A good place to start when visiting the city, this unique changing of the guard is not to be missed.

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Syntagma Square

The heart of the city

Syntagma Square is the epicentre of the city with everything stemming out from this central hub. It is also known as Constitution Square as it was home to the mass popular uprising in the 19th century that forced King Otto to approve a national constitution. The square is home to the Greek Parliament and its memorable changing of the guard. We recommend visiting the square any Sunday at 11:00 to catch this remarkable event. Next to this building is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier through which Greece joins other countries in paying homage to all fallen soldiers in any conflict. This site is guarded by Evzones soldiers wearing the traditional military uniform of this ceremonial unit of the Greek Army. The main shopping streets in Athens also run from this square, including the city’s version of the Golden Mile: Ermou Street.

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