Athens Churches

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Guide to 12 churches in Athens, Greece

In the heart of this historical Greek town of Athens and its winding streets lie numerous churches of impressive architecture, dating back to 5th century. Most of the churches in Athens are well-preserved, decorated with rare frescoes and icons. A stroll around the centre reveals the jewels of religious art and tradition.

The Metropolis Cathedral of Athens is the spiritual center of Greek Orthodox and one of the most important holy sites in the city. It is dedicated in the Annunciation of the Virgin and its construction works begun in 1842. It is regarded as a masterpiece that contains of three aisles, a dome and two towers. Right next to the glorious building lies the small 12th century church of Agios Eleftherios and it combines Romanesque and Byzantine styles.

One of the finest examples of Byzantine monuments is Kapnikarea church standing in the middle of Ermou, the most famous commercial street in Athens. The church was built in 1050 over the ruins of an ancient church dedicated to Athena or Dimitra. The current construction is dedicated to the Annunciation of the Virgin and belongs to the University of Athens.

On the slopes of Mt Hymettus, in the seclusion of an idyllic setting full of pine trees lies the Monastery of Kaisariani. Built in the 11th century, the monastery is dedicated to the Presentation of the Virgin. Of great interest are the frescoes painted in the 16th century by a monk from Mt. Athos. On the way to the top you will meet other monasteries and churches including Agios Ioannis, Taxiarches, Agios Markos and Agios Georgios.

One of the jewels of Athens is the tiny church of Panagia Hrysospiliotissa which lies hidden in the small cave behind the Theatre of Dionysus, in Acropolis. The chapel is quite inspiring and it is accessed through a rocky path.

Other churches: the church of Agios Georgios and Agios Dionysios (Kolonaki), Agia Irini (downtown Athens), Agios Dimitrios (Filopapou Hill) and Agia Marina and the church of the Holy Apostles (Thyssio) are certainly worth seeing while you stroll around the centre of the historical city. The Catholic Cathedral of Athens is dedicated to Agios Dionysios Areopagitis and is located right in Syntagma. It was built in 1844.

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List with the most beautiful churches

Location: Thissio
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This little jewel was built in the 10th century on the western entrance of Ancient Agora. It got restored to its original form in 1954-57, while its 19th century additions were removed. Fine Byzantine frescoes can be admired inside this wonderful little church.


Church of Panagia Kapnikarea
Location: Syntagma
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The church of Kapnikarea was built beginning of the 11th century. It is located on the ruins of an ancient temple, supposedly dedicated to the goddess Athena or Demeter. It is located along Ermou st, on the way from Syntagma to Monastiraki.


Location: Panepistimiou Ave

At the corner of Panepistimiou Ave and Omirou st, there is the Catholic Cathedral of Saint Dionysius the Areopagite. Marble steps lead to the impressive interior of this church, whose construction was completed in 1865.


Church of Agios Dimitrios Loumbardiaris
Location: Thissio
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The Church of Agios Dimitrios Loumbardiaris is located on Philopappos Hill, on the way to Pnyka and the Monument of Philopappou. It is a tiny church whose name means Saint Demetrius the Bombardier.


Saint Dionysius The Areopagite
Location: Kolonaki

This impressive church is located in the centre of Kolonaki Athens. Saint Dionysius the Areopagite, one of the three protectors of Athens, was a jodge of the Areopagus who was converted to Christianity and became the second Bishop of Athens.


Location: Haidari

The Monastery of Daphni was built in the 6th century BC. One of the oldest monasteries in Attica, it has been damaged and rebuilt many times along centuries. It distinguishes for the wonderful frescoes.


Location: Kaisariani
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This church was built in the 11th century in the Greek-cross plan and dedicated to the Presentation of the Virgin. It was originally a temple to the glory of Demeter, the goddess of agriculture and nature. A lovely green forest surrounds the monastery and many trekking paths cross it.


Church of Agia Marina
Location: Thissio
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The impressive church of Agia Marina is located right next to the National Observatory and beneath Pnyka Hill. It was founded in 1922 on the site of an earlier Christian temple and celebrates on July 17th.


Church Of Agia Irini
Location: Monastiraki
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At the corner of Eolou and Athinas street in Monastiraki, there is the impressive church of Agia Irini. It was constructed in 1846 by the famous architect Lyssandros Kaftatzoglou.


Church of Agios Constantine
Location: Omonia

This large and impressive church is found along Agiou Constantinou St, which connects Omonia and Metaxourgio, two central squares in Athens. It was built in 1869 by the Greek architect Lissandros Kaftantzoglou.


Church of Agios Panteleimon
Location: Victoria

The impressive church of Agios Panteleimon was founded in 1910 by king George I. It was inaugurated in 1930 and has one of the largest domes in the Balkans. The church is located north of Victoria Square, along Acharnon street.


Church of Panagia Gorgoepikoos
Location: Plaka
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This church stands on Mitropoleos square, in Plaka neighbourhood, on the side of the current Metropolis Cathedral. It is one of the finest Byzantine relics of the city and dates from the 12th century. This is another example of a church built on the ruins of an ancient temple.


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