Teach Through Educational Travel: Guards in Syntagma Square, Athens
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?