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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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  • I wait a lot for the guardian change but never saw them.i love to walk there, is like my home place.  more »
  • If you go to Atina you must see the change of the guards. The way they walk is intresting and different. And at the end of the ceremony, you can take photos with the guards.  more »
  • We enjoyed watching the guards in their uniforms and unique marching. More entertaining than guards in London.  more »

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If you come to Athens for its ancient history, stay in Plaka, a lively neighborhood located within walking distance of the city's major archaeological sites. Although relatively expensive, hotels in this part of town offer spacious rooms, private swimming pools, and rooftop cocktail bars. For less expensive but equally comfortable lodgings, consider boutique hotels and family-run inns in the quiet residential neighborhoods just a short drive south of Plaka. Good rooms fill up early in the season, so plan ahead and book in advance.
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