Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: 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, 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.
How to get there
  • Syntagma • 5 min walk
  • Nomismatokopio • 9 min walk
See what travelers are saying
  • k s
    Dore, United Kingdom367 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Arrive early
    Went to watch the ceremonial changing of the guard - every Sunday at 11am . Was interesting. If you want to get near the front then be there for 10.30 latest. It says it it at 11 but the parade goes past about 20 mins before then and it is over at 11 . Very busy.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 3, 2023
  • Katie G
    Indianapolis, Indiana9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    The changing of the guard at the Parliament happens every hour on the hour. It ceremony does not take long, maybe 10 minutes. It is definitely worth stopping to see. My daughter just saw the changing of the guard at Arlington cemetery last month with her 8th grade class so this provided a different perspective and a good conversation about how other countries observe these traditions and honor their soldiers. We are glad that we stopped.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 18, 2023
  • Ali921
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom1,458 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get here for changing of the guard
    The tomb itself is not that impressive. What is ? The changing of the guard. Get here a good 45min beforehand to get the best view, It's not to be missed. Line up on the left hand side as you look at the tomb. No one is allowed on the right and those facing the tomb are pushed back across the road
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 26, 2023
  • Helena xo
    Bradford, United Kingdom131 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting stop on a landmark / history trip.
    After reading a few Athens guides online and articles advising the best places to visit to get some sightseeing done the tomb of the unknown solider was highlighted quite a few times. Although it will be a short visit and a photo opportunity it was a great stop by to see this historic piece and learn about its background. The tomb is guarded by the army as well as honorary guards who stand watch over the tomb at all times whilst providing and sharing their interesting routine to honour the tomb. You cannot get up close and personal to the tomb however it is a great piece of history to visit as well as to get a couple of photos and mark this off your itinerary.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 12, 2024
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Ali921
Edinburgh, UK1,458 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
The tomb itself is not that impressive. What is ? The changing of the guard. Get here a good 45min beforehand to get the best view, It's not to be missed. Line up on the left hand side as you look at the tomb. No one is allowed on the right and those facing the tomb are pushed back across the road
Written October 26, 2023
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Hany G
Bakersfield, CA1,790 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
It is located in syntagma square. The changing guard ceremony is performed every hour. Just try to arrive few minutes early to get a good spot but it is not too crowdedanyway.
It is a simple ceremony which is done wearing their traditional outfits
Written January 23, 2022
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k s
Dore, UK367 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
Went to watch the ceremonial changing of the guard - every Sunday at 11am . Was interesting. If you want to get near the front then be there for 10.30 latest. It says it it at 11 but the parade goes past about 20 mins before then and it is over at 11 . Very busy.
Written September 3, 2023
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ckd916
Asheville, NC19 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
We went to see the changing of the guards at 11am on a Sunday. The area was packed with people making it impossible to see anything. If you really want to see it, plan to get there very early to secure a spot. Later we accidentally came upon the changing of guards at the presidential mansion and although it was much smaller in scope, we had an unobstructed view and loved watching the custom.
Written June 12, 2023
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KC30000
England, UK98 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
Visited as part of a day spent in central Athens. The tomb is in front of the Greek parliament building and by Syntagma Square. We were fortunate to arrive at the hourly changing of the guard which in itself is worth a watch. If visiting Athens then this should be on your list, it is right in the heart of the capital and Greek society. We were also treated to an organised demonstration outside of the parliament building!
Written June 5, 2023
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,788 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
The Greek Monument of the Unknown Soldier is located at the front of the Parliament building. A national shrine, it is guarded 24/7 by the elite Ezvones guards.
A large wall features a bas relief of an ancient Greek soldier, who has fallen in battle. He wears his helmet and his shield is by his side but he is otherwise naked and lies vulnerable and exposed. The tomb is behind the panel. It’s very sombre.
Bronze plaques on the wall list the modern battles where Greek soldiers have fought. They start with the Balkan Wars and the most recent is the Cypriot War of 1974.
Ancient quotations from Thucydides are inscribed on either side of the monument. On the right, it reads, ‘The whole earth is the tomb of famous men’. On the left is a reference to a funeral procession at the end of the Peloponnesian Wars. Thucydides describes a single empty cypress coffin that was included among the other coffins, “They also carry a single empty litter decked with a pall for all whose bodies are missing”.
The best time to see the Monument is when the changing of the guard ceremony takes place. The main ceremony is at 11am on a Sunday but a smaller version takes place on the hour hour, every day. We weren’t in Athens on a Sunday, so went mid-week which was still very impressive and had the advantage of a much, much smaller crowd.
Written November 11, 2023
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snowdrop18
Oakville, Canada26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2010
Across from Syntagma Square you will find the Parliament Building where the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is located. It is also directly across the road from the Metro. The Tomb is guarded by soldiers at all times and the changing of the guard occurs every hour. However, you must make time on Sunday to see the Ceremonial Changing of the Guard. A small army of soldiers, decked out in their beautiful uniforms, is led down the centre of the road by a Police musical band. The actual changing of the guard is very impressive and you'll wonder at the strength in their legs to do such marching!

