Changing of the Guard Ceremony

Changing of the Guard Ceremony

Changing of the Guard Ceremony
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Neighbourhood: Syntagma
Perhaps the best place to get your bearings is Syntagma Square, crowned by the imposing Parliament building on its upper side and surrounded by other large structures, such as the exclusive Hotel Grande Bretagne. The grand avenues that lead towards Omonia are also full of massive Neoclassical edifices like the Numismatic Museum and those around smaller Platia Kolokotroni. Here you will find lots of travel agents, bookshops and fashion shops, especially on Ermou Street. Just south of Syntagma Square, you can take a breather in the lush National Gardens, which extend into the grounds of the Zappeio palace and beyond to the ancient Temple of Olympian Zeus.
How to get there
  • Syntagma • 1 min walk
  • Nomismatokopio • 4 min walk
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  • Anne DeAngelis
    12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get there early for Sunday ceremony
    Really interesting to see the culture of Greece. The Sunday morning processional is beautiful, but it gets VERY crowded and many people really couldn't see much. We got there at 1010 am and could see some but we are tall (5'8") and shorter folks or kids couldn't see anything if they were not in front.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 May 2023
  • nodaybut2day
    Winterport, Maine539 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Check it out if you’re in the area
    Simple, elegant and free. Close to a nice forest and the Olympic Stadium. Good for 15 or 20 minutes of entertainment. Watch their shoe scuffs that are part of the ritual. You can get some great photos if you’re close. Be respectful.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 June 2023
  • TWal1
    Canberra, Australia2,953 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Early Morning Stop
    We viewed the changing of the guard at 9am, which avoided the hot temperatures in the middle of the day. This precision ceremony is captivating with the deliberate military drill movements. The other noticeable feature is the impressive statue of the guards who look fit and must be at least 6 feet 4 inches tall. Traditional military culture at its best.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 September 2023
  • David T
    Whitley Bay, United Kingdom929 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see when in Athens!!
    We were told that the best time to see the changing of the guard was 11.00 on Sunday morning. We duly arrived with several hundred others. The pomp and ceremony was quite unique and interesting to observe. However, with the numbers watching, we missed a lot. So having realised the event happens one the hour every hour we went back at 15.00 on the same day. There were no crowd's anndd we got a much better view and it really was worth going back. Would recommend ass a must do when Inn Athens.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 21 October 2023
  • Ali921
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom1,459 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique ceremony.
    Unique ceremony. Get here early at least 30min beforehand. Stand on the left as you face the tomb. No one is allowed on the right and those facing the tomb directly are pushed back across the road.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 October 2023
  • andrewjenny
    Hervey Bay, Australia602 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique experience
    Was lucky enough to be in area when guards were changing. Great experience to see this unique part of Athens culture. Happens everyday at 1pm. Get a little bit early so you can be at front to view.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 January 2024
  • JohnRegoPark
    Rego Park, New York1,232 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Precision and poise
    We made the mistake of appearing at the bottom of the hour. The ceremony at the top of the hour is a lot more interesting and formal. There is a lot of slow motion posing and stepping to an unheard rhythm. I would suggest going for the spectacle.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 May 2024
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Minh H
Birmingham, AL452 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Pretty interesting. They wear traditional Greek uniforms. Get there early and middle area to get the best look. They do the change on the hour, every hour with a special one on Sunday
Written 27 May 2024
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raja K
United States7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Greece is awesome Crete is must visit island Elafonisi beach is must see. Santorini we visited and took some awesome pictures
Written 20 May 2024
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Baggio1018
London, UK273 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We went at before half past the hour and stays beyond the hour and were rather disappointed.
Contrary to the photo on this listing, what we saw was two soldiers marching in a ceremonial way to exchange their places at two guard posts, that was it.

