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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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  • Quite a large elegant square. In the eastern side is the Greek parliament and the grave of an unknown soldier, guarded by an honor guard (the Evzones). The guard changes every hour, but the most inter...  more »
  • This is the main square of Athens, where the Parliament is located and from where there are 2 of the most important shopping streets.
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  • To start any tour of Athens it is the central point. Always very lively. Very colorful changing of the guard
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