Explore a unique and rather unknown monument of modern Athenian cultural heritage, the Queen’s Tower or Pyrgos Vasilissis (as it is known in Greek), a suburban paradise in western Athens with lush gardens, vineyards, olive groves, and an impressive neo-gothic tower building that was used as a country retreat for Greece’s first king, Otto von Wittelsbach and his spouse, Queen Amalia.
The Queen’s passion for trees and nature brought to life this beautiful estate that served as a model farm for the improvement of Greece’s agricultural and livestock production. Queen Amalia, renowned for exploring the city on foot or horseback, was enchanted by the area during one of her strolls in 1848 and convinced King Otto to purchase it and turn it into a farm. She also wanted to build a hill to bring to seven the number of vantage points on her newly acquired expanse, and in 1854 she built her tower on her seventh hill, which also gave the area the name Eptalofos or Seven Hills.
The Queen’s tower, an emblem of idealized romantic architecture, was constructed between 1851 and 1854 and was inspired by Bavaria’s Hohenschwangau Castle, where King Otto was born. It remains untouched over the years, casting an almost fairy-tale light with its decorative towers and turrets and its landscaped gardens adorned with statues and fountains.
Today Queen Amalia’s estate has been transformed into a modern organic vineyard estate and winery, with vineyards, olive groves, fruit trees, organic vegetable gardens, and horse stables.
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