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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier | Syntagma, Athens 10562, Greece
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Great experience and something to look forward to

The change of the guard happens every hour which makes it very accessible but still very popular... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Servaise
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Bairnsdale, Australia
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Cool tradition

Although hot, we had fun watching the guard change. Kids enjoyed seeing the costumes. Listen to a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Andrew A
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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier | Syntagma, Athens 10562, Greece
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The change of the guard happens every hour which makes it very accessible but still very popular. The clothes, marching and atmosphere is one in a kind unlikely found anywhere else. You are allowed to take videos and photos from behind the first white line....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Although hot, we had fun watching the guard change. Kids enjoyed seeing the costumes. Listen to a guide nearby explain the costumes and watch outfit the pigeon photos... tourist trap

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Reviewed April 9, 2018 via mobile

It is a nice to see if you have time in Athens. You need to read or have a guide to explain the costumes , weapons, the steps & the Change . A great photo, video & boomerang for your social media

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Reviewed January 13, 2018 via mobile

The guards have a costume or may be seen as a unique uniform. Pom poms on the shoes. The skirt has 400 pleats. Designed by the Queen Amalia. The guards are standing motionless in front of the 'monument or grave of the unknown soldier'. No...More

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Reviewed January 1, 2018 via mobile

You can see why tour coaches pull up here so people can disembark and see the ritual every hour on the hour.

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Reviewed November 9, 2017

It was Sunday morning but happens everyday at the top of the hour. Not as elaborated as the change in London, but anyhow a very interesting attraction. It takes a relatively short time. You should avoid the middle day and come early morning or later...More

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Reviewed October 20, 2017 via mobile

A note of caution upfront! Given the huge crowds, this activity is low on visibility to all and high on waiting time. So if you have a ringside view and loads of patience, the march of the guards is a good peek into Greek history...More

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Reviewed October 11, 2017

The Changing of the Guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is quite interesting, a very theatrical experience.

Thank mamacooking
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Reviewed September 3, 2017 via mobile

I have seen the ceremony on TV on several occasions and found it rather eccentric. I arrived to see the guards but had no idea when the 'changing' would take place. On my first day in Athens but my third trip to Greece this year...More

1  Thank David B
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Reviewed July 9, 2017

A must go, especially at 11:00 on Sunday. Elegance, tradition, efficiency, beauty. A band comes in front and a regiment of the special force comes behind, with their typical marching steps. They stand still while three guards go to change positions with the ones already...More

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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,
...More
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