Plateia Syntagmatos

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Neighbourhood: Syntagma
Perhaps the best place to get your bearings is Syntagma Square, crowned by the imposing Parliament building on its upper side and surrounded by other large structures, such as the exclusive Hotel Grande Bretagne. The grand avenues that lead towards Omonia are also full of massive Neoclassical edifices like the Numismatic Museum and those around smaller Platia Kolokotroni. Here you will find lots of travel agents, bookshops and fashion shops, especially on Ermou Street. Just south of Syntagma Square, you can take a breather in the lush National Gardens, which extend into the grounds of the Zappeio palace and beyond to the ancient Temple of Olympian Zeus.
How to get there
  • Syntagma • 2 min walk
  • Nomismatokopio • 4 min walk
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permia
Ireland37,164 contributions
Grandly central
Feb. 2020
Our first evening we strolled along Ermou to the city’s central area, admiring magnificent Parliament as it loomed into its Neo-Classical view.

Bustling at all hours the Square is a magnet for locals and visitors.

One of the highlights is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers, ceremoniously guarded by the famous Evzones. Some visitors ventured towards them to have a souvenir photo capture the moment.

Adjoining is an array of famous hotels and to which we enjoyed culinary visits.
Written 18 January 2021
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I W
Barrow Upon Soar, UK162 contributions
Worth a visit
Oct. 2020 • Family
We were on our way to the museum of ancient Greek technology and stopped off here to see the tomb of the unknown soldier and see the changing of the guards. It was a Wednesday morning mid October during covid and wasn't very busy. Personally I think watching the changing of the guards at the Presidential palace was better. There are a few places to grab something to eat around the square. It's free, so worth a visit.
Written 15 November 2020
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Ginges_revenge
Brisbane, Australia2,015 contributions
Nearly empty due to Covid restrictions.
Mar. 2020
What should've been the busy bubbling heart of the city was nearly an empty shell of what it normally was due to Covid 19 restrictions. We were in Athens in early March 2020 and the restrictions were taking its toll. The square had very little ambience and was not what we were expecting. I missed seeing it bustling with people. I am looking forward to seeing it at its busiest when this Covid 19 issue is dealt with.
Written 1 November 2020
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia20,575 contributions
The turbulent political life of Greece doesn`t allow Syntagma to become only a memorial.
Jul. 2019
As you know, where there are two Greeks, there are three opinions. The birthplace of democracy has a turbulent political life, as in the days of Solon and Demosthenes. And this does not allow Syntagma to become only a memorial. The colorful ceremony of changing the guard of the evzon light infantry is certainly interesting. Uniforms consist of a khaki farion cap, khaki doulama jacket and large pompoms on the footwear. It looks very interesting, even funny. More than the guards at Buckingham Palace or the Swiss guard of the Vatican (there is still the work of Michelangelo). However, this is an attraction for tourists. The main thing on Syntagma happens when there are demonstrations here. In this case, no game, everything is real. This time Syntagma was quiet and calm. Summer sleepiness was interrupted only by the hourly changing of the guard. The last time I visited, there were burned-out kiosks.
Written 24 June 2020
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Krishhere
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India1,408 contributions
Visit to see changing of the guards
Aug. 2019 • Couples
The Syntagma square is where celebrations and protests happen in Greece. I heard this name first as the centre of festivities, when Greece won Euro 2004. Suggest visiting the square at night. Every hour there is a very short changing of the guards ceremony at this square, at the tomb of the unknown soldier.
Written 24 February 2020
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ymt888
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia1,838 contributions
Main attraction
Feb. 2019
You cannot miss this square in the city center. Our hotel faces the square and it was busy during weekends. The square is also just above the metro and in front of the parliament building. One of Athens top tourist spot.
Written 30 January 2020
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SoCalOregonian
Murrieta, CA9,231 contributions
CONSTITUTION SQUARE - MUST EXPERIENCE AT NIGHT
Dec. 2019
This is the central square of Athens and is located across from the parliament building and home to a subway stop. It is a happening place at all times of the day, but must be visited at night. When we visited Athens from 12/13 – 12/18 it was decorated in Christmas finery. In the center of the square is a large fountain, which at night changes colors on a rotating basis. There are also a couple other fountains at the edges of the plaza.
Written 4 January 2020
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tonyking8652
Essen, Germany333 contributions
In Athens, you can't avoid it ......
Dec. 2019 • Couples
....but often wish you could!
It's really a rather ordinary large square surrounded by a selection of very ordinary buildings and a permanent traffic jam not helped by totally undisciplined Athenian drivers and its fair share of "tagging" ( No ,NONE of it deserves the description Graffiti - it's just the offensive scribblings if a nation that seems ti have lost every sense of its own purpose!)
Somehow the authorities seem to keep the wall of the Parliament building ( Unknown Warrior Memorial ) clear for the hourly Guard changing ceremony!
Written 3 January 2020
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jordanellie41
Bolton, UK833 contributions
ORDINARY GRAFFITI RIDDEN SQUARE
Sep. 2019
This could be a lovely big square with the Parliament building as it's backdrop, but it is far from that. It is very ordinary with it's centrepiece being a large fountain that wasn't working. There is lots of graffiti everywhere - as there is in the whole of Athens - which doesn't help matters. Not worth seeing in it's own right.
Written 30 December 2019
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AlikiD.
Athens, Greece20 contributions
Enjoy your Christmas time in Athens
Dec. 2019 • Family
If you are in Athens,go to Syntagma Sq.,look for Information Desk and get for free your program of events in many places in Athens Music,theatre,workshops,concerts are waiting for all of us!
Written 15 December 2019
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