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NileGuide Expert tip:
You're allowed a photo with the evzones if you're respectful and go one at a time. Also, if you ask Greek adults what their favorite childhood memory is, they might tell you "feeding the pigeons in front of the Tomb." It can still be done. Bags of birdseed are sold for one euro.
- In front of the Parliament building in Syntagma Square, the "Evzones," an elite section of of the Greek regular army, stand guard in front of a symbolic tomb representing those who died for Greece in battle.
Dressed in their red caps and fustanellas (traditional mountain costume worn by the irregular fighters in the Greek Revolution) they make an impressive sight against the marble tomb. The ceremony to change posts takes place each hour. They work with the same partner for their entire length of service to perfect their slow, choreographed movements together.
On the half hour, you can catch them in a similar "dance" while they're permitted to stretch. Beyond that, you shouldn't see them so much as swat a fly.
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