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Hellenic Parliament, Athens

#13 of 64 in Historic Sites in Athens
Government Building · Historic Site
Guarded by soldiers dressed in traditional attire, monumental Hellenic Parliament originally served as the official residence of Otto, the first modern king of Greece. Home to the country's supreme democratic institution since 1934, the building sits on the eastern side of a major public square in Athens. Built in the 1830s following the design of Bavarian architect Friedrich von Gartner, the building remains one of the city's major architectural treasures. The formal changing of the guards, an elaborate event resembling a slow and carefully choreographed dance, happens on the hour. Put Hellenic Parliament on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Athens trip planner.
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  • We were in Athens in early March 2020 when the city was in its first lock down for Covid 19. Due to this, when walking through the Syntagma square to get up to the steps of the Hellenic parliament...  more »
  • Our taxi driver to us about the soldiers who mount the guard here and we saw them marching to change over on our trim from the airport, so we had to go back and see the actual changing of the guard...  more »
  • A beautiful building with soldiers guard house and famous guard change.
  • Must-see. I mean the building is ok but the guards change really is something to see.

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