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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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  • Plateia Syntagmatos is a large open square in the center of Athens (right across from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier) that is a great place to meet up with friends/guides/family. The square has... 
    Plateia Syntagmatos is a large open square in the center of Athens (right across from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier) that is a great place to meet up with friends/guides/family. The square has...  more »
  • 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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  • The heart and most important place in Athens. I enjoyed this square this holiday season. Well lighted and beautiful at night. You will see every people there enjoys the ambience. You will really feel the spirit of christmas.
  • Looks lovely with the lights, and the Christmas tree is very impressive. Very busy 90% of the time, so watch your belongings, but it’s worth a wander. Lots to see for kids - last night Santa was there, with Mini and Mickey mouse, the paw patrol guys, balloon makers, elves and clowns. Since it’s the main square in Athens centre it’s easily accessible from public transport, and food/drinks wise there’s lots around too.
  • The Syntagma is the main central square in Athens. It's adorned with a nice (but not well maintained) park in the middle and the imposing Neo-classic Parliament edifice dominating. The best thing you can do here is watching the Parliament guard change, take some pics and that's it
  • Beautiful at Christmas. Central location for Athens. Metro, bus, taxi, hop on hop off buses can all be accessed here.
  • Christmas decor in Syntagma is up!!! Very festive and the decors are beautiful. Christmas is truly in the air. Check it out at night or before 7:00 am when the lights are on and it’s extra special!

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