Weekly Photo Challenge: Transition

November 27, 2015 at 7:01 pm 10 comments

Changing of the Guards
Location: Syntagma Square, Athens, Greece.

The Evzones is the name of the elite unit that guards the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Syntagma Square in downtown Athens, Greece.

The changing of the guard ceremony is a must-see. You can’t miss it unless you really want to. It’s held every hour, 24 times every day. I want to point out, however, that it’s not done for your convenience. Rather, it’s for the benefit of the guards. Being a guard is no easy feat. They hold on to their post for one hour three times every 58 hours and requires them to remain motionless except when they switch positions every fifteen minutes.

The above picture was taken during my second visit to Athens with the guards sporting the traditional white kilt-like garment called fustanella, red caps and clogs with black pompons. The first time I saw them, they were wearing regular khaki uniforms with skirts.

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