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Changing of the Guard Ceremony

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Changing of the Guard Ceremony

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Syntagma Square Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Athens 10557 Greece
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permia wrote a review Jan 3
Ireland36,874 contributions1,653 helpful votes
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We luckily saw the famous Evzones a few times and in differing uniforms. Undoubtedly the grandest is their Sunday morning apparel for this ceremony, the kilt-like Foustanella that feature 400 pleats, one for each year of Ottoman occupation. It’s a great enjoyable sight seeing them march and stride. Other symbols of their uniform include the red cap calling to mind blood shed during the long arduous struggle for Independence and the black tassels signifying tears cried under Occupation. Distinctive footwear is also outstanding. Reddish leather with large black pompons, they are surprisingly heavy with about 60 nails at base to replicate the sound of battle when they march.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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I W wrote a review Oct 2020
Barrow Upon Soar, United Kingdom164 contributions48 helpful votes
I would recommend watching the changing of the guard at the Presidential palace rather than the Syntagma square. It's not on a major road junction and it's a lot quieter, so you don't have to compete with other tourists to get a good view. It's free and happens every hour.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Steve B wrote a review Oct 2020
London, United Kingdom4,230 contributions434 helpful votes
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Visitors to Athens should make a point of being at the Greek Parliament Building at Syntagma Square on the hour to watch the 10 minute Changing of the Guard although - if really interested - make a point of going along at 1100 hours on a Sunday when the Changeover is carried out in added splendour! My wife and myself were there today - together with 50+ others - to watch the 1700 hours changeover and this was impressive enough. You do feel anxious for the young guards themselves as one wrong step/turn and I’m sure they would be living with the consequences for a long time to come!! Certainly worth 10-15 minutes of anyone’s time!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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makalu8000 wrote a review Aug 2020
Toronto, Canada1,059 contributions129 helpful votes
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Every hour on the hour 7 days a week there is a changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front of the Hellenic Parliament. Takes around 15 minutes. A long slow very deliberate ceremony performed in traditional uniforms. Definitely worth the time on a visit to Athens.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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130Doug wrote a review Jun 2020
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania1,231 contributions140 helpful votes
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November 2018 (not 2019) OK, so not to be rude, but the first thing I thought while watching the guards lift their legs high into the air every alternate step and then slooooooowwwwly moving their leg back down while marching in slow circles around the inner reach of Syntagma Square was the Monty Python sketch 'The Ministry of Silly Walks'. Funding here (aside Defense, Social Security, Health, Housing, Education) had obviously been quite well-spent. Definitely get here early! It's quite a fascinating and lengthy display to watch, but it does take some time to get all the way through it. One wonders how they come up with the choreography for displays like this. I'm sure every step is dripping with meaning, but it would be fascinating to learn!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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