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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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  • Very nice area, much preferred to Plaka etc Mix of tourists and locals and clean safe settings Great location and atmosphere 
    Very nice area, much preferred to Plaka etc Mix of tourists and locals and clean safe settings Great location and atmosphere  more »
  • This is home to the Greek Parliament and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier sits in front of this building. That is where the hourly "changing of the guard" occurs which is a tourist highlight... 
    This is home to the Greek Parliament and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier sits in front of this building. That is where the hourly "changing of the guard" occurs which is a tourist highlight...  more »

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