Syntagma Square/Parliament, Athens
Favorite thing: The plain, neoclassical buildiing which is the Parliament of the Greeks today, was between 1834 - 1838 as the palace of the first kings. In front of the bulilding is the monument of the Unknown soldier, with the two guards, called "Evzoni" who are the presidential guards.
Favorite thing: Here beats the heart of the modern city. The Parliament at the east of the square reminds the derivation of its name. In 1843 the Greeks reciever their first constitution from king Othon, after many demonstrations. Now in this area there are the most important companies and banks, and also one of the main central shopping road starts from Sintagma square.
A free wifi Internet connection service is now available on Syntagma square. This service is going to be free ultil December 2007 (that's the plan at the moment). More information on www.athenswifi.gr
So now, with either a laptop or mobile supporting wifi technologies, you can connect for free to Internet, while enjoying your coffee on the square's cafe... Ok, that's good news!
Favorite thing: Syndagma Square is what I consider to be the heart of Athens. It is a central place, close to everything and filled with restaurants, hotels, shops (it's where the commercial Ermou street starts), lots of people and lots of dogs! The ceremony in the tomb of the Unknown Soldier takes place here.
If you want to feel the taste of Athens take a walk from one main square of the city - OMONIA to another one - SINDAGMA. Near Sindagma there is the PARLIAMENT BUILDING, where the change of guards takes place every hour. If you walk a little further, you'll se ATHENS STADIUM where the first Olympic Games of our epoch took place (1896, organized by Pierre de Coubertin).
Fondest memory: The Parliament is guarded by tall and handsome national guardsmen dressed in national costumes and strange shoes. The shoes weigh 3,5 kilos each! The procedure of changing the guards is very amusing - the movements of soldiers remind of ballet pas.
Flanking the eastern side of Syntagma Square is the former Royal Palace, now the Parliament Building.
It's an exciting experience to watch the changing of the guard in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The dressing of these guards are funny. :-)
Syntagma Sq. is the site of Ex-King Othos' palace and now home to the Parliament Building or 'Vouli' of the Greek Government. It is among the most ordered and well planned out parts of the city and the logh-iko or logical place to center oneself.
From Syntagma one can see the Acropolis (512 ft.) and Mt. Lykabethus (1000 ft.) with its Church of St. George.
The square is a conflicting mixture of bumper to bumper cars and shoulder to shoulder people on its lower permiter and a more serene, wide, tree shaded, central expanse; the focus of which is a brown marble fountain just visible in the center of the picture above right. The benches provide ample room to take a break in the shade.
The Hellenic Parliament in Amalias Avenue.The street on the left is Vassilissis Sofias (Queen's Sofia) Avenue.
Outside of the Parliament you can see Evzonoi right and left of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Syntagma is maybe the most center spot in the city.
near the squere you can see the parlament building and the national gardens.