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Platia Syntagmatos, Athens
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In the center of Athens, Platia 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. Make Platia Syntagmatos a centerpiece of your Athens vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Athens tourist route planner.
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  • Better if it coincides with the schedule of the changing of the guard. Good prospect of Parliament. Wide square but full of tourists hoping to see the displacement of the two soldiers who made a very special parade pass and striking their beautiful uniforms
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  • Most bustling square of Athens. There you can see the tomb of the unknown soldier, the building of the Greek Parliament, the evzones presidential guard that stand like statues in the spectacular changing of the guard and repositioning of the Evzones. Going down the marble stairs meet the marble fountain and adjacent many benches among the trees. There is also one of the four subway exits. In the square there are hotels, offices, restaurants and many cafes and some on rooftops so that you can from up to admire this beautiful square. A little further down is one of the commercial streets of Athens the Ermou Street and from there the Monastiraki, Plaka. A ride will definitely excite you any time of year and if you happen to be in Athens.
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  • Syntagma Square, Parliament building in Athens, one of the symbols. Changing of the guard in a demonstration of the eda. We were there just in time by chance.
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