Syntagma Square, Athens
The Athenians rose up on September 3, 1843, against King Otto of Greece in Syntagma Square, also known as Constitution Square.
The Hellenic Parliament, an impressive structure built between 1836 and 1842 as the Royal Palace for King Otto, presides over the square.
There are two Presidential Guards in a peculiar traditional outfit called “Evzones” that stand guard over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front of the Parliament building around the clock. Every hour on the hour, visitors can witness the changing of the guard, although the most impressive event takes place on Sundays at 10 a.m.
The luxurious Hotel Grande Bretagne may be found on one of the squares that surround Syntagma. Built in 1842, this luxury establishment first opened its doors to guests in 1874. Famous people often choose to stay at this old inn.
Ermou Street, one of the city’s major shopping thoroughfares, begins at the top of Syntagma Square. Among the busiest thoroughfares in Athens, it never sleeps.
Syntagma Square is a major tourist attraction. Concerts and festivals are held there, and it serves as the hub for the city’s many protests. Whether they’re enjoying a drink at one of the many bars, perusing the various stalls, people-watching, or logging some free Wi-Fi, the plaza is usually bustling with activity.
Syntagma Square is a major thoroughfare for tourists because of its central location to the city.