Greek Evzoni Guards
The Evzones, or Evzoni, (Greek: Εύζωνες, Εύζωνοι) is the name of several historical elite light infantry and mountain units of the Greek Army. Today, it refers to the members of the Presidential Guard (Greek: Προεδρική Φρουρά), an elite ceremonial unit that guards the Greek Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Greek: Μνημείο του Άγνωστου Στρατιώτη), the Presidential Mansion (Greek: Προεδρικό Μέγαρο) and the gate of Evzones camp in Athens. The Evzones are also known, colloquially, as Tsoliades (Greek: Τσολιάδες; singular: Τσολιάς - Tsolias).
Though the Presidential Guard is a predominantly ceremonial unit, all Evzones are volunteers drawn from the Hellenic Army's Infantry, Artillery and Armoured Corps. Prospective Evzones are usually identified at the Army Recruit Training Centres during Basic Training; there is a minimum height requirement of 1.86 m (6' 1.2") to join.
The unit is famous around the world for its unique traditional uniform, which has evolved from the clothes worn by the klephts who fought the Ottoman occupation of Greece. The most visible item of this uniform is the fustanella, a kilt-like garment. Their proven valour and peculiar dress turned them into a popular image for the Greek soldier, especially among foreigners.
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carlo62 (32711) 2013-12-22 14:49
una cerimonia sempre molto interessante, in ogni nazione, ma questa ha una marcia in più grazie alle divise particolari.
Bello scatto, le divise risaltano molto contro i marmi bianchi del monumento.
Subhogen (4065) 2013-12-22 17:09
Great timing on this one..you have caught the two guards with almost identical postures.
The attire on the guards looks traditional and lloks good on them. In India too Presidential Body guards wear traditional attire. I like their red caps and their shoes they look unique.
A clean, crisp and clear photo with a good note. Thanks for sharing.
fabbs99 (16167) 2013-12-22 18:38
The guards are in very colorful uniform.These tall men look really nice in this cute uniform.Excellent moment to freeze this scene.TFS.
jemaflor (84659) 2013-12-22 23:29
A view about these famous Evzoni, well taken a the good moment with dynamic effect, a pleasant memory for me about Athènes.
krzychu30 (15498) 2013-12-23 0:59
I´ve seen it on my own while visiting Athens this year.
Nice tradition and really interesting spectacle for tourists.
I like your composition and well-considered close-up!
Have a joyful holiday and a Great New Year!
timecapturer (48640) 2013-12-23 3:16
a superbly captured shot of these famous and iconic Greek guards. A real sense of the movement and setting in this excellent shot. Love it!
jhm (139134) 2013-12-23 3:45
The attire on the guards looks traditional and looks good on them.
Colours and subject makes these picture attractive.
A nice composition, excellent captured
Very well done, TFS.
Romano46 (18442) 2013-12-23 5:54
forse questa è l'immagine più classica della Grecia, quella che rimane al di là della crisi e delle difficoltà che purtroppo la tua nazione ha incontrato negli ultimi tempi e che, sia pure in forma leggermente attenuata, incontra anche l'Italia.
E' una tradizione che tutti i popoli hanno , sia pure in forme e con modalità diverse, ma la foto resta un documento che resterà impresso a lungo nelle menti quasi a voler significare che - nonostante tutte le avversità - queste modalità resteranno indelebili nella mente della popolazione.
Bei colori ed una splendida ripresa per un attimo che è il condensato della vitalità della nazione Greca che mi auguro nel 2014 possa superare un momenti difficile e che possa ritornare viva e vitale nella comunità europea.
I miei complimenti per la foto e l'augurio di un felice Natale e l'inizio di un anno migliore.
ikeharel (57112) 2013-12-23 8:10
Nice clear photo of the guards.
When I was a kid, we learn geography through postcards and the Greece-postcard showed the guards in this place - so I may say this was my first impression of Greece.
A good dynamic scale while they were moving to change the guard.
My best holidays greetings,
Didi (56851) 2013-12-23 9:47
Very nice attractive show always very original
I saw them when I was very young in Tahens in 1954 time is running
Silvio1953 (122099) 2013-12-23 12:45
Ciao Costantino, bella scena colta con ottimo tempismo, bravo, di nuovo auguri di Buon Natale, ciao Silvio
Nicou (121892) 2013-12-24 3:25
quelle vue de la relève de la garde sueprbe compo et iamge quels beaux costumes ils ont superbe et ce mouvement très belle compo.
Très joyeux noël et belles fêtes
saxo042 (37556) 2013-12-27 8:36
A well captured scene with just a few, but very eye-catching colours. Interesting picture with these very special uniforms. Excellent!
Happy New Year
wolf38 (31278) 2013-12-29 5:58
Hello Costantino. This is a well-known ritual to me before the Greek Parliament. Every tourist in Athens looks at this event. And of course, this is a great opportunity for local photographers.
Best rgds, Wolfgang .... a happy new year
Kielia (23581) 2014-01-02 5:32
you are presenting a very interesting impression of these well known soldiers. Excellent composition and a very good perspective. My compliments also for the notes!
I wish you and your family a happy New Year!
worldcitizen (6955) 2014-01-03 12:28
Happy new year! I like this photo of a Greek tradition. With two members of the guard in motion, and the others standing still, there is a nice dynamic in the composition. I also like that one of them is facing away from the camera, so we can see the back of his uniform. I like the marble stairs, ground, and background, too.
delpeoples (53009) 2014-01-06 2:42
Buon anno e ti auguro un bellissimo 2014 che ti porterá tutti dei tuoi desideri. Ottima la foto, bella resa cromatica e contrasto. Hai composto l'immagine e gestito i settagi perfettemente.
Un caro saluto
Oceania (4844) 2014-01-09 7:24
This is the well-known ceremony in Athens. I witnessed it myself. Your beautiful picture lets me recall the wonderful time visiting this city. Thanks for sharing.
tatadalou (6081) 2014-01-19 11:22
The symbol of place Syntagma ! We van see the concentration in the evzoni's eyes. A very simple shot but efficient.
clic (14890) 2014-01-21 7:00
Geia sou Costantino
I saw those performing their art when I went to your lovely country in 1990, but I was not a good photographer by then and could not get all the characters of this fantastic foursome on the same picture!
Many compliments for this elaborate scenery captured by the rules book!
mkamionka (30616) 2014-01-25 7:31
this is a very unique change of the guards. I had the pleasure to see it as well but long time ago in the pre digital times. Very attractive capture here -I like the reflections in the pavement.
Very well done,
RhodieIke (11742) 2014-01-26 23:10
We learn so much on this site from our friends like your post here I never new your Greek soldiers wore kilts.
Splendid Pov, on to these guys and super colours.
Very interesting and learnt about the Klephts as well.
jmdias (55345) 2014-02-02 12:25
I liked the position of the soldiers in the scene. nice framing and good quality of image. very interesting job and note.