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  • Address: Syntagma Square, Athens, Greece
  • Hours: Open daily 24hrs
  • Admission: Free

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Syntagma Square

Syntagma Square is the heart of modern Athens. Also known as Constitution Square, it is a huge public plaza stretching out in front of the Greek Parliament Building. The scene for many celebrations and demonstrations, the square has recently been refurbished as part of the development of the Athens metro system.

Gleaming with white marble and suitably formal with its symmetry and statues, it is a place for meeting friends, sheltering from the sun under trees, or just sitting and people watching. Many of the city's most important streets begin here: Ermou Street for expensive shopping, and Vassilissis Sophias Avenue, also known as Museum Mile.

The neoclassical Parliament Building at one end of Syntagma Square was built around 1843 as a palace for the unwelcome King Otto of Bavaria. It had 365 rooms and one bathroom. Hopefully when it was remodeled in 1910 to house Parliament this ratio was changed. The square was once Queen Amalia's private gardens.

In front of the Parliament Building, the elite Presidential Guards, or Ezvones, guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier 24 hours a day and you can watch the official Changing of the Guard at 11am on Sundays. On other days they march around and change places every hour.

Practical Info

Syntagma metro station is below and has several entrances around the square. Syntagma Square is a hub for transport in Athens and there are buses galore. From here you can also catch the coastal tram to the beaches. The National Gardens are just across the road from the square.

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Acropolis Walking Tour Including Syntagma Square and Historical City Centre, Athens, null
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Acropolis Walking Tour Including Syntagma Square and Historical City Centre

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Private Tour: Half day Athens Sightseeing and Acropolis Museum, Athens, Walking Tours
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Private Tour: Half day Athens Sightseeing and Acropolis Museum

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Take a private tour of the ancient city of Athens with a personal guide. You will visit the Acropolis, icon of Athens perched on its plateau, and walk to ...  Read more

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

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Athens For Foodies: More than a Greek Food Tour, Athens, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Athens For Foodies: More than a Greek Food Tour

Our 4 hour Athens Food Tour offers more than 15 authentic tastings (a huge meal!) at a diversity of places like the Athens Central market, shops, bakeries, ...  Read more

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Athens Half-Day Sightseeing Self-Guided Tour, Athens, Food Tours
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Essential Athens Highlights: Private Half Day Tour, Athens, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Essential Athens Highlights: Private Half Day Tour

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Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Private Shopping Tour in Athens, Athens, Custom Private Tours
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Private Shopping Tour in Athens

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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

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Athens Super Saver: Acropolis Walking Tour plus Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Trip, ... 
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See the best of Athens and its surrounding highlights on this sightseeing super saver that combines two best-selling tours at a saving of 10%! Begin with a ...  Read more

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

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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

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Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

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