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Syntagma Square (Constitution Square)

This square was built in ancient times and remains at the center of political and social activity in modern Athens. 

There’s always plenty going on at Syntagma (Constitution) Square, in the center of Athens. Walk up the marble steps and take a seat at one of the cafes to people watch, or go see the changing of the guard in front of the Greek Parliament. Pay your respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and experience the pride that the locals have in their heritage.

This isn’t necessarily a prime tourism spot, but you’ll inevitably wind up here, since it’s close to the Acropolis and other tourist attractions. The square is a popular meeting place for locals, and a great place to spend a few hours during a hot afternoon. Relax on one of shady lawns located at the north and south ends of the square. Or, find a seat at the center near the water fountain. The locals enjoy feeding the pigeons which congregate here during the warmer months.

The highlight of your visit here may be the changing of the guard at the Parliament Building, which takes place hourly every day. The full ceremony with official costumes takes place each Sunday at 11 a.m. Be sure to arrive a bit early to get a good viewing spot. Children in particular will enjoy watching the synchronized movements. The guards wear tunics and kilts, white tights and eye-catching footwear decorated with pom-poms. The same type of kilts, or fustanellas, were worn during ancient Minoan times, four thousand years ago.

Syntagma Square is bordered by Vassileos Georgiou A’ Street to the north and Othonos Street to the south. The Syntagma metro station will take you right there. In fact, it’s the hub of public transportation in the city: buses, trolleys, trams, and the metro all stop here.


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Lodging Near Syntagma Square

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Royal Olympic Hotel

Royal Olympic Hotel

28-34 Athanasiou Diakou Str, Athens
4.1
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This luxury Athens hotel is located just in front of the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Acropolis. Recently refurnished offers a variety of rooms and suites overlooking the Temple or the swimming pool garden.

$99
Amalia Hotel Athens

Amalia Hotel Athens

10 Amalias Avenue, Athens
4.5
of 5, from 1,484 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Athens City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Athens National Garden, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and Jewish Museum of Greece. Benaki Museum and Acropolis Museum are also within 15 minutes.

$72
Plaka Hotel

Plaka Hotel

7, Kapnikareas & Mitropoleos St, Athens
4.5
of 5, from 1,415 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Athens hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Ancient Agora, Hellenic Parliament, and Acropolis Museum. Panathenaic Stadium is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) away.

$175
Electra Metropolis Athens

Electra Metropolis Athens

15 Mitropoleos Street, Athens
4.7
of 5, from 534 reviews
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Located in Athens City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Maria Callas Museum, Syntagma Square, and Hellenic Parliament. Roman Agora and Monastiraki Flea Market are also within 10 minutes.

$150
NJV Athens Plaza Hotel

NJV Athens Plaza Hotel

2, Vasileos Georgiou A’ str, Athens
4.2
of 5, from 539 reviews
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This modern hotel is located on Athens' Syntagma Square in the historical district adjacent to the Parliament building and National Garden and .5 mile from the Acropolis.

$80
Palladian Home

Palladian Home

Farmaki 2 & Kidathineon, Athens
4.7
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Located in Athens City Centre, this guesthouse is steps from Hellenic Children’s Museum and Arch of Hadrian. Acropolis Museum and Roman Agora are also within 10 minutes.

$216
King George, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens

King George, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens

3 Vasileos Georgiou A' Street, Athens
4.6
of 5, from 315 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Athens hotel is located in the historical district, steps from Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Hellenic Parliament, and Syntagma Square. Benaki Museum and Zappeion Hall are also within 10 minutes.

$26
Xenofontos Inn by Livin Urbban

Xenofontos Inn by Livin Urbban

Xenofontos 14, Syntagma, Athens
3.7
of 5, from 6 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Athens City Centre, this residence is steps from Athens National Garden and Syntagma Square. Hellenic Parliament and Roman Agora are also within 10 minutes.