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Platia Syntagmatos

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Address: Leoforos Vassilissis Amalias, Athens 105 63, Greece
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Good to see change of guard

I was lucky to be at Syntagma at 11 AM on Sunday during my visit to Athens. It was unique experience to see change in guard.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

In all the world I think I love the Greek changing of the Guard the very best. The somber soldiers in their regal and unique uniforms coupled with the artistic marching style puts it at the very top of my list for things to see in Athens. BEST AT NIGHT!!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our kids loved seeing the guards standing statue-like next to their guardhouses in the scorching hot sun while dressed in several layers of traditional clothing. They were particularly impressed with the slow deliberate steps during the change of the guards which sparked many attempted impersonations during the following days. Our kids never managed to get their knees as high while... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

classic place in Athens. Interesting with the guard change ceromony. Likely that you just pass since this is the major junction for metro. Spend half an hour here - it's free of charge

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

a unique ceremony of the GREEK EYZONES !!every hour you see the change of shifts he eyzones .you can admire the grandiose tall greek men with the traditional costumes who stand still under all weather circumstances .a sample of the greek brave heart !

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was lucky to be at Syntagma at 11 AM on Sunday during my visit to Athens. It was unique experience to see change in guard.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The most historic location of modern Greek times. The guards at the unknown soldier monument in front of the house of parliament overlooking the platia are a reminder of what this country has given to the rest of the world.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The guard's uniforms types are depend of the weather conditions. One day they wore navy blue, and the next time they were white.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After reading several TripAdvisor reviews about Syntagma Square, it amazes me that no one has mentioned the one feature that is, by far, the most interesting aspect of Syntagma Square. I'll get to that in a minute. This plaza is the hub of Athens. It's a major metro transfer stop, and the square is swarming with people day and night.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Change of guards is a must watch. The energy at Syntagma Square cannot be missed. We started our 10K wind for the Athens Marathon here and went back at least 3-4 times for sight-seeing, shopping etc.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just in front the parliament building you can see the soldiers (Evzones) dressed traditional guarding the monument of the unknown soldier... Great to see the change of the Presidential guards (every hour)

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Perhaps the best place to get your bearings is Syntagma Square, crowned by the imposing Parliament building on its upper side and surrounded by other large structures, such as the exclusive Hotel Grande Bretagne. The grand avenues that lead towards Omonia are also full of massive Neoclassical edifices like the Numismatic Museum and those around smaller Platia Kolokotroni. Here you will find lots of travel agents, bookshops and fashion shops, especially on Ermou Street. Just south of Syntagma Square, you can take a breather in the lush National Gardens, which extend into the grounds of the Zappeio palace and beyond to the ancient Temple of Olympian Zeus.
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