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Plateia Syntagmatos, Athens

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In the center of Athens, Plateia Syntagmatos has been an important site of Greek politics and history. The square's name references a military uprising in 1843, which resulted in Greece's first King, Otto, being forced to sign a constitution. A trip to the capital will inevitably have you passing through the square, but it's worth taking the time to appreciate the history that has unfolded here. See the Greek Parliament, housed in the Old Royal Palace, and catch the changing of the guard ceremony, which takes place just in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Stroll the massive National Gardens just behind the Parliament. Grab a bite to eat at one of the cafes lining the square and settle in for some people-watching. Use our Athens trip maker tool to add Plateia Syntagmatos and other attractions to your Athens vacation plans.
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  • We were on our way to the museum of ancient Greek technology and stopped off here to see the tomb of the unknown soldier and see the changing of the guards. It was a Wednesday morning mid October...  more »
  • What should've been the busy bubbling heart of the city was nearly an empty shell of what it normally was due to Covid 19 restrictions. We were in Athens in early March 2020 and the restrictions were....  more »
  • As you know, where there are two Greeks, there are three opinions. The birthplace of democracy has a turbulent political life, as in the days of Solon and Demosthenes. And this does not allow...  more »

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