|LREC 2000 2nd International Conference on Language Resources & Evaluation|
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The conference will take place in the Zappeion Megaron (pronounced /'zapion 'megaron/ - the stress is on the syllable following the mark). The building was erected in 1874 – 1888 and was designed by the architect Theophil Hansen. It has hosted the first modern Olympic Games which took place in Athens in 1896. In recent years, Zappeion Megaron has witnessed important moments in Greece’s political history: the Treaty of Accession by which Greece became a full member of the European Community was signed on its premises on May 29, 1979. It normally serves as an international exhibition hall according to the original plan of its designers.
Zappeion Megaron is located in the very center of the city, next to the National Garden and just off Syntagma (/'syndagma/) Square, the central square of Athens and the Parliament. It is within walking distance from the major archaeological sites of Athens, the old quarters of the city and the administrative and business center and, last but not least, close to the central shopping and recreational areas. The Central Post Office, many banks and a broad range of hotels are also within walking distance. Thus, the visitors have only to choose how they would prefer to spend their free time and everything is accessible on foot!