SPECIALS/EVENTS IN THE AEGEAN SEA
SYNTAGMA SQUARE (ATHENS)
A place that has so much to tell: Syntagma Square is one of the city’s most popular meeting places – numerous hotels, bars, night clubs, cafes, shops and the University of Athens have settled all around. The parliament building and the national garden are worth visiting!
Syntagma, the Constitution Square, is the main square of the Greek capital. The area was created in 1837 and was henceforth the new center of downtown Athens.
Syntagma is limited at the top by the parliament building. The building served until 1838 as a royal palace. It is there where, from the balcony, King Otto announced his approval of the constitutional monarchy in 1849.
A special highlight is the ceremonial changing of the guards at the parliament building. The guards are dressed in a traditional short pleated skirt, tights and beak shoes, and on Sundays in a holiday uniform. The change ceremony takes place every hour. The parliament itself can only be visited on a few days a year, but entrance is then free.
Also, you should take a look under the earth of Syntagma: In the imposing subway station under the square, archaeological finds that were discovered during the construction work in the 1990s are displayed.
And there is so much more: The National Garden, formerly the palace garden, invites you to take a stroll and offers a trip into the countryside right in the middle of the city. Across the park you will reach the Zappeion, an old exhibition hall with a beautiful courtyard and the antique Kallimarmaro stadium rebuilt in 1896 for the Olympic Games.
Syntagma is worth a visit by day and by night. Experience Athens in its colorful diversity!
Public Transport: Metro: Syntagama square line 2/3
Opened: National garden: daily and all day long
Parliament: only on a few day in the year, e.g. on opened doors days
Entrance fee: Free