The Hellenic Parliament - The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
The Hellenic Parliament and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier are guarded by the Evzones, aka “tsoliades” – and together, they form one of the city’s most-photographed spectacles. Excerpts from the funeral oration of Pericles are chiselled into the marble as a poignant reminder of the cost of war, while the The Presidential Guard, or Evzones, resplendent in traditional 19th-century male costume, symbolise the Greek military (their distinctive kilts have 400 pleats, one for each year of Ottoman rule).
- The Parliament is not open to the general public.
- The change of the guards’ shift takes place every one hour on the square.