Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Athens

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
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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
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ERFSU82
Wellington, FL1,121 contributions
Family
The changing of the guard is a unique ceremony that is well worth seeing while in Athens. You can usually get fairly close for good photo opportunities.

TIP: The guards come and go from the entrance on the north side of the building. If you stand on the sidewalk near the NW corner (at the intersection of Leoforos Vasilissis Sofias and Leoforos Vasilissis Amalias), you can watch them up close as they walk down the sidewalk to begin the ceremony.
Written January 15, 2022
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Hany G
Bakersfield, CA955 contributions
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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snowdrop18
Oakville, Canada26 contributions
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, MA9,357 contributions
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, Finland188 contributions
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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Dirk W
Alexandra Headland, Australia5,110 contributions
Couples
The images of the changing of the guards in front of Parliament House and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, are iconic and representative of a proud Greece history. It is performed every hour on the hour by an elite light infantry unit, the Evezone's. These guys are some of the finest and it is an honor for them to take part in this ceremony. So when you go see them, show respect.
Written July 21, 2019
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Corvette87
Sarasota, FL242 contributions
My mumm and I really enjoyed watching the changing of the guard. I might suggest as we did then going to see National Gardens. It's a good walk. We then came back and had wonderful lunch across street at Grand Bretagne Hotel roof top restaurant with best views of city. Enjoy!
Written November 9, 2010
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Johann&Sandra
8,374 contributions
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier isn't much of an attraction on it's own, but the changing of the guard that happens every hour is something a first-time visitor will want to see. It is quite uniquely different than other guard changings in other European countries. On Sundays you have a whole parade that is quite fun to watch. It is located in front of the Palace across the street from Syntagma Square.
Written September 22, 2010
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Sarah b
Lytham St Anne's, UK1,528 contributions
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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PaulrSunderland
Sunderland, UK246 contributions
Friends
A must do when in Athens.. Sunday morning 11am is when you get the full show.. Superb.. Don't forget your camera
Written February 8, 2020
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