fun because being in a relationship does not always mean that you will be serious because you have to have fun to be able to have a relationship in the first place. But the key to enjoying life and having fun is that you really have to think about it happening naturally, you can’t force anything because that will go out like something fake. This will be very tiring if you will force yourself to do something that won’t really make you enjoy and that will be no longer natural that is why it is important to be able to express your feelings truthfully. If you are not having fun with your relationship then that is not a relationship at all, it is important that you have fun with someone you can be yourself with.
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It is important that you express every bit of love you have for the person because it will be hard if you keep those feelings lock inside that is why you should really be able to have fun if you are able to make your partner happy as well. Hesitating to tell your partner everything is really normal but it can cause some mischief that is why it would be better if you tell her or him the truth directly and express what you feel so that both of you can work it out. Trust is the most valuable foundation in a relationship that is why you should show that person that you can be trusted. You have to dig deep in your memory, being serious in a relationship is one thing but it is not always about that thing, you should remember the moments when you had those days when you and your partner were smiling. You have to consider your feelings as well, you are simply telling the truth and there is no wrong to that.
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You have been in a love relationship for long and now wanted to let her know that you want to spend your whole life with her, but not getting a perfect moment or a perfect way to express your desire of being together forever.The longer you stay in a relationship, the more you get to know your partner and the more you get used to his or her habits, the more you will have the courage to get married, accepting the flaws and expressing the feelings are the first step and once they are all done, you can now be happy eternally. having this one will really help you get a happy relationship with your partner that is why if ever you are doubting, always remember that you can talk it out with your partner because you have been together for a long time and talking things out will really help releasing the tension that is inside you.
Being in a relationship is not easy and it is not hard as well, all you have to do is consider both feelings so that you will have a better understanding.
Home Jobs: Favorable Part Time Jobs And Work From Home Business
Employees are now recognizing the hard work ethic and are going to find their liked suitable home jobs.It is truly said that one has to be very practical for what one wants to do. Work from home opportunities have been reviewed & recommended, and they have been increasing in the market today. Such home business are almost unique to the home based jobs as many school students and secondary students compared to others have started off with it.Everyone wants to earn a pocket-size amount of money with flexibility, and for this, many works from home alternatives are sought by people. May be one has been thinking how nice it would be to quit a twelve hour day job to work from the comfort of the home. A dynamic home business also includes a well-maintained home office. Work at home jobs and are which can be performed sitting at home.
Work from home jobs are currently available free of cost. Here is the reality of a free work from home business opportunity.But think about this for a minute, if everything is free, how is anyone making money and that is the rub. So is your goal to make a bunch of money, or to make a bunch of friends? If you want to make money, you need to sell products.
To make money on the Internet you need to invest time and money, and you also need to develop skills. What you lack in skills, and in time, you can make up for with money and what you lack in money and skills you can make up for by investing time. Work from home can also be termed as part-time jobs by doing work at home. This folk plunge into home based jobs for earning a well-mannered amount for their living. To work for home jobs with efficiency, one must have a high level of self-motivation as well as confidence in your work quality.
Nowadays, a lot many people are looking for a variety of resources for screening ideas on how to make extra money. The expenses of day-to-day life have increased so much that one has to struggle hard to make two ends meet and the people prefer to earn a good amount to live a hale and hearty life. Some are interested to take up home jobs which depend on their skills, talents so that they can proficiently complete their tasks. The trick to become fortunate in home based jobs is to find the right opening amongst many money making opportunities that are obtainable.
The important thing is to come up with a precise and fruitful source that will fulfill the financial needs. One can duly feel satisfied with work at home and consider it as the best opportunity.
Why So Many Companies Hire Outside Help for Their Plastic Injection Molding Despite the fact that you have plenty of great materials you can choose between when you want to develop a new product idea, there are plenty of excellent reasons that most companies will turn to plastic to make just about anything they’re imaging. When you realize how many different shapes you can get out of plastic molding without having to spend much money, it becomes a lot easier to understand what so many companies see in plastic. You’re going to find that plastic is the ideal material for making any kind of product that you want to sell for a low price. Of course, you’ll have to think about a lot of different investments if you want to be capable of producing your own plastic products. This is why most smaller companies will instead avoid having to purchase any kind of infrastructure at all when they can. An alternative to setting up your own type of plastic injection molding system is to hire a company that can do all the work of bringing your products to market for you. If you would like to learn a little bit more about how to pick the right kind of company to provide you with this service, make sure to check out the post below. In general, you’ll tend to find that the best way to pick out a plastic injection molding company will be whether or not they will be able to get your entire order completed in the amount of time that you give them. There are a lot of different ways to go about ensuring you get the kind of manufacturing service that can deliver on-time, but reviews will typically be the best way to get the information you need. Once you’ve managed to find the sort of company that can deliver the products you need without much delay, you will be able to move your products to the consumer faster.
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Another area to consider when dealing with production is what sorts of plastic injection molding costs there are. Although you’re obviously going to have to pay a fair price to get the right kind of quality, there is no doubt that you can find some savings if you know where to look.
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Once you’ve been able to shop around and see what kinds of deals you can secure, it should be much easier for you to get your products made without going broke. For those who want to make some truly revolutionary products, you can find plenty of plastic injection molding services to turn to.
MERITS OF RESTAURANT POS.
Evaluating the best Point Of Sale (POS) system for a restaurant business can prove to be a difficult task even if you are a tech savvy. Maximization is the objective for all business men. Many vendors offer various POS systems in the market, and a business proprietor faces the dynamic of choosing the system which suits his operational requirements.
