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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Mnimeio Agnostou Stratiotou)

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The guards wear special uniforms on Sunday. It truly is amazing when you learn there are only 48 young men that act as ceremonial guards. Only two are in front of the Parliament... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

The guards wear special uniforms on Sunday. It truly is amazing when you learn there are only 48 young men that act as ceremonial guards. Only two are in front of the Parliament Building others are behind the building performing ceremonial duties. The special Sunday uniforms have over 400 pleats and the young men have to iron the uniforms themselves.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

A neat experience. I have been here many times throughout my life as I visit family in Athens often. It's hot so wear a hat and have plenty of water. The pigeons love to be fed and will perch on you for photos. The tomb and guards are a neat sight. No silliness is accepted during photos with them as... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

This tomb is in Syntagma Square in front of the parliament building of Greece. It is very moving to see.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

While visiting Syntagma Square, be sure to go to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to see the guards there. Try to time it to see the hourly change of the guards. (There's another more ceremonial changing of the guards on Sundays at 11am.) Even if you don't manage to be there on the hour, go check out the guards,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I really enjoyed seeing this monument...very solemn. But the BEST part was the changing of the guards...great choreography and great costumes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Crowds vary in size, so be prepared. You are allowed, before the hour, to stand by one of the guards and have your picture taken. DO NOT TOUCH THE GUARD. You will be yelled at, not in a good way. Follow the rules and all will be well. Wonderful opportunity.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Actually the facade of the Parliament building facing Syntagma Square, this is where the ceremonial guard stands watch. Every hour on the hour, 24 hours a day, they have a ceremonial changing of the guard that has as much pomp & circumstance as the British changing of the guard in London. On a walking tour, it was explained to me... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

As someone who is used to the sedate resting place of the UK's unknown soldier in Westminster Abbey, I always find it 'strange' to see such tombs placed in public squares; yet, somehow it can work, and the resting place of Greece's unknown soldier is one such place. Although it's almost across the street from a fast-food joint (that disgusting... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Make sure you time your visit to see the guards change positions and change posts. Very cool and unique experience to watch. Great photo op too.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

This is located directly in front of parliament. There's not a lot to see here except the tomb and the Greek inscription (still not sure what it says). What I found unique was the Spartan looking soldier engraved above the tomb in the wall.

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Address: Constitution Square, Athens, Greece
Location: Europe  >  Greece  >  Attica  >  Athens>  > Plaka

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Plaka
Due to its proximity to the Acropolis, Plaka remains the area where the majority of foreign visitors stay and play. Its attractive features include small squares, some notable museums and the beautiful Mitropolis cathedral, as well as a host of places to stay, eat and drink. Its pedestrian zones make it a pleasant place to escape from the city’s notorious traffic. Adrianou and Kidathineon Streets contain a number of souvenir shops, offering classier items than you will find in the Flea Market. The most rewarding section to explore is the upper reaches towards the Acropolis itself, where many old stone houses with tiled roofs have survived. Up here you can find leafier corners and the odd quaint taverna with unobstructed views of the ancient rock.
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