The Greek Parliament on Syntagma Square. The former Greek royal palace, which now serves as parliament (Vouli) is situated in Syntagma Square (Constitution Square). It is also the residence of the president of Greece. The palace was built in six years, from 1836 to 1842 and was intended for King Otto, the first king of Greece and his wife Queen Amalia. The second King of Greece, King Georgios, also lived in this palace, but during his reign it burned twice. The building was deemed unfit for royal occupation. In 1924 the government decided to house the Greek Parliament in the building. Renovations continued until 1934.
Tomb of Unknown Soldier and Syntagma Square
The tomb of the unknown soldier at the front of the parliament building, was built in 1929-1930. Evzones guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. An Evzone (literally "well-dressed") is an elite soldier in traditional uniform. The changing of the guard, which takes place every hour, is a spectacular event. Around Syntagma Square are hotels, banks, ministries and offices. There are also trendy bars and nightclubs, which are open only in winter. The lively square never sleeps. The underground of Syntagma is worth seeing because there is the most beautiful metro station of Athens, where many finds from antiquity, found during construction, are exhibited.
Text: Jorgos and Wendy Nikolidakis - Text edited by Katrina Butzer