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Address: | Syntagma Square, Athens 10671, Greece
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+30 21 0370 7000
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A beautiful columned building built in the classical Greek style.

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How to see the Sunday Changing of the Guard, in style

Firstly, do not turn up at 11am. You won't get close and you will be too late. Remember that the basic ceremony happens every hour, finishing, not starting, on the hour. If you do... read more

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Surrey
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Firstly, do not turn up at 11am. You won't get close and you will be too late. Remember that the basic ceremony happens every hour, finishing, not starting, on the hour. If you do miss it, go round the corner to the president's residence and it starts again there just before quarter past. Instead, for the full Sunday marching experience,... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just pass there and see the soldiers make show i dont know why but it was good to see it if you pass there u can see it

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Indiana, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Every hour Greek military guards change station in the front of the building dressed in traditional costumes for the "Tomb of The Unknown Soldier". The performance is worth the time to witness. Get there early as it can get very crowed.

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Athens, Greece
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I live in Athens (I am half Greek :) ), however I had never been inside Parliament. The outside I would say is pretty spectacular; very majestic. The guards there, dressed in traditional Greek costumes (they're really army soldiers), guard the Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier [Το Μνημείο Του Άγνωστου Στρατιώτη], a big mass tomb, dedicated to all of the... More 

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Budapest
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Parliamant Building is pretty much average but the changing of the guards is a must to see. Go there on Sunday at 11:00.

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Reviewed 15 March 2017

If you are around the Parliament building on a Sunday at midday, you will see the 'Changing of the guard'. What is special about this, is that there are soldiers wearing costumes from all the different regions of Greece

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

It is interesting place with guardians walking in strange steps but it is interesting and funny. It is good place for leisure

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Reviewed 4 March 2017

The parliament building is a neat and sturdy yet slightly dull-looking neo-classical building directly overlooking Syntagma Square. Previously built as a palace for the Greek nobility, it was eventually converted to be the site of the Greek parliament from the mid-1930s onwards. Nowadays, it's more significant to visitors as the building that overlooks Syntagma Square, as well as the background... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

Beautiful building of course made famous for all the wrong reasons after all those TV news broadcasts during the Greek Economic crash. Really enjoyed the changing of the Guard ceremony which takes place on the hour, I presume every hour. Such grace and vigour attached to the ceremony. The guards absolutely will not be distracted as they stand guard and... More 

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Reviewed 24 February 2017

Wait for the change of the greek army squad in front of the Parliament and see their outstanding outfits.

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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.
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