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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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  • The monument and the administrative center of the country. Be sure to watch the changing of the guard, it is interesting and funny at the same time. By the way the Google images you can watch panoramic photos of recent events (meeting and complete defeat on the square). Was there in September, 2013. but I think over the last 1000 years in Athens, not much has changed:)
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  • The square itself is the nerve centre of Athens, where all politics happens. The most interesting is the changing of the guard, very cool! Tourist spot!
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  • It is something traditional and tourism in Athens, this changing of the guard is like a dance in slow motion, go see him even once.
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