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Hellenic Parliament, Athens

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Government Building Historic Site
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. Plan your Hellenic Parliament visit and explore what else you can see and do in Athens using our Athens trip generator.
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  • It is not a remarkable building but capture your attention with his columns and greek style, is something you will see from far away when going to syntagma square, because is huge.  more »
  • The Parliament of the country. Here you can also see the changing of the guards every hour. Nearby is the Syntagma station, and National Gardens.  more »
  • Best to see in on the hour when the guards are changing. During weekend they have a parade uniform. Otherwise the building is close for public.  more »