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Parliament Building (Vouli)

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

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the two Soldiers Show

if you visit Athens than you must go there and see the two Soldiers with their funny shoes, you can also take a pic with them but without touching them of course ;)

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

It's a rather plain building, nothing unpleasant but nothing of particular note. You can get good views of it from most sides, see the changing of the guard with decent views but there's not much else to say really. Five minutes to look at it and then wander on.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

if you visit Athens than you must go there and see the two Soldiers with their funny shoes, you can also take a pic with them but without touching them of course ;)

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Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

The Parliament Building is walkable from the center of town (20 minutes). We were thankful to be there at 11 on Sunday morning, when we could see not only the guard change but also the formal fan fare that is added at that day and time only. We went about 10:15, which was a good time. When you go, face... More 

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Washington, DC
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

The building itself isn't particularly striking or ornate, but was fortunate to be there for the Changing of the Guard which was quite impressive. Other than that, it's definitely not anything special.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

When I walked around athens... Luckily I can watched guard shift change... And we can take pictures just side of the guards but please don't touch him.. It's not allowed to touch the guard. A lot of people come here just to see guard shift change

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Gouda, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Went to the parliament building, mainly to see the changing of the guards. Nice in their traditional uniforms and the funny shoes. But very disciplined indeed. So worth seeing!

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Carefree, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

A centrally located building. Had it not been for the guards, one might walk right past the building. The changing of the guards occurs on an hourly basis. Stay for this as it is much fanfare, high stepping and foot shuffling. It takes about 15 min and then one can walk around to the designer shops, fancy hotels and eateries.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

While walking around Athens city, we have stopped by Parliment Building and watched the changing of the guards on this occasion.We have also seen the people gathering in this area to make some protest activity.İt is very nice spot to see.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

I'd expect the Parliament of Greece to look a bit more impressive than that. The Parliament is located in a palace next to Syntagma square. While the building itself is not that impressive, the hilarious guards offer a comic relief to the numerous tourists.

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Already I read about the changing of guards, actually to see the ceremonial event only I visited the parliament building. But when I reach the building only I realised the ancient beauty of the building and it contain the famous tomb of unknown soldier. The Guards from presidential guards evzones protecting round the clock, changing every other hours. These guards... More 

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Staying in Syntagma

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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.