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. See Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and all Athens has to offer by arranging your trip with our Athens trip planning tool .
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  • If you happened to be walked by the changing of the guard was doing. But that was of the right and left guard, but soldier costumes and update how I saw so far, was interesting.
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  • Located in Syntagma Square, a visit is a must for visitors to Athens. The changing of the guard here is very nice, especially and folklore!
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  • The tomb is very contemporary but moving. The best time to visit is 11am on Sundays when they do the changing of the guard.  more »
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  • The Square houses the Greek Parliament. Very Important square of modern Athens from both a historical and social point of view.
  • The Changing of the Guard at Parliament is conducted every Sunday at 11am. We arrived quite early and the crowd had already started to build on the left side of the Parliament building. We positioned ourselves on the pathway across the street from Parliament (on Syndagma Square side) as the guards were not allowing anyone to be in front of the Parliament building. Guards were not allowing people to form on the right hand side of the Parliament building as this is where the troops form their lines when they arrive. It was a great spot to view the procession coming down as they turned off Leof. Vasilissis Sofia street towards the Parliament building. The police had stopped all traffic movement on the streets by this time. Once the procession had passed the we were allowed to move forward and across the road to the front of the building to watch the Changing of the Guards. I would advise you to move very quick if you want a good view as it gets very crowded and rather chaotic as the crowd surges forward. Everyone is trying to get a good viewing spot!
  • Hard to stay respectful of this place with the guards doing a monty python silly walk
  • Must see the change of guard! These guys are not a tourist attraction but real soldiers and are keeping a tradition. I think people are treating them like an attraction and taking pictures with them diminishes their status
  • very attractive when they are in their traditional costumes good backdrop for photos. kids love to feed pigeons

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If you come to Athens for its ancient history, stay in Plaka, a lively neighborhood located within walking distance of the city's major archaeological sites. Although relatively expensive, hotels in this part of town offer spacious rooms, private swimming pools, and rooftop cocktail bars. For less expensive but equally comfortable lodgings, consider boutique hotels and family-run inns in the quiet residential neighborhoods just a short drive south of Plaka. Good rooms fill up early in the season, so plan ahead and book in advance.
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