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Parliament

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Parliament.

Parliament features in these preplanned City Guides:

1-day Athens City Guide3-day Athens City Guide5-day Athens City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Guards in skirtlike garments

Time required: 20 minutes

Public transport:

  • Blue Metro Line: Syntagma station
  • Red Metro Line: Syntagma station

Address: Amalias Avenue and Vas. Georgiou Street, Athens

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Photo: wallyg

Things you need to know:

  • The Hellenic Parliament is located at Syntagma Square in central Athens. It is the most notable landmark in the city center
  • The building was built in 1842 as Bavarian-born King Otto's royal palace. Otto was Greece's first king after Greece won its independence from 4-century Turkish rule
  • Otto hired architects from Munich to design his palace. Hence the building's plain neoclassical design
  • The palace gives home to the Hellenic parliament since 1935. Greece has a unicameral legislature of 300 members
  • The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier fronts the palace. Two soldiers guard the tomb in traditional Greek outfit (foustanellas) and perform ceremonial exercises on the hour

What to do there:

  • Have a look at the neo-classical palace
  • Do not miss the elaborate ceremonial of the two guards

Tips & Insights:

  • You must make time on Sunday to see the Ceremonial Parade of Changing of the Guard

 

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