Changing of the Guards in Athens
Whether you’ve been to Athens or not, you’re no doubt familiar with the amazing monolithic structures left behind by the Romans some 2000 years ago. What you may not be familiar with is the incredibly unique and entertaining Changing of the Guards in Athens at Syntagma Square.
Each hour, on the hour, the Greek soldiers of the Presidential Guard at Syntagma Square change positions. The ceremonial lasts for about ten minutes and attracts throngs of bystanders. The official and more elaborate transition, or “Changing of the Guards,” takes place on Sundays at 11am.
As you can see in the video below, the uniforms and the ceremony are quite unique. What looks like a slow and methodical exchange, is actually a designed performance in an effort to protect the soldier’s blood circulation after a sixty minute guard duty rotation of absolute immobility.
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