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the school term 2000-2001, the students of the sixth grade of the
7th and 9th Primary Schools of Eleftherio-Kordelio experienced an
unforgettable educational visit lasting three days. We called it
a 'trip to culture' because it had to do with culture and
acquisition of knowledge and offered us pride of our country and
a lesson of democracy. We took advantage of the fact that the House
of Parliament organises exhibitions in its building due to important
historic anniversaries or in order to honour important personalities
of Hellenism. All these exhibitions are attended by a lot of visitors
and by organised school groups all over Greece as well as by the
Greeks of Diaspora.
about the Building of the House of Parliament and its historical
the grounds that in 2000, 80 years passed since Thrace has been
embodied in Greece, there was an exhibition of various objects
and material with the title 'Thrace 2000-80 years since the embodiment
in Greece'. What was attempted with this exhibition was a tour
to the history of Thrace from the ancient times up to now. The
exhibition that took place in the hall of Eleftherios Venizelos,
was accompanied by audiovisual material, having to do with the
costumes and the daily activities in modern Thrace as well as
the natural environment. At the same time, there was an exhibition
in the Peristylion (a colonnade round the building) of the House
of Parliament with the title 'I travel to the past, I observe
the present, I imagine the future and I draw
'. In this exhibition
208 drawings were exhibited all drawn by the students of the sixth
grade of the schools of Thrace.
visit was arranged for Friday, June 1st. It was a great opportunity
for the students to be acquainted with the building of the House
of Parliament as well as with the ancient monuments in Athens.
Having reached Athens, we settled in a hotel in Omonea and later
on we took the underground to go to Syntagma. (We had the opportunity
to see the underground exhibition of ancient monuments and we
were mainly impressed by the tombs and the skeleton in one of
them). Entering the building you can feel nothing but apprehension
and respect! It is the place where the 300 members of Parliament
meet, take decisions and make laws for all of us.
exhibition for Thrace was really impressive. All children sat
down on the carpet of the hall of Eleftherios-Venizelos and listened
carefully to the guide-archaeologist. Using simple expressions
she gave us information about the history of Thrace and about
the exhibits around us. Later on, the students went around the
hall and took photographs.
the parliament we were allowed to sit down on the seats where
each deputy sits with his/her name on. There, we were informed
about the use of each space of the hall. Some children expressed
their belief that some time in the future they would visit that
place again either as teenaged members of Parliament or as senior
members of the Greek Parliament.
the Parliament we headed for the Syntagma Square where the monument
of the Unknown Soldier stands. We attended the change of the evzones
of the Presidential guard moving with great accuracy and it is
worth saying that the students impressed by what they saw, took
as many photos as they could.