Weekly Photo Challenge: Graceful

January 20, 2017 at 7:19 pm 1 comment

Location: Athens, Greece
It’s a thing of beauty watching the changing of the guards in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier located at the Parliament Building on Syntagma Square. Each guard wearing his traditional kilt, red and black cap and black clogs with pompoms exemplifies gracefulness and elegance in the performance of his duties.

Evzones Evzones
Evzones Evzones

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The guards are called Evzones (well belted) and members of the Presidential Guard founded in 1868. They are volunteers drawn from the Hellenic Army’s Infantry Corps.

The changing of the guard ceremony takes place every hour, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The above photos show them in their traditional attires. Non-ceremonial uniforms (khaki in summer and navy blue in winter) are worn Monday through Saturday with the exception of special national days or the reception of dignitaries.

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