Changing of the Guard Athens Greece

Athens, Greece Changing of the Guard

The Presidential Guard (Evzones) stand guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier outside the Parliament Building which used to be the Royal Palace until 1843. The guards wear the traditional Greek white pleated skirts (fustanella), silk garters, tunic tops, clogs adorned with pom-poms and pillar box hats (phareon) with long tassels on their heads. the handsome chaps have to be 1.86 meters tall to be part of the Presidential Guard. The elite corps was founded in 1868 and there are only 120 in members.

Where: Syntagma Square, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

When: Every hour on the hour 24 hours a day – change over of two guards

11:00 Sunday the costumes are more elaborate and the change is done with a band and more guards

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