Change of Guards
Change of Guards
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Neighbourhood: 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 • 1 min walk
  • Nomismatokopio • 4 min walk

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Bruce S
Hat Head, Australia19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Every hour, on the hour, you can witness the curious ritual of the Evzones’ (Hellenic presidential guards) change shifts at Syntagma Square. The hitherto statue-still guards suddenly click into action with a funky dance move. Looking like Malvolio from “Twelfth Night” with their gartered stockings, fancy tunics and shoes dominated by enormous black tufts, the Evzones rigidly march around like Thunderbird marionettes with exaggeratedly high steps that John Cleese would be proud of. A must-see if it’s your first time in Athens.
Written 16 October 2023
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Baldofafe
Vendas Novas, Portugal201 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Although you can see it every day at the hour, the big ceremony occurs every Sunday at 11 am. Very colorful uniforms.
Written 29 August 2022
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gatormotherof2
Washington DC, DC466 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
Pomp and circumstance in 109 degree temperatures. If you’re in the vicinity and within minutes of the commencement of the “show”, then add it to your “to do” list, but don’t feel obligated nor disappointed if this were missed - this pales in comparison to the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace 😉
Written 8 August 2021
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REDMAN
Egaleo, Greece4,526 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Young infantries, tall, standing there and guarding the point of memory To The Dead Unknown Soldiers who lost their lives for the country.
The change of guard is happening every hour.
Written 20 March 2020
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abhinav goel
11 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
This synchronised act is delight to see. This happens in front of parliament n every hour. U will be mesmerised to see how each step is in sync. Best time to go is when there is crowd cheering the guards.
Written 2 March 2020
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Jessi G
Green Bay, WI313 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
We viewed the changing of the guard at noon, it was spectacular! Our tour guide had already informed us of history & the significance of the guards uniform. It was a sight to see. The synchronized movements, the purposeful meaning behind it all was recognized. Especially since the guards are doing this for free.
Written 16 January 2020
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Steve T
261 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
Very disappointed, can’t to Athens Saturday to ensure we could see this. Unfortunately cancelled due to the weather. While ground was definitely wet it didn’t seem that bad out to me. Seems like this would be worth it but not if they cancel for minimal reasons.
Written 29 December 2019
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David B
Rochdale, UK221 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
This charmingly eccentric ceremony is unique in my experience and well worth watching. The precision of the marching and the guards’ ability to remain motionless for long periods is a tribute to excellent training and patriotism. Highly recommended.
Written 4 November 2019
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Julia
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Family
There is a Change of guards every hour at Sintagma Square and a longer one on Sunday at 11.00 am. It's a couple of minutes walk from the metro station. I've been there two times while in Athens. The first time I watched it in the early afternoon. It was really hot (no shade there) and a bit crowded. The second time it was evening (around 8.00 pm) and there was hardly anyone. Also the building that gives the background is much more impressive at night time with the lights on. The Change of guards itself is worth watching. Interesting movements and traditional uniforms.
Written 5 October 2019
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Emanuele Ornella
Athens, Greece70 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
These guys are really incredible, You can see many videos on youtube. But it is worth to be there for the hour of half an hour to see their "dancing".
Do not laugh: this is extremely serious for them.
What is amazing is that there are policemen and other soldiers to control the tourists.
This is more a free touristic show rather than something useful in the second millennium.
Good to show your kids or teenagers.
Written 2 September 2019
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