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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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  • An important monument to the local people, built opposite the Parliament of Greeks in Syntagma square. Very convenient to reach through metro. 
  • The changing of the guard in front of the Parliament in Syntagma Square takes place every hour but the ' real ' changing of the guard that deserves to be seen is that of Sunday morning at 11 o'clock. Meaning and history can be found in any travel guide. I limit myself to write some advice for the best view possible of the event. The procession of guards and marching band comes from Vasilissis Sofias Avenue and then, face turned to Parliament, on your left. The first spectators who come running to get on either side of the guards (left and right) because the Center (that is opposite Parliament) cannot stop. That is not the case. Position yourself in the front row at the Centre, over the road, where there is a sidewalk. Will seem like a distant and unhappy place, with traffic passing in front. In fact, when the guards are on their way, the traffic is blocked. So positioned you will see the procession pass forward (instead of the car) and I admire in the front row. Then, when the guards will be passed and you will be placed in the area in front of the Parliament, the cops will authorize you to slide forward and you will end up once again in the front row and in the side in front of the Parliament. A prime location to see the changing of the guard ceremony. When it finishes the procession of guards again the time again via Vasilissis Sofias so if quickly leave your workstation to go put along that street, you will see in good location even the departure of the procession of the guards. The ceremony is more curious why some of the movements and steps of the guards during the change are really funny and fun to be around. After the ceremony if you want you can pick up a souvenir photograph next to one of the guards. They seem very helpful but not exaggerated: it's full of plainclothes guards camouflaged among tourists who are ready to intervene if someone ' exaggerates '.
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  • So fascinating to see Greece's version of the "changing of the guard"; it's a free sight to see and it happens every 30 min. Just make sure to get out of their way, because our tour guide told us they...  more »