Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Monument in Syntagma & Plaka

Image by Marissa Tejada Lonely Planet

In front of the parliament building, the traditionally costumed evzones (presidential guards) stand by the tomb and change every hour on the hour. On Sunday at 11am, a whole platoon marches down Vasilissis Sofias to the tomb, accompanied by a band. The evzones uniform of the fustanella (white skirt) and pom-pom shoes is based on the attire worn by the klephts, the mountain fighters of the War of Independence.

The guards are also posted on the road on the east side of the National Gardens, and it's interesting to see them here, alone and away from tourist cameras, going through their ritual pomp even in the dead of night.