Catholic Cathedral

Location: Panepistimiou Ave   

The Catholic Cathedral of Saint Dionysius Areopagite in Athens, Greece: The Catholic Cathedral of Saint Dionysius the Areopagite is located in the centre of Athens, on the corner of Panepistimiou Ave and Omirou Street. This is the seat of the Catholic Church of Greece and it is dedicated to the discipline of Apostle