Syntagma (Constitution) Square is the center of the city of Athens. It is the oldest and socially most important square of modern Athens, at the epicenter of commercial and political activity. Actually, this is where distances to the other Greek cities are measured from. The Square is named after the Constitution that King Othon conceded to grant, after a popular and military uprising on September 3, 1843.
The square is defined by Vassileos Georgiou A' Street, Othonos Street, Filellinon Street and Amalias Avenue. The eastern side of the square is at a higher level than the western, and is dominated by a set of marble steps leading to Amalias Avenue; beneath these lies the Syntagma Metro station. The stairs emerge below between a pair of outdoor cafes, and are a popular city-center gathering place. Syntagma also includes two green areas to the north and south, planted with shade trees, while in the center of the square a large water fountain traditionally hosts the frequently sighted Syntagma pigeons, along with heat-tormented visitors during the summer.
Two landmark historic hotels on Syntagma Square, in the heart of Athens, are available through Marriott Bonvoy:Hotel Grande Bretagne, and King George, both members of Luxury Collection.
With breathtaking views of the fabled Acropolis, regal Syntagma Square and the Parliament, lush Lycabettus Hill or the original Olympic Stadium, the multi-awarded 5-star Hotel Grande Bretagne offers an unrivaled perspective of Athens' mythical history. Located right in the heart of the city since 1874, our multi-awarded landmark luxury hotel is within walking distance of exclusive shopping areas, museums and the business district. With meticulous attention to detail, the 320 rooms and suites combine charming old-world elegance with state-of-the-art facilities, whereas the 58 suites enjoy additional benefits including personalized Butler Service. Visit the picturesque GB Roof Garden Restaurant for the finest Mediterranean cuisine or the Winter Garden for an afternoon tea and do not miss the GB Spa for a signature massage, beauty treatment or an indulgent respite in the thermal Suite. Meet the Concierge team members, who stand ready to unlock the secret treasures of Athens.
Dating back to 1930 and located in the center of Athens, the 5-star King George, a Luxury Collection Hotel, represents the absolute essence of a fascinating, luxurious boutique hotel. Perfectly situated for captivating experiences, a truly inspiring and gracious venue, our hotel is located within walking distance from the wonders of Athens. The Acropolis, Agora, Plaka, Thission and Monastiraki Flea Market are nearby, so are upmarket boutiques, world-renowned museums and the city’s vibrant business district. With 102 rooms and suites, a Penthouse Suite with private outdoor pool overlooking the fabled Acropolis, the awarded Tudor Hall Restaurant featuring modern cuisine and incomparable views of the city’s landmarks, King George finds its best expression in the outstanding personalized service.
The Greek Parliament is immediately across Amalias Avenue to the east, and almost surrounded by the extensive National Gardens, which are open to the public; the Parliament itself is not. Every hour, the changing of the guard ceremony, performed by the Presidential Guard (the Evzones) in their formal traditional uniform in kilts, takes place in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a monument that pays tribute to those fallen in defense of the homeland, on the area between Syntagma Square and the Parliament building. On Sundays and official holidays, the ceremonial changing of the guard occurs with an army band and the majority of the 120 Evzones present at 11 am.
Locals and tourists alike gather to witness the change of the guard ceremony at Syntagma Square, in front of the Parliament.
Syntagma Square is a hub for several different means of public transportation in Athens; Metro lines 2 and 3 of the Athens Metro have a stop at the Syntagma station which is under the square, the Athens tram stops here, and buses or trolley-buses are available to many places in the city. Travel between Syntagma Square and the Eleftherios Venizelos Airport is available via both special airport bus and metro lines. Free high-speed Wi-Fi Internet is available here by the Municipality of Athens. The Square is located near many of Athens' oldest and most interesting neighborhoods and tourist attractions.
For traditional Greek sweets, in a wide variety, all made with love from the finest materials, you may sit or take away at Hatzis, 5 Metropoleos Street (tel.: 210 322 2647). An experience in itself!
On the south side of Syntagma Square, Ermou Street is probably the busiest single commercial street of Athens, and indeed Greece. In addition, the area of Kolonaki nearby is a thriving upscale commercial area with a wide selection of shops on every single area of fashion.
The first Asian food restaurant to open on Apollonos Street, almost on the crossroads with Nikis Street, in Syntagma, was so successful that through the last couple of decades a whole city quarter with Asian food restaurants has made it the place to go, if you crave this cuisine. Among them, we will mention: