The MUST SEE in Athens Greece

Greece Changing Guards

Greek Guards ©frans.sellies/flickr

 It is easy to access to the Constitution Square called Syntagma Square and there is an interesting display on this landmark. It is free for tourists to catch a glimpse of the changing of the guards that occurs at every hour. At other times, you can watch how the two soldiers are standing motionless and proud.

Of course, you are recommended to attend the Sunday’s Ceremonial Changing of the Guard. There will be the Police musical band and it gives a great photo opportunity for photography lovers. Try standing on the median of the road as it will be temporarily closed to traffic and to also accommodate the marching soldiers and the musical band.

Tomb of the Unknown Solider

Following that, if you still want more, you can go to the Presidential palace to have a more complete view of the guards. Some people called that landmark  “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier” but the fascination is about this changing of the guards.

Antiquity to the formation of the Modern Greek State

In Athens, there is a place with worthy overview of the Greek history and culture. It is the Benaki Museum where you can see the prehistoric times to the present days. There are great displays through exhibits dating from Antiquity to the formation of the Modern Greek State. If you are a fan of artifacts, here you can see the iconostasis and the Byzantine art in the rebuilt rooms. From where you saw the changing of guards just now, you can easily walk from there to the Benaki Museum. Curious historic buffs can find out how the Roman had an influence on the Greek civilization. Judging for yourself from the replicas, imagine how the Greek families lived in those days. The thing to note is that this museum is closed on Tuesdays (not Mondays like the other museums in other parts of Europe).

Odeon of Herodes Atticus 

Greece Odeon of Herodes Atticus

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For a breathtaking night view is at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. It is at the Parthenon (Parthenonas). Being the earliest preserved, open-air theatre, Theatre of Dionysus used to be for honoring the god Dionysus. In those times, Dionysus is the god of grape harvest, winemaking and ecstasy in Greek mythology. Not just for a mesmerizing Panathenaic Stadium view, if you were to visit this stone theatre structure, there is still evidence that it was originally a steep-slope amphi theatre with a wooden roof. Imagine the size as it could hold a capacity of 5000 on the south slope of the Acropolis of Athens.

 

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