Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Athens

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In the central square of Athens, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier commemorates Greek soldiers who have given their lives for their country but whose bodies remain unidentified or missing. The monument takes the form of a large wall with the figure of a fallen soldier carved into the center. The border around the soldier resembles a casket. The Presidential Guard, or Evzones, stand watch over the tomb 24 hours a day. These elite soldiers wear a traditional uniform of a long tunic, cotton kilt, red fez, stockings, and red clogs adorned with black pompoms. Come pay your respects to the brave soldiers immortalized here, and watch the famous changing of the guard ceremony, which occurs every hour. By using our Athens trip itinerary builder, you can arrange your visit to Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and other attractions in Athens.
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  • August 16, 2017
    A historical monument which reminds the madness of men. Need to associate it with the changing of the guard, which is all the hours.
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  • August 16, 2017
    One of the better known and most visited of such shrines to those who fell and were never identified.  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    The grave is not the most attractive, however if you go every hour batteries, guards are identified by their replacements and the folk side is present!
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  • April 29, 2017
    Changing of the guard was alright. Like a super slow ballet dance kind of.
  • December 27, 2016
    Change of guard is an awe inspiring procedure, don't miss it!!!
  • January 29, 2017
    Its very nice 👍👍
  • May 7, 2017
    Nice tradition of őeségváltás. You might want to check out once. Although a small number of military things fire in traditional costume may not be very close because "traditional" soldiers upon them, even from a distance, is interesting for the ceremony.
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  • January 14, 2017
    這個無名戰士紀念碑只能遠遠拍照,無法靠近仔細看,一靠近現場的衛兵就會趕人,滿可惜的。

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