National Gardens

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  • Day13

    Syntagma Square

    October 4, 2017 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Today was Athens Tours a la Tourist. The day started with a metro ride to Syntagma Square, the central square on the steps of parliament house. Parliament house was originally a palace. It was initially built as the residence of King Otto but has been used as the house of parliament since 1934. Historically and socially this square has significant importance to Greeks.

    The name comes from the uprising in 1843 when the military gathered in the square and demanded a constitution from King Otto. Unsurprisingly Syntagma means constitution.

    Within the square you can find the tomb of the unknown solider which is guarded by Evzones. These men are elaborated dressed complete with pompoms on their shoes. Every hour there is a changing of the guard, and they do some crazy marching complete with high kicks.

    We then strolled through the botanical gardens taking in the beautiful Zappieon (yellow building) which is used for meetings, ceremonies and private functions.
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  • Day9

    Changing of the guards, Syntagma

    July 2, 2016 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Every hour, 24 hrs a day, there is a chaining of the guards ceremony at the Parliament building, Syntagma. Syntagma is located on the city center. They guards are called Evzones and they wear traditional uniforms form the 1800s. The Evzones kilt-like 'foustanela' has 400 pleats in it that represent the 400 years of Turkish occupation.Read more

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