Luckily, we had that bit of time to spare but would have been annoyed if we went out of our way to see this!
Written 19 May 2024
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janefromcairns
Redlynch, Australia266 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We went to the parade on Sunday - get there early as very busy . I stood on corner of road righting side facing Syntagma Square - so you can see the marching band and soldiers .
Written 17 May 2024
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Dazshez
Perth, Australia26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
A must see when you go to Athens.
Steeped in tradition and a great ceremony that gets you enthralled into a little of Greece history
Just do it
Written 11 May 2024
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JohnRegoPark
Rego Park, NY1,232 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We made the mistake of appearing at the bottom of the hour. The ceremony at the top of the hour is a lot more interesting and formal. There is a lot of slow motion posing and stepping to an unheard rhythm. I would suggest going for the spectacle.
Written 4 May 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
PROS
* Special colorful military parade event that happens every hour
* Unique colorful special traditional uniforms
* Traditional military marches and coordination
* Special spectacle event that represents Greek history and traditions
* Accompanied by a marching band (at least on Sundays at 11am)

CONS
* It can be crowded, especially Sunday 11am
* Sometimes difficult to see
* Police require spectators to be a good distance away from these Evzone guards

"I VISITED THIS PLACE"...
...because it was one of the two things that i intended to do during my long weekend in Athens (I had already visited the Acropolis- see my "helpful" 👍 review and many photos 📷). I remembered that my parents had been at this in 1983, and now, I wanted to see it for myself.

As per advice on tripadvisor forum, I was sure that we arrived at least half an hour early- actually 40 minutes. There wasn't much to do except stand there. At twenty minutes to the hour, the police took us back way across the street. I was still able to secure a very good view at curbside. My daughter was bored just standing there, so she went shopping in Syntagma Square, but returned in time to see the event.

The marching band arrived from the left side of the Hellenic Parliament building at 10:50 and paraded in front of us. The high stepping precision team Evzone guards followed behind marching onto the street. They entered the plaza of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and did their ritual. Afterwards, an officer in more standard army green uniform inspected and instructed the Evzone soldiers as they stood near their guard boxes.

I enjoyed the sho-wmore than my daughter did. She send live video to her brother, who immediately commented, Dad loves this kind of stuff."

WAS IT WORTH THE COST?
Yes and it was free

WOULD "I VISIT THIS PLACE" AGAIN?
Yes for sure

ADVICE
* Get there early- at least 20-30 minutes, especially for Sunday at 11am
* Stand to the left as you face the Parliament building or across the street. Otherwise, you will be moved eventually by the police, and before the ceremony begins.

FULL DISCLOSURE
"I visited this place" with the plan to write a "helpful" 👍 review and to attach "helpful" photos 📷 here on tripadvisor, so if these did "help" you, please indicate that by tikking the "thumbs up" 👍 symbol. Thanks.
Written 1 May 2024
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alexandrar228
Dubai, United Arab Emirates559 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
I was lucky to be in the neighborhood so I waited 15 mn, I was in first line, it gets pretty crowded when it starts. It is interesting to see that they still follow some traditions. And it is also free, which is nice for a change
Written 28 April 2024
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JustMeinNS
Halifax, Canada61 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
We arrived at 10am on a Sunday to see the 11am ceremony. We found a spot but then a bunch of young police made the whole crowd move across the street. This could have been fine. Lots of people had arrived early and had good positions for viewing from across the street. However, at the last minute, the police let the crowds gathering at the sides to flood the area in front of all of the people who had been there early. At this point we couldn’t see a thing and missed the ceremony. Very disappointed in the police.
Written 26 April 2024
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649001
Springfield294 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
If you are visiting Athens on Sunday and able to go to Syntagma Square at 11 - go to see Changing of the Guard. It is right at the exist of metro station. Just don't expect anything extraordinary. The uniform is very unusual. But you cannot see the ceremony well since you cannot get close. The crowd just coming in front of those who are already waiting. If you are not tall - forget it!
Written 21 April 2024
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