Greece’s First Constitution

A contemporary lithograph shows the rebellion outside the Royal Palace

On this day in 1843 (3 September Old Style) members of the army garrison and citizenry of Athens staged a bloodless coup forcing King Otto of Greece to accept the nation’s first constitution which was adopted the following year. The open space in front of the Royal Palace was given the name it bears to this day, Syntagma (Constitution) Square. This great public space has been the scene of momentous celebrations and struggles ever since.

Proclamation of the Constitution

Read more about the history and development of modern Athens here.


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