To get a good vantage point, stand on the median of the road. The road is temporarily closed to traffic to accommodate the marching band and soldiers. Once they are in place in the parliament square, the police allow the people on the median to edge in closer. Please look at the wonderful pictures I got! Beautiful!!
Written January 11, 2011
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redeco
Warren, MA9,291 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2011
Just at the top of Syntagma Square is the Greek Parliament Building. At dead center is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier which is guarded 24/7 by an elite unit of Greek soldiers in traditional uniforms that include the elaborately tasseled hat, pom-pommed shoes, and white kilt. Every hour on the hour there is a changing of the guard ceremony and tourists line up sometimes a half hour in advance for the best vantage point. See this if you can.

While on guard the soldiers stand motionless. We watched a soldier in fatigues patting perspiration from the guard's faces on a particularly hot 103 degree Farenheit day. Syntagma Square is the location for many protest rallies. Excercise caution if you are a tourist. We witnessed a peaceful protest rally without incident, but police in riot gear were massed around the corner just in case.
Written October 14, 2011
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Jan
Helsinki, Finland179 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2011 • Solo
It´s impossible to miss the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, because it´s located right above the main metro station (Syntagma) of Athens and on front of the Hellenic Parliament building on Amalias Avenue. The most visible part of the monument is a relief of dying hoplite. It is honorably guarded 24/7 by two motionless Evzones (historical elite units of the Greek Army) of the Presidential Guard.

The Evzones wear uniform, which is a descendant of the klephts (soldiers who fought against Ottomans) uniform. It consists a cap with long black tassel, long sleeves, fustanella kilt, white stockings, black knee garters, shoes with black pompoms and a M1 Garand semi-automatic rifle.The uniform is changed according to the seasons. For some the sight is sacred and for some simply funny.

What is not funny but well respected and impressive is changing of the guard ceremony every hour of the day. The valiant model-like Evzones arrives slowly beating the ground fearlessly with their right foot and remain at attention on front of the small guardhouses. This is the time to take pictures with the soldiers if you want. Ask from their police surveillance and they will kindly assist you. Every Sunday 11 a.m. and on official holidays there is a bigger ceremonial change with military band that is absolutely a must to see!

By the way, some Greek guys told me that on January 2010 there was a handmade bomb thrown few meters from Evzones. The police asked them to leave and they refused to move while the bomb exploded right next to them. Also, Evzones have been seen motionlessly "crying" while demonstrations takes place on front of them, but not for the sake of their country or ruined city but amount of teargas on the air. I say they are not only manikins to amuse people but very brave men on duty!

Tips:
- In center of Athens Vasilissis Sofias Avenue and Amalias Avenue are closed to traffic every Sunday about 10 minutes due to a ceremonial change of guards.
- Syntagma Square is a commonplace of political demonstrations. Beware of going there at those times. Ask from your hotel or friends if such of actions has been planned before you go there especially on weekdays.
Written September 28, 2011
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Sarah b
Lytham St Anne's, UK2,275 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
The changing of the guard is a great free show, every day on the hour with a full ceremony on a Sunday morning. All in front of the parliament and the tomb of the unknown soldier.

In these covid time there are very few people and it is easy to get a good view and hear the sound of the segs on the Evzones pompom decorated shoes.
Written October 31, 2020
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