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Syntagma square has been the most important place in Athens since it was build in 19th century, known at this time as Palace Square. In 1843, right after the installation of the first king of Greece, Otto and his wife Amalia, the military uprising took place. Dimitrios Kallergis and his soldiers demanded the granting of constitution. Of course they gathered in no other place than Palace Square so due to this event, since that time, this place was renamed to Constitution Square. In Greek it means Syntagma Square.
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Surrounded by Hotel Grande Brytagne in the north, Old Royal Palace, hosuing the Greek Parliament in the east, bus stops in the south and Ermou street leading to Monastiraki, Syntagma Square is definitely a heart of the Athens. I am not bluffing. Usually, this is a first place you get to see when you get off from the bus or metro from the airport. But this post was influenced more by the tomb of unknown soldier (which is in front of the Parliament) than the square itself and Evzones. Why?
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“During a demonstration in front of the Parliament in 2001, a Molotov coctail was thrown at one of the guardhouses. In no time, the wooden construction was engulfed in flames. The Evzone standing next to it didn’t even blink his eyes, let alone move, util the guard in stand uniform came and gave him the order to move. With a scorched and partly smoking uniform on one side, the Evzone did.”
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The monument is guarded 24 hours a day by the Presidential Guard, also known as Evzones who are wearing the traditional 19th century costume from southern Greece. Thanks to my sister, I had a pleasure to watch the ceremonial changing of the guard. Of course the changing time takes place every hour each day, however only on Sunday at 11 a.m. it has a traditional spirit in it. The event is crowded but do not loose your hope. Firstly the change happens in front of the tomb, later on soldiers move on to Amalias Avenue and walk along giving a show you will not forget for quite long.
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I have to admit, I would not have inspiration for this post if not reading other travel blogs. Chances for participating in this event by the chance are like winning a lottery 😉 So before my trip to Greece I made a homework and checked what the city has to offer. And I really hope my blog will also inspire some of you someday!
And if you are inspired by Evzones and want to learn more, click here. :)
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