Hellenic Parliament
Hellenic Parliament
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A beautiful columned building built in the classical Greek style.
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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 • 3 min walk
  • Nomismatokopio • 3 min walk
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA17,076 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
It's one of the huge buildings on the square in the center of town. You can get here easily on the Metro. The square is big and open, one searches for shade from the searing sun. The building is grand, but not pretty.
Written 24 March 2024
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom9,641 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
I wasn’t surprised to learn that this palatial looking Parliament was in fact built as a royal palace and was built in 1843, for the first king of Greece, Otto I and his wife, Queen Amalia.
Within a year of the palace being completed, a widespread popular revolt took place right outside its doors in Syntagma Square. The public demanded that Otto give up his position as absolute monarch and in the end, he was forced to concede this power and adopt a constitutional democracy instead.
We timed our visit with the Changing of the Guards (see separate review). It’s easy to do because it takes place every hour of every day.
A much more elaborate ceremony takes place at 11am on Sundays but we weren’t in Athens that day so we just saw the regular ceremony. It was still a real spectacle, involving very high leg kicks, extravagant swinging of limbs, slow-motion rhythmic marching, and a showy uniform, with a red felt cap, a pleated kilt, long white stockings with black garters and black shoes with absolutely enormous black pom poms.
The soldiers, known as the Evzones, guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, 24/7.
Written 4 December 2023
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tammyBaltimore_Md
Baltimore, MD2,419 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Nice to see the guards out from,very nice looking building as a drive by on tourist Hop on hop off buses
Written 9 November 2023
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Frank A
Waxhaw, NC7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Great place to watch changing of the guard. Beautiful grounds. The precision with with the military personnel operated was amazing.
Written 10 September 2023
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TheLush101
Cardiff, UK2,219 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
We arrived so that we could get a good spot to watch the changing of the guard. Definitely an experience to see how they do this (very different to Buckingham Palace!). Also great to see this building during the golden hour before sunset as it looks amazing in the setting sun.
Written 2 September 2023
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MS11M22S
United Kingdom180 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Fascinating to watch the elaborate tradition of changing of the guard that occurs every hour on the hour.
Our tour guide had explained ed the history behind their very particular outfits and their precise actions which made it even more interesting!!
If you’re in the area, definitely stop & have a look.
Written 1 July 2023
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AvidTraveler12
Winchester, UK1,840 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Taking up one side of Syntagma Square is the Hellenic Parliament building. In front of the building is the changing of the guard ceremony which takes place on the hour every hour.The square itself is modern and is the centre of Athens and well worth a visit in its own right.
Written 8 May 2023
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Silva
Estonia85 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
Nothing special about the house, but the monument is guarded by the Evzones and every full hour there is a change of soldiers. I recommend to take the time and watch it.
Written 16 April 2023
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_J_o_y_K_911_
London, UK178 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
Unless you are architecture fan or come here for a change of guards you can skip this. Much more interesting to see in Athens.
Written 13 April 2023
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Mark Waller
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
See the changing of the Guard. They have a unique form of drill moves.
I was there just before they changed into their traditional Summer uniform.
Written 5 April 2023
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