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  • Address: Syntagma Square, Athens, Attica, Greece 10021, Greece
  • Hours: Main Library open Mon–Fri 9am–2pm, 5:30pm–8:30pm; Sat 9am–2pm. Otherwise by pre-booked guided tour.

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Parliament Building (Vouli) Tours

Bordering the east side of Athens’ focal Syntagma Square, the Parliament Building was completed in 1842 as the royal residence of Otto, the first king of the newly independent Greece. The vast and rather severe Neoclassical palace was designed by German architect Friedrich von Gärtner but was badly damaged by a fire in 1909, when the Royal Family decamped to the Crown Prince’s Palace nearby. It was not until 1932, eight years after the abolition of the Greek monarchy in 1924, that Parliament moved into Von Gärtner’s splendid building, from where its 300 representatives, elected for four years, have directed the country ever since. The Main Library is open to the public and other areas of the Parliament Building can be viewed by pre-booked guided tour.

One of Greece’s most important monuments, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which was inaugurated on Greek National Day (March 25 1932), the centenary of independence from Turkey, sits outside the Parliament Building. It attracts tourists in their throngs to witness the hourly spectacle of the Changing of the Guard by kilted soldiers from the Evzones (Presidential Guard); a more elaborate ceremony, with marching bands, is held every Sunday at 11am.

Practical Info

Syntagma Square, Athens. Main Library open Mon–Fri 9am–2pm, 5.30pm–8.30pm; Sat 9am–2pm. Guided tours are available Mon–Fri 9am–8pm by advance arrangement. Take Metro Lines 2 or 3 to Syntagma Square.

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Historical Athens and Acropolis of Athens Walking Tour, Athens, null
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Historical Athens and Acropolis of Athens Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 20 Reviews

Unearth the wonders of Ancient Greece with this 3-hour walking tour of the Acropolis of Athens and the city’s key historical sights. See the Greek Parliament, ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.09
Athens Half Day Private Tour, Athens, Walking Tours
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Athens Half Day Private Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Explore Athens with a Half Day Private tour with English speaking driver. A well designed and organized sightseeing tour in Athens is the perfect way to get to ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Athens Half-Day Sightseeing Tour, Athens, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Athens Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

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Combine the sights of modern Athens with sites of historical importance on a 3.5-hour morning or afternoon tour by luxury coach. With an expert guide on hand ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: Varies

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Athens Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour plus Half-Day Cape Sounion Trip, Athens, Bus & Minivan ... 
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Athens Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour plus Half-Day Cape Sounion Trip

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Discover two beautiful, fascinating Ancient Greece locations with this Athens Super Saver. With your guide, explore Athens and visit breathtaking monuments ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

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Athens Full Day Tour with Lunch, Athens, Super Savers
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Athens Full Day Tour with Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 49 Reviews

From the Acropolis to Omonia Square, you'll see with this full day trip all the famous sites of ancient and modern Athens. Offering a perfect overview of the ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $142.39
Athens Electric Bike Tour, Athens, Full-day Tours
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Athens Electric Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 66 Reviews

Tick off Athens’ most famous sights on this 2.5 to 3-hour electric bike tour. With a local leading the way and your electric motor doing the hard work for you, ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hrs

From USD $53.39
Guided Sightseeing Shore Excursion Tour of Athens, Athens, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Guided Sightseeing Shore Excursion Tour of Athens

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Your 8-hour group tour of Athens includes a professional licensed guide and transportation to and from Pireaus port. After meeting with your professional ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.00
Half-Day Private Taxi Service: Historical Athens City Tour, Athens, Ports of Call Tours
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Half-Day Private Taxi Service: Historical Athens City Tour

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Tour in the heart of Athens. Visit the Acropolis, Temple of Zeus, Greek parliament, Panathenaic Stadium and many more with your 4-hour private taxi and ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.26
Acropolis Walking Tour, Including Syntagma Square and Historical City Center, Athens, Historical & ... 
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Acropolis Walking Tour, Including Syntagma Square and Historical City Center

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 225 Reviews

One for all you history buffs! Discover Athens' ancient history on this fascinating city walking tour with an expert local guide! Venture inside the ancient ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Athens Night Segway Tour, Athens, Walking Tours
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Athens Night Segway Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 27 Reviews

See the highlights of Athens by night on this evening Segway tour, led by an expert local guide! On your self-balancing electric Segway, explore buzzing ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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