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Parliament Building (Vouli)

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Address: Constitution Square, Athens 10671, Greece
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Description: A beautiful columned building built in the classical Greek style.
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Located next to the Hotel of Angleterre it is where most of the demonstration started. So look at the news before going.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Located next to the Hotel of Angleterre it is where most of the demonstration started. So look at the news before going.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed watching the guards and the crowds as we began our walking tour. The uniforms are all hand made, and the boots have nails on the bottoms for tapping noise. A touristy site, for sure, but amusing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Unfortunately we had very little time on our Cruise excursion to stop. To the point that we will plan another visit here. So do check your excursion itinerary to see what is included. The Guards are suprberb in their uniforms and they march every hour on the hour I believe. On the day we stopped the heat was scorching, and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

It was very fun to watch the guards out front shuffling their feet in their ceremonial changing of the guards. It doesn't have the pomp and circumstance of the British changing of the guards, but it is truly an interesting spectacle. After they finish their ceremonial change, they allow a visitor at a time to come up and take a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

It is as significant and as impressive as any other parliamentary building. Big, with a politically intense history filled with schemes, failures and stories of conquers. It's fine enough but I'd see it as part of a tour of it was on the itinerary. I wouldn't go out of my way to see it. What saves this from being a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Though it initially was the palace of Kings Otto and George I, the exterior of the building is not remarkable. Most of the tourists are attracted by the performance of changing of guards for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, ...... and sometimes, by the demonstrations takes place here.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We didn't go inside the building but got to see the changing of the guards which was pretty fun. Before the ceremony, they will sometimes let you have your picture made with one of them but wait until you are invited and don't touch them. The ceremony is well choreographed and done every hour 24/7. If you are there on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

It was quite amusing watching the changing of the guard at the square. It appears to occur every hour with great pomp. Also a very nice square to visit anytime of the day. The Presidential Mansion is behind the square and also has a smaller ceremony. Neither are very ornate from the outside so don't go there expecting great architecture

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

A lot is going on in the building of the picture. This is the parliament of Greece. A lot of people hate it and a lot of people love it. If you want to demonstrate for whatever reason, this is the place to do it. Some times you might get attracted by the riot police but for Greeks it is... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

The parliament itself is not worth much look. However, the changing of guards happen here and the tomb of unknown soldier is right in front.

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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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