The changing of the guards at the Greek Parliament in Athens happens everyday. But only at certain times of the day. I didn’t even know this event exists until I was in Syntagma one afternoon. While sitting at one of the benches there, I suddenly heard a commotion not far from where I was. Being curious, I checked out where the agog was, and I saw these guards marching right in front of me.
I was told that these Greek guards are members of a select military group called Evzones.
You will find them at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front of the Hellenic Parliament across Syntagma Square.
On weekdays, they wear this pleated kilt uniform. And oh dear, look at those shoes! Aren’t they fabulous? 😉
The changing of the guard ceremony happens every hour from Monday to Saturday.
However, if you want to see a longer and more spectacular ceremony, be there at 11 AM on a Sunday.
After the ceremony, the agile guards are back to business. They stand there for an hour – expressionless and motionless. Proof that they are motionless whatever happens was the unfortunate event in 2001. Someone threw a molotov cocktail at the sentry box and the guard didn’t even flinch! He didn’t move away until he was told! Goodness! If that were me I would have flown already! 😉
Related Post: Tourist Attractions in Athens
If you want to stay in the heart of ancient Athens with a fantastic view of the Acropolis and the Parthenon from your room window, then, A for Athens Hotel in Monastiraki is your best bet. You can book it via Booking.com, Expedia, and Booking.com. The hotel also has a rooftop bar and restaurant with a breathtaking view of the ancient sites nearby. Remember that Monastiraki area is where you can walk to all the ancient sights you want to see in Athens.
If you’re a budget traveler, there are a couple of hostels in this area, too. Try City Circus Athens Hostel and Bedbox – both are nice hostels to stay in. You can book either of them via HostelWorld and Booking.com.