In the past days, you could do almost everything by yourself in a restaurant for instance; you maintain cash sales register and at the same time make communication with cooks in the kitchen. Thanks to technology changes because every move is straightforward and automatic. POS system has features that make it stand out in cost reduction and business expansion, and a majority of companies are taking advantage of this so as to propel their businesses without much fuss. The restaurant service providers know well the benefits of thorough and extensive research, and they also know the type of queries that they need to ask to get the best system that suits their restaurant. The points below will help as a restaurant owner to determine the best POS system for your business.
Be versatile and open to option – Do not be fixed in your thinking and open up your mind for options. Technology is transforming quite fast; therefore, you should pick a POS company famous in the market for implementing upgrades and giving quick solutions that are flexible and open to allow for a seamless incorporation of new technology in the future. You should know how to go about it. You can ask a POS vendor about the integration tools for connecting a POS with systems to the central office or with third party applications.
Labor and food price controls – A Restaurant POS software should have the ability to make follow ups on the number of hours a staff works, pay levels and multiple jobs. The POS also needs to have work planning and income forecasting methods for determining income together with staffing needs for meeting your labor requirements. The system should have a schedule which indicates the business volume which you should be expecting with regards to day and time basis and even go on to group them inform of eat in, carry out or delivery. It is possible to use this system to minimize costs which are as a result of wastage. Proper cost reduction strategies and inventory control are vital to maximizing profits. The vendor of POS should be in a position to explain to you how the system can help in reducing labor cost and food cost and if possible, show you some client examples.
Precision in analysis and reporting – It is crucial to have your figures at your fingertips. The system that you should adopt should have the ability to give you any information that you need promptly. Reliable information is a critical element in making an informed decision. Do not forget to ask the vendor the ease of getting information from the system. The vendor should explain to the process exhaustively so that you find it easy when you operate it.
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Easy Ways to Secure Your Database One of the threats that businesses face on a daily basis is database security. When your database is compromised, your company’s important information and data can be stolen by third parties. Given the important information and applications that database hold, their security is paramount. Moreover, if people have different permission levels when accessing your databases, there should be a way to monitor and track any changes done. Across all industries, policies and regulations have been put in place to secure database applications. For example, companies that allow customers to pay for goods or services using credit cards have to ensure the customers’ information is encrypted and secure from unauthorized access. Deployment of high-level database security has become a primary requirement in any organization that is operating online and handles sensitive data. However, in spite of all database security advances, breaches still happen. According to a recent report by a top security firm, nearly 90 percent of database intrusions cases go unnoticed. Security breaches and outages are usually as a result of a database being compromised. Serious losses are bound to be incurred by companies whose databases contain sensitive data. For example, imagine when the data of a proprietary product is accessed by a third party! Such a company can incur millions or billions of dollars in losses if they lose their product blueprints, and later find them in the underground data market.
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With all the negatives of database breaches and security compromises, it makes sense to prioritize your database security. You can streamline compliance and maintain database security by adoption some best practices.
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Reduce Server Security Exposure Before installing your database, it is important to know the steps to take to improve its security. To begin, make sure you are only installing components that are necessary for the database. Also, secure the access of the database by using a different password than the one used to log into the server. If you use one account that has admin privileges on the server and other applications, you will be risking the security of your database. If a third party gains access to the login credentials of an account with extended privileges, the results can be disastrous. Another tip you can use to secure your database is not to use the default settings. For instance, after installing the database, rename or disable the default account or change the default settings. You can further improve the security of the database by changing the default settings of some server instances. For instance, you should change the port number allocated to the database during the installation. Disabling and hiding default browser or server settings will also go a long way in improving your database security. The above is an overview of how to secure your database.
Guide to Choosing a Home Alarm System Keeping your home safe is one of the priorities you need to think about at any time. Your loved ones and property should be safe when at home. To improve the security of your home, there are various home security systems you can install. For example, you can install CCTV cameras or alarms. You should determine the kind of protection you want at home before starting to search for a security system. The security systems in the market are designed to offer various kinds of protection. For example, if you want to watch an area, you can install a CCTV camera. To get notified for a security intrusion of breach, you will need an alarm. When you want to buy home security systems, you will have to choose from a wide variety available in the market. Thus, it is important to research well to determine the right one to install. You should consider various factors when analyzing the potential systems you may want for your home. For example, you should consider the customer service offered by the provider, cost of the system, features available and quality of services.
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There are three key elements to keep in mind to know the best system to buy. Monitoring, type of installation available and home automation options are the things to be considered. Monitoring refers to the communication available between the security system and the monitoring center. Installation refers to the method that will be used to install the system. Some systems are DIYs and hence you can install them on your own while for others, you will need professional help. Finally, some security systems may allow you to control various home items part from the security equipment, and this is what is referred to as home automation.
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Monitoring Options It is important to choose a home security system that can communicate effectively with the monitoring center 24/7. 24/7 communication ability is important in case you get an emergency. A system may be designed to communicate to the monitoring center through landline, cellular or broadband. What Installation Options are Available? You can either buy a DIY system or get one that will have to be installed by a certified alarm installer. Other companies only allow one or the other. DIY home security systems can be installed without the need of any professional help. You will not incur extra expenses of calling an installer to your home to set up the system. Home Automation Home automation allows you to remotely arm or disarm things like small appliances, thermostat and lighting in your home. Some systems allow you to remotely view pre-recorded of live video surveillance.
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