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Address: Constitution Square, Athens 10671, Greece
Phone Number: 302103707000
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A beautiful columned building built in the classical Greek style.

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Catch the changing of the guards!!

The building is gorgeous in the late afternoon sun (also it's cooler late and early in Summer) Make sure to catch the changing of the guards...super fun for young and old. They... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Santa Monica, California

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It was a pleasure to watch this oldest symbol of democracy. Looks better in evening where all the lights are on and gives a glowing look to the building. A must watch I should say.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful building but too young if compared with the whole of the Greek history. It is funny to know that modern Greece is quite young as a country when compared with its heritage. A place easy to see as it is in central Athens.

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Orangeville, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Did not have the opportunity to go inside. Only saw it from the exterior. A beautiful building for anyone interested in construction and architecture.

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Santa Monica, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The building is gorgeous in the late afternoon sun (also it's cooler late and early in Summer) Make sure to catch the changing of the guards...super fun for young and old. They do this crazy 'step' thing that I've never seen anywhere else.

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Helensburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The building itself and square are modern, so it's what they represent rather than anything else that it's worth a look. It's the guards that add the colour - literally. Most people gather for the changing, which is definitely worth a look if it's you first time in Athens, and Sunday is a good day for that. At other times,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Athens for the day, and on our way towards the centre area we stopped off at the Parliament building, luckily just in time to watch the changing of the guards, which was particularly for us on a Wednesday at 12pm lunchtime. I'm not sure exactly when they regularly change. You have to stand behind a particular line and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Parliament Building was so near our hotel, in fact my room had a good view of it. We went right after we arrived in Athens and I was told that the full changing of the guards happens every Sunday which we missed by a few hours. We still managed to see 2 costumed guards perform their synchronized routine. From... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

the tomb of the unknown soldier is at the base and guards stand watch. This is a quick stop but worth it. When you go spend a few minutes watching the guards.

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A real photo opportunity to see "The changing of the Guard" in their colourful uniforms. Fascinating to watch but it gets very busy so it's worth while being there a little earlier.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

If you want to see changing of the guards, head to the Presidential Palace. Same guards, same routine, very few people...

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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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