The Heart of Athens:
This sometimes-turbulent square may be the true heart of Athens - jammed with traffic and often used as a focal point for student marches, union strikes, and other political protests.
Contrast and Compare Syntagma Square:
But like the rest of Athens, and the Greek spirit itself, it's a place of high contrasts. Luxury hotels line the square, and pedestrian-friendly streets lead away from it and ultimately to the Acropolis and Parthenon itself.
Syntagma Square Metro Station:
The Metro Station has numerous exits and entrances here, and below ground, you can enjoy looking at exhibits excavated during the construction of the subway.
Need refreshment? Provided you don't look too ratty after a day of sweaty sightseeing, the hotels you may have decided you can't afford to stay in can still provide a pleasant stop for a drink or light snack; just be prepared for a hefty price per pour.
Changing of the Guard:
Every hour, there is a ceremonial transfer of power among the traditionally-garbed guards outside the Parliament Building. Only a Greek can make a pleated skirt and fluffy ball-toed shoes look both manly and rather threatening. On Sundays, the ceremony is more complex and offers a particularly good opportunity for photographs.
Rich History is Ignored:
Though you'll be hard put to find any mention of it, Syntagma Square was once called "The Garden of the Muses" and is believed to be where the "Peripatetics", a group of philosophers led by Aristotle, used to wander in the grove of trees that once grew here.
Is it a Sin?:
If you're looking for more information on Syntagma Square, it is sometimes spelled "Sintagma" in guidebooks and other resources. And, occasionally, it's called Constitution Square.
More on Syntagma Square:
You can also watch live webcam footage of Syntagma Square
from the top of the Grande Bretagne hotel. Just select the "Parliament" option from the drop-down menu.