Syntagma Square

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Syntagma Square which includes a city, street scenes and an administrative buidling

This square was built in ancient times and remains at the center of political and social activity in modern Athens.

There’s always plenty going on at Syntagma (Constitution) Square, in the center of Athens. Walk up the marble steps and take a seat at one of the cafes to people watch, or go see the changing of the guard in front of the Greek Parliament. Pay your respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and experience the pride that the locals have in their heritage.

This isn’t necessarily a prime tourism spot, but you’ll inevitably wind up here, since it’s close to the Acropolis and other tourist attractions. The square is a popular meeting place for locals, and a great place to spend a few hours during a hot afternoon. Relax on one of shady lawns located at the north and south ends of the square. Or, find a seat at the center near the water fountain. The locals enjoy feeding the pigeons which congregate here during the warmer months.

The highlight of your visit here may be the changing of the guard at the Parliament Building, which takes place hourly every day. The full ceremony with official costumes takes place each Sunday at 11 a.m. Be sure to arrive a bit early to get a good viewing spot. Children in particular will enjoy watching the synchronized movements. The guards wear tunics and kilts, white tights and eye-catching footwear decorated with pom-poms. The same type of kilts, or fustanellas, were worn during ancient Minoan times, four thousand years ago.

Syntagma Square is bordered by Vassileos Georgiou A’ Street to the north and Othonos Street to the south. The Syntagma metro station will take you right there. In fact, it’s the hub of public transportation in the city: buses, trolleys, trams, and the metro all stop here.

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The Pinnacle Athens
The Pinnacle Athens
5 out of 5
75 Eolou & Evripidou, Athens
The price is ¥6,737 per night from Dec 2 to Dec 2
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Athens Gate Hotel
Athens Gate Hotel
4 out of 5
10 Syngrou Avenue, Athens, Attiki
The price is ¥10,369 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 7
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The Stanley
The Stanley
4 out of 5
1 Odisseos Str., Athens, Attiki
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The price is ¥8,056 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 1
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The Pinnacle Athens
The Pinnacle Athens
5 out of 5
75 Eolou & Evripidou, Athens
The price is ¥6,737 per night from Dec 2 to Dec 2
The Pinnacle Athens
Athens Gate Hotel
Athens Gate Hotel
4 out of 5
10 Syngrou Avenue, Athens, Attiki
The price is ¥10,369 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 7
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The Stanley
The Stanley
4 out of 5
1 Odisseos Str., Athens, Attiki
The price is ¥8,056 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 1
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Plaka Hotel
Plaka Hotel
3 out of 5
7, Kapnikareas & Mitropoleos St, Athens, Attiki
The price is ¥8,650 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 1
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Electra Palace Athens
Electra Palace Athens
5 out of 5
18 - 20 N Nikodimou Street, Athens, Attiki
The price is ¥17,527 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 10
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Elia Ermou Athens Hotel
Elia Ermou Athens Hotel
4 out of 5
15-17 Ermou, Athens, Atikki
The price is ¥13,570 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 20
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Divani Palace Acropolis
Divani Palace Acropolis
5 out of 5
19 25 Parthenonos St, Athens, Attiki
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Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens
Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens
5 out of 5
1 Vasileos Georgiou A' str., Syntagma Square, Athens, Attiki
The price is ¥41,070 per night from Dec 24 to Dec 24
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Astor Hotel
Astor Hotel
4 out of 5
16 Karagiorgi Servias Street, Athens, Attiki
The price is ¥6,865 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
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