other important monuments in and around Athens
you'll find in the tiles below
On Sindagma Square there is the former Royal Palace, which is now the seat of parliament. Work on its construction began in 1836, when young Otton I arrived here.
In 1909, a fire consumed a large part of the building.
Due to the international situation and budget problems, no reconstruction was undertaken.
In 1924, the building became the seat of parliament.
In front of the parliament building is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
The monument was made in the years 1929 - 1930.
In the very center is the grave of unknown soldier. On the sides are quotes from Pericles' funeral speech. Next are bronze shields with the names of the places that commemorate the places of Greek fights.
Guards called Ewons play guards all day and night. Every hour, a 24-hour guard change takes place here.
On Sunday at 11:00 it is extremely solemn, it is attended by a small sub-unit and a military band.
The traditional outfit of the evons is worth paying attention to. Pleated short skirts, so-called fustanelles are pressed into 400 folds commemorating 400 years of Turkish captivity. On their head they wear red hats with Turkish fringes. They wear white gaiters with pompoms attached behind their knees. Pompoms are also decorated with caruchi, ironed red shoes. Wide leather belts are an important element of their clothing. They remind you that in the mountains the belt is a symbol of masculinity, at the same time it served as a money box, a saber was attached to it and pistols were stuck behind it. According to tradition, fustanelles with plates sewn in in them once played the role of flexible armor. They did not restrain movements in the mountain environment.
At that time, such combat clothing and equipment weighed about 30 kg.
location - see the map in the tile below
takes place at full hours around the clock
the most ceremonial check-in takes place on Sunday at 11:00
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