10 Jun 2018

Presidential Guard, Athens, Greece



The Presidential Guard stands guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Syntagma Square and at the Presidential Mansion in Athens, formerly the Royal Palace until the abolition of the Greek monarchy. Every Sunday they raise and lower the flag on the Acropolis. They are also known as Evzones. The name derives from several historical elite units in the Hellenic army. Their uniform with plaited kilts are very distinctive and handmade with intricate detail. The design evolved from clothes worn by Klephts, who fought against the Ottoman occupation.
The guard was established in December 1868.
This card I sent home from a visit in Athens.

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