Teach Through Educational Travel: Guards in Syntagma Square, Athens

In the center of Athens is a very important public area, called Syntagma Square. It is also known as Constitution Square, since the Parliament Building is located there. There is also a beautiful garden, with a beautiful marble fountain in the center, and many benches upon which to rest and take a break from the bustle of Athens. It’s a meeting point for many Athenians, as the square is bounded by office buildings, cafes, banks, and hotels.

Download a larger image and share the photo with your class, then try these discussion questions and classroom activities:


  • In Syntagma Square is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Read of the history of this monument and discuss why it is so important for countries to honor those who served their country. How does this monument reflect the Greek people?

  • Part of tradition is tied to ritual. At the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the guards are changed hourly. Watch this video and reflect on the importance of ritual in maintaining a country’s culture and history.
  • Webcams can provide a glimpse into daily life, anywhere in the world. Take a look at this webcam – choose Parliament Cam – and see what’s happening at the Tomb. Who comes? Is the ceremony for tourists, Greeks, or both?


Article written by Sarah Wyland

Sarah Wyland
Sarah never gets in trouble for being on Facebook and Instagram at work, because its her job. As social media manager, she gets to tell the stories of travelers, teachers, and interesting places. Other titles she enjoys include dog mom to Knox, barre instructor, Crossfit athlete, avid reader, and world traveler.