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Platia Syntagmatos

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Address: Leoforos Vassilissis Amalias, Athens 105 63, Greece
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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the most famous place in Athens

It is perhaps the most famous "changing of the guard" in the world, more fascinating than the english one. I've watched it at noon. I don't know at what time they do it but you... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The changing of the guard happens every hour - not sure about night time hours, but it is a must see part of taking in Athens. (Don't try to take a selfie with the guards - the sergeant major will stop you)

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It is perhaps the most famous "changing of the guard" in the world, more fascinating than the english one. I've watched it at noon. I don't know at what time they do it but you have to consider that it takes more or less half an hour. Perhaps noon in August is not the best moment to watch it. But... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This ceremony takes about 20-30 minutes, it is nice just like a military stuff but the clothes are hilarious.... You should come and see this show on Sundays!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Watched the guard changing on the hour several times during our stay. These conscripted men are so flexible with excellent balance, they could be dancers. Interesting to hear about the history of their uniforms they are not allowed to acknowledge you but their 'minder' will talk to you if he is not to busy barking at the tourists not to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you take changing of the guard rituals seriously, you'll go a bundle on this. If you don't, it's still worth a go, as it's absolutely hilarious. I have literally never seen so much fannying about in my entire life, by the time they'd finished it was almost time to start again. Particularly enjoyed the elderly Italian woman who was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my second time watching the perfect percussion being made. Wow, I was astounded at the perfection.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Watching the Presidential Guards is very interesting and the changing of the guard well worth watching these soldiers are very proud to be selected and I am sure its not easy to do the procedures word of warning don't go up the steps so you can get a photo next to them you will get shouted at by another soldier.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wathcing the changing of the guard is definitely a different and unique experience. The costumes are very interesting as well as how the soldiers march and parade. It is something that should not be missed while in Athens.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The changing of the guards ceremony at the greek parliament house is so amusing that I highly recommend not to miss it

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We got chatting to our taxi driver about the best things to see while in Athens and he recommended we went to changing of the guard. Get there before 11.00 to watch a lovely sceptical. In traditional dress complete with pompoms on there feet and a band leading them along the road. It was packed and the road was closed... More 

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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.
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