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Parliament Building
Parliament Building

Parliament Building

8.275 reviews
Sights and Museums, Government Building, Historic Site
Ranked #11 in Athens things to do
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Λεωφόρος Βασιλίσσης Σοφίας 2, Athens, Greece
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The Greek Parliament building in Athens, constructed between 1836 and 1840 by Ludwig I of Bavaria for his son, King Otto of Greece, was originally intended to serve as Royal Palace for the new king ... Read more
after the expulsion of the Ottoman Turks. Formerly housing the Greek parliament, and after witnessing countless critical turning points in Greek politics, including assassination, multiple revolutions, and the formation of the Republic, the Old Parliament, or Old Palace, represents the rich history of Athens and the Greeks, and is currently used as the Greek National Historical Museum.

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Anchorage, Alaska, USA

Located in the center of Athens, this is where the changing of the guards takes place.

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Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA

Fascinating to watch the changing of the guard here. Very accessible with lots of transportation nearby.

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Platistomo, Greece

The Hellenic Parliament (Greek: Βουλή των Ελλήνων, "Parliament of the Hellenes", transliterated Voulí ton Ellínon) is the parliament of Greece, located in the Old Royal Palace, overlooking Syntagma Square in Athens. The Parliament is the supreme democratic institution that represents the citizens through an elected body of Members of Parliament (MPs).

It is a unicameral legislature of 300 members, elected for a four-year term. During 1844–63 and 1927–35 the parliament was bicameral with an upper house, the Senate, and a lower house, the Chamber of Deputies, which retained the name Vouli. Several important Greek statesmen have served as Speakers of the Hellenic Parliament.

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Jakarta, Indonesia

Don't miss visiting this place during guard changing, which happened every hour.

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Marsaxlokk

Overlooking Syntagma Square, the Old Royal Palace has housed the Hellenic Parliament since 1934. It is built in the Neoclassical architectural style.

Every Sunday morning people gather in Syntagma Square to watch the official changing of the guards, in full costume.

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Local from Athens, Greece

The Hellenic Parliament is the parliament of Greece, located in the Old Royal Palace, overlooking Syntagma Square in Athens.

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Glasgow, UK

Sitting on Syntagma Square this is a famous landmark in Athens and is a good photo opportunity. There are guards out front and if you arrive at the right time you will be able to see them do a short march and change. Good idea to come back in the evening as it is beautifully lit up.

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Platistomo, Greece

The Old Royal Palace is the first Royal Palace of modern Greece, completed in 1843. It has housed the Hellenic Parliament since 1934. The Old Palace is situated at the heart of modern Athens, facing onto the Syntagma Square .

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Padua, Italy

Located in a very central position the parliament building is quite old and anonymous. However you can see the famous Greek guards standing in front of it, in their original outfit.

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Rochester, Minnesota, USA

We also didn't get to go inside the Parliament building, but we did get a chance to see the guards marching in front of Parliament. Definitely something that should be on your to-do list for Athens.

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Sydney, Australia

well worth watching change of guard, pleased didn't have to march as they do can feel the legs even now

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Mesa, Arizona, USA

I got to see the guards doing a routine in front of the tomb of the unknown soldier. Very interesting and cool to watch.

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Bedford, New Hampshire, USA

I would recommend visiting on a day when there isn't a protest, but those seem few and far between lately. If you do go, be sure to find out when the guards change their station. Between the uniforms and their march, I thought the changing of the guards in Athens was better than at Buckingham Palace.

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Huntington Beach, California, USA

If you are in Athens you can't miss the hourly changing of the guards.
It is traditional and a must!

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Fort Worth, Texas

We walked by not realizing what the building was until we saw the guards. We spent some time just watching the guards do their thing.

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Do You know the filling when You see something on TV and You say: "Hey, I was there."
Well i had that filling a few days ago. This place is not that magnificent as the rest of Greece but it does leave a mark in Your brain that when You see it You automaticly know that it is Athens

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Pittsford (town), New York

If you have been watching the news you can see that the protests are usually done in this area. It is the center of the political strife that is going on recently in Greece. They also have the neat guards with the unusual uniforms. You can take your picture with the guard at the little hut. My wife looked like a midget next to him - I don't think of the Greeks being that tall.

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London, UK

Really not that impressive. We were looking for it left and right without realizing that we were right in front of the Parliament Building, because it is so ordinary. There is a little square in front of it and that square is filled with pigeons. I don't remember seeing a whole lot of people hanging around there. I think the most interesting thing we saw there was the guards in traditional Greek army clothing walking around a big. It was quite an underwhelming experience.

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Banjul, Gambia

Love the march parade by the guards on duty.

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Burnaby, British Columbia

nice old buildings

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