Syntagma Square, Athens, Greece
Syntagma Square Athens Reviews
Syntagma Square . Jan 02, 2012
Otherwise known as Constitution Square, Syntagma Square is a very significant area that you will probably encounter several times during your stay in Athens. The square has a long lasting history and even today you have a good chance of finding a demonstration of some sort in or near the square.
In the square's center there are copies presented by Lord Bute, a court retainer of King Otto, of statues from a Naples museum. The 100 or so trees within the square include oleanders, orange trees and cypresses. The square is a conflicting mixture of bumper to bumper cars and shoulder to shoulder people on its lower perimeter and a more serene, wider, tree shaded, central expanse; the focus of which is a brown marble fountain in the middle of the square. Its turned on most of the time. The many benches provide room to take a break in the shade. There are three metro entrances in the square.
The whole of today's Syntagma Square was the front lawn of the palace with which Otto's bride, Queen Amalia concerned herself with. Initially the Greek public was admitted into the gardens but the Queen felt this privilege was being abused and banned their entry. The ostentatious palace and luxuriant gardens stirred up resentment with the Greek populace. Further the Queen, in order to water the plants, diverted several reservoirs which supplied residents with drinking water. Otto was deposed in 1862 and King George I of Denmark replaced him.Syntagma Square, the heart of Athens
After ten months or restoring, Syntagma Square is open to the public again, more beautiful than ever. The design of the square was kept unchanged. All white marble has been renewed as well as the many benches. The old lampposts have been replaced by beautiful new ones. The fountain has been renewed and water ponds have been put in on the long sides of the square. Most of the big stairs leading up to Amalias Avenue is new too.
One can’t help but admire the efforts the City of Athens has put in restoring the square. With all the new white marble and the Athens sun lighting it up, one does need sunglasses on the square though.
Plateia Syntagmatos (Constitution Square) is the heart of modern Athens, where you'll find hotels, offices, banks, restaurants and cafes. What is most interesting in the square though are the Athenians themselves and it is very much used as a meeting point.
Useful Links : http://www.panathenaicstadium.gr/Default.aspx?tabid=84&language=en-US
What around : Zappeion Garden (National Garden), Temple of Olympian Zeus , Panathinaikon Stadium , Syntagma , Greek Parliament .
How to go : In the center of Athens 500m from Monastiraki or Plaka area or catch the metro , Syntagma station
Tips : In my extra comment !
Opening hours and tickets : All day , no ticket .
Extra comment : Maybe you have bad luck if is a day of protestation , is an area with many ministries around and sometimes have demonstrators !
The photos are a from 2010-2012 .
P.s. I make the review like a small guide ! I know is more better and easier to read ! If you ask me what I like ? I like all of them and love to be a tourist in my city :)
I am not Historical or a Guide , just explore my city :) . Extra information contact with me :).
Thanks for reading !
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