Like many monuments around the world with the same name, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier built here is to commemorate fallen soldiers in different wars whose bodies were never identified. Like in many of these tombs around the world, in Athens as well, this place is used to hold state memorial ceremonies.
Trying getting here exactly at the beginning of each hour, to the front of the Parliament building, to see the guard, called "Evzones," and changing shifts to the tunes of the marching band. Children really love this, and adults find the ceremony interesting, the soldiers are also in traditions skirts and shoes with pompoms on them, different from any other military uniform in the world.
It is also interesting to see the parade, strict with its steps, of the soldiers. In traditional ceremonial marching, rarely seen, the soldiers swing their legs high and bring them down with a loud thump.
If you can get here on Sundays or national holidays, at 11:00 am you will see the guards change to a unit of the elite unit of infantry soldiers of the Greek army, when the music is played by an army band, it adds a festive feeling to the ceremony, that is conducted by no less than 120 soldiers.