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Syntagma Square, Athens

Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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In the center of Athens, Syntagma Square 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 Syntagma Square a centerpiece of your Athens vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Athens tourist route planner.
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  • Its one of the number one tourist attractions. The soldiers change every hour. You can take photos with them but only one person at a time. If not the soldier hits the ground with his gun and another ...  read more »
  • Situated right on the metro line for easy access this is the heart of Athens. Lots of great people watching and activities abound around the square. Protests to so there is always something going on. 
  • Great to see. Photos can be taken with the guards. Easy to find the guards as there is a metro stop across the road 
  • I rate the traditional sunday parade. It starts every sunday at 11 am. Duration is around just 15 minutes. But it is brilliant to see the uniforms and the unique steps of soldiers. My recommendation: Be here 15 minutes before beginning.
  • The center of Athens. Not the best central square on earth but not much we can do. Bus to the airport departs from here. Have a drink on top of the grand bretagne for acropolis views($$) or on the cafe of public electronics store for parliament views($)
  • Crowded but a nice place . Wallets n phones in front pockets and hands on them :)
  • A nice central square with a so-so fountain in the middle. Great meeting point and departure for buses to the airport.
  • Came here during all the austerity votes. Some body blew up a car near by, so we didn't hang out here very long. The front has some guards in traditional uniforms, but given all the protesting we didn't linger.
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