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I W wrote a review Nov 2020
Barrow Upon Soar, United Kingdom164 contributions48 helpful votes
We visited in mid October during covid restrictions. Plenty of space to watch the changing of the guard. You can get very close. It's also free, as you can't go in the mansion. Across the road is the national garden.
Date of experience: October 2020
permia wrote a review Sep 2020
Ireland36,520 contributions1,604 helpful votes
What we could see from the street confirmed its impressive imposing stature. Ornate and mostly in white it is set in fine gardens. It was interesting to learn that plans to construct a Palace were initiated by the then King in 1868 on the birth of his son, the Crown Prince, to whom the Palace would be gifted on his coming of age. It was completed in 1897 and continued as a Royal residence until 1924 when a Republic was declared. On restoration of the Monarchy in 1935 it reverted to Royalty for close on the next 40 years. Since 1974 it has been the President’s residence. It was great to see the ceremonial Presidential Guard, the famous Evzones, marching in front. Being Sunday we were fortunate to see them in their most exuberant uniform. This incorporates the kilt-like Foustanella that features 400 pleats signifying the 400 years of Ottoman occupation. It is fascinating that their impressively heavy shoes feature about 60 nails at base to replicate the sound of battle when they march.…
Date of experience: March 2020
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SoCalOregonian wrote a review Dec 2019
Murrieta, California9,164 contributions1,032 helpful votes
The palace is located along an orange tree lined road across from the National Gardens. I did not see any listing for public access, so only can be observed from outside the fencing. However, the true attraction is the changing of the Evezones guards with their tsarouchis.
Date of experience: December 2019
Perry B wrote a review Apr 2019
Hong Kong, China2,249 contributions1,385 helpful votes
Nestled as it was amidst the greenery- this was an enticing building to snap lots of photographs of from the exterior.
Date of experience: April 2019
Sue M wrote a review Nov 2018
Williamsburg, Virginia1,251 contributions576 helpful votes
Our guide took us by the Presidential Mansion and the Prime Minister's Residence is next door. Like the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, you will only find the guards dressed the same by the Presidential Mansion. Some folks like to take a selfie w/ the guard but I wasn't interested. The guards have a difficult enough time without having to deal w/ tourists.…
Date of experience: October 2018