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Plateia Syntagmatos, Athens

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In the center of Athens, Plateia 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. Use our Athens trip maker tool to add Plateia Syntagmatos and other attractions to your Athens vacation plans.
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  • The seat of the Greek Parliament, Syntagma Square represents the heart of the city of Athens. Particular and characteristic is the changing of the guard, ceremony that takes place at every hour and where it is possible to take pictures a short distance from the guards.
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  • On the day of the visit there was a new section of the parliament building we saw the change of the guard and their distinctive steps during the switch and we saw the mural of the unknown soldier - and of course we could not get close to it to see it clearly because there is a security fence located near the famous Sintma Square
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