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The Tomb of the Unknown soldier- in memory of all the anonymous Greek soldiers that have fallen in the battlefield- in front of the Parliament is a monument where Greek officials and visiting dignitaries lay wreaths on major holidays. It bears an inscription with the Funeral Speech of Pericles. On the walls there are shields and other inscriptions that commemorate victories of the Greek army from 1821 and on. The monument is guarded day and night by a pair of elite soldiers called Evzones. The changing of the guard every hour is one of the top highlights of Athens. Many people gather to see them every Sunday at 11 am- then is the most impressive changing.Their foustanela (kilt) has 400 pleats each for every year of the Turkish occupation. Also there are three versions of the costume. One for summer (khaki color), one for winter (blue) and one that is the most formal (on Sundays and celebrations).

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