The "evzones", or the Greek Presidential Guard, are an elite group of soldiers who stand guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Presidential Mansion. But there’s so much more to them than pleated mini-skirts and pompoms.

By Maria Kostaki

Evzones march in the setting sun on top of the Acropolis hill to lower the flag, as is customary every Sunday.

Photo: Georgios Makkas

On duty in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier beneath the Greek Parliament.

Photo: Manos Chatzikonstantis

Soldiers cross paths in front of the Presidential Palace.

Photo: Georgios Makkas

Evzones by Numbers

400
6
60
1