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Hellenic Parliament, Athens

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Guarded by soldiers dressed in traditional attire, monumental Hellenic Parliament originally served as the official residence of Otto, the first modern king of Greece. Home to the country's supreme democratic institution since 1934, the building sits on the eastern side of a major public square in Athens. Built in the 1830s following the design of Bavarian architect Friedrich von Gartner, the building remains one of the city's major architectural treasures. The formal changing of the guards, an elaborate event resembling a slow and carefully choreographed dance, happens on the hour. Put Hellenic Parliament on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Athens trip planner.
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  • The building cannot be visited and is of little interest. On the other hand if we bypass it until the façade which overlooks the Syntagma Square, two soldiers in traditional dress (with some amazing shoes to nails and PomPoms!) stand guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier. Every half hour, they indulge in indescribable military choreography, without equivalent known, that worth a visit.
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  • The cool of this site is to see the changing of the guard is incredible to think that these guys are there quietly all day. You should go to the hour point.
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  • The historical monument is the Parliament. He does not visit but if you work around it to the right you can see dimensions, more you will pass in front of the Embassy of France, which is at the same level as the Park.
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