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Plateia Syntagmatos, Athens

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In the center of Athens, Plateia Syntagmatos has been an important site of Greek politics and history. The square's name references a military uprising in 1843, which resulted in Greece's first King, Otto, being forced to sign a constitution. A trip to the capital will inevitably have you passing through the square, but it's worth taking the time to appreciate the history that has unfolded here. See the Greek Parliament, housed in the Old Royal Palace, and catch the changing of the guard ceremony, which takes place just in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Stroll the massive National Gardens just behind the Parliament. Grab a bite to eat at one of the cafes lining the square and settle in for some people-watching. Use our Athens trip maker tool to add Plateia Syntagmatos and other attractions to your Athens vacation plans.
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  • Our first evening we strolled along Ermou to the city’s central area, admiring magnificent Parliament as it loomed into its Neo-Classical view. Bustling at all hours the Square is a magnet for...  more »
  • We were on our way to the museum of ancient Greek technology and stopped off here to see the tomb of the unknown soldier and see the changing of the guards. It was a Wednesday morning mid October...  more »
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