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October 31, 2008
From journal Athens - Cradle of Civilization
October 24, 2000
Top tourist attraction in the Square is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier which is watched over by guards wearing EVZONE costumes, which is the traditional male Greek costume comprising of pleaded white skirt and shirt, red vest and hat and shoes with pompons. They look rather cute! The best time to see the changing of the guards is Sundays at noon, when the big ceremony takes place. I believe that the early event starts at around 11 or 11:30 am, when a garrison of soldiers starts marching down the street with a military band playing. When they approach the Tomb, they stop in an orderly fashion, wait until noon, then the ceremony of changing of the guards begins. It's really quite intersting as there is so much tradition and ceremony involved. The soldiers take these long meticulous steps: I was amazed to see how they keep their balance while standing on one leg.
There isn't much else to see in Syntagma Square itself, but from here you'll have easy access to the National Gardens, as well as Plaka and Omounia Square. Somehow, my every day in Athens started and ended here.
From journal Athens - could be your best vacation ever!