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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
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
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
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
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
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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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.