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Sygros Estate History

   Sygrou Estate

   is a place

   with a multiple  character.

It is legacy of the national benefactor Ifigenia A. Sygros which is a public donation, the base of a historic institution of modern and contemporary Greek agriculture, education and training area. It also promotes sports activities and contact with the Attic  landscape and environment.
Sygros Estate has offered archaeological findings which even reach to prehistoric times.
The value of the area is determined by its position that stands between two historic settlements of Athens, Amaroussion and  Kifisia. Sygros Estate is found in the foothill of Penteli. It is surrounded by natural springs and lush vegetation. The  Mediterranean pine wood is the dominant tree in the entire area.

 

The first owner of the Estate seems to be the British archaeologist Stin, who intented to perform excavations. After the end of the excavations, Stin sold the Estate to the fellow - also archaeologist- Will. A. Sygros around 1875, the same year that he married Ifigenia. The Estate was actually the surrounding area of A. Sygros villa and had a lot of facilities and outhouses (houses for workers, stables, hackstand, oil press, flour mill). The most important facilities that surviving still today are the dairy farm and a small chappel that is devoted to this chappel.

St. Andrew is the only Orthodox church of Gothic style in Greece.It was built according to the plans of German architect Ernst Ziller, who was studentof Theophilus Hansen.Considering the fact that Ernst Ziller was often visiting Viennain order to be informed about the architectural process and tendencies, it is reasonablethat he was influenced by his teacher's work. Probably we will never find out if the useof the specific style for the chapel of St. Andrew was a desire of the national benefactor or it was selected by the famous architect.

 

After the death of her husband, Ifigenia Sygrou lived for more than 20 years in the villa of Sygrou Estate. Her main care was to attempt to comlete their visions, as they were stated in A. Sygros will. Her death (1921) made the social care in Greece poorer.
According to I.Sygrou's will, the Estate was bequeathed to Greek Agricultural Company (today's I.A.S.) in order to be established as a school of gardening, apiculture,sericulture and livestock with main mission to educate “good farmers and gardeners”.