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Evzones, Syntagma, Athens

Throughout their entire service, each Evzone teams up with a partner. Between them they share both training and duties. Mutual help is also appreciated when donning the uniforms, a task that can prove time-consuming. Slipping into the official uniform, for instance, may take up to half an hour. Help also comes in handy with smoothing the black tassel atop the Evzones red cap, or ‘fessi’, straightening the collar or tying properly the two-part fustanella, the traditional 400-fold kilt. Through the hottest summer and the coldest winter, the Evzones invariably wear white woolen stockings and a leather belt with bullet holders to emphasize the waist of the ‘well-belted’ soldier.













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