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Parliament Building (Vouli)

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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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a modern temple

The outer facade of this building looks like a modern temple, complete with tall columns in front. There are two soldiers guarding the tomb of the unknown soldier in front of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Eva J
Kiev, Ukraine

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Interesting because of the recent political turmoil surrounding Greek austerity-measures and impassioned speeches given by Alexis Tsipras, but a rather bland and uninteresting building, considering all the wonderful architecture that abounds in Athens! Tomb of the Unknown Soldier located below the main entrance, so worth visiting for the changing of the guard ceremony only. Added 1 star for the other... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It is located adjacent to the National Garden, right at the centre of Athens. The building is large, but looks unimpressive. However, the changing of the guards appeared to take place quite often, making it rather interesting. Besides, the guards did not just stand idly in their posts while on duty; instead they kept goose-stepping slowly with their unique uniforms.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

As this is parliament there is not much to see other than to watch the guards in fascination with their garments. Enjoy the view from the steps and grab an ice cream en route from one of the many vendors in the area.

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Kiev, Ukraine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The outer facade of this building looks like a modern temple, complete with tall columns in front. There are two soldiers guarding the tomb of the unknown soldier in front of the building, they are by far the most interesting part of the area!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a nice stop on the bus tour. The Parliament building are quite beautiful in its historic architecture. There are also guards and the change of guards ceremony is fun to watch especially for little kids. The kids also love feeding the pigeons at this site. There are many people selling bird food for 1euro.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Its a drab building that hides the high action that happens behind the walls. MAde interesting by the cgangin of the guards.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The facade of the building is just like an ordinary home. The only interesting part of it are the guards. They are great. It will be very difficult to wear those costumes on summer as it is boiling hot in Athens. The guard will actually allow you to take pictures of them but you need to be quick in the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are many people who come to spend time in the open square ... some musicians play music .. it buzzing place .. so not much about the building, but its good to spend sometime around.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a unique experience to witness. The uniforms and movements, as well as the size of the men are incredible.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Standing in the bright sun, waiting around for the changing of the guards and then watching the actual performance felt like a superb waste of our time. The only thing that made it worth it was the ridiculousness of the performance, so that gave us a bit of a laugh. If you're short on time in Athens, definitely skip this!

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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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