Syntagma Square (Greek: Πλατεία Συντάγματος, pronounced [plaˈtia sinˈdaɣmatos], "Constitution Square") is the central square of Athens. The square is named after the Constitution that Otto, the first King of Greece, was obliged to grant after a popular and military uprising on 3 September 1843. It is located in front of the 19th century Old Royal Palace, housing the Greek Parliament since 1934. Syntagma Square is the most important square of modern Athens from both a historical and social point of view, at the heart of commercial activity and Greek politics. The name Syntagma (Greek: Σύνταγμα) alone also refers to the neighbourhood surrounding the square. The metro station underneath the square, where lines 2 and 3 connect, along with the tram terminal and the numerous bus stops, constitutes one of the busiest transport hubs in the country.
The square is bordered by Amalia Avenue (Leofóros Amalías) to the east, Otto Street (Óthonos) to the south and King George I Street (Vasiléos Georgíou Prótou) to the north. The street bordering the square to the west, connecting Stadiou Street with Fillelinon Street, is simply named "Syntagma Square" (Plateia Syntágmatos). The eastern side of the square is higher than the western, and 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-centre gathering place. Syntagma also includes two green areas to the north and south, planted with shade trees, while in the centre of the square there is a large mid-19th century water fountain.
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Dia KL | Dec 23, 2017
Great place for people watching or just to sit down a bit and take a break. Just be careful of pickpockets, they especially target tourists. You would probably find yourself in this square at some point as its so central, connects many places and its also one of the most common meeting points in the center. There are events from time to time and its decorated during Christmas.
Dave T | Jan 28, 2018
Nice leafy square with a couple of small dig sites, a small fountain and a couple of railway stops. Situated right in the middle of the city centre its always easy to get a cab here. All the major sites are within 15 miutes walk. Situated right in front of the Parliament building it was the site of many protests during the peak of the financial crises.
jDubYah _ | Nov 24, 2017
If you're in Athens, you might as well check out this popular spot that is filled with culture and people, both tourists and locals. Located right off the train, it's easy to get to. We had some time between flights and decided to jump on the train from the airport and explore the parliament and Ermou St. Grab some local food, and check out the changing of the guards at the tomb of the unknown soldier.
Alexia Mei | Feb 21, 2018
I love going there, watching the changing of the guards, the little children playing chasing the pigeons on a Sunday morning. Easily accessible by metro syntagma which means constitution. Nearby a row of high end hotels like Grande Bretagne and King George. Also a stone's throw is Ermou street with lots of shops and eateries.
Shahram Maleki | Feb 13, 2018
I can say The Syntagma heart of Athens Where is one of the most interesting and attractive squares in the world. Certainly there is one the must seen places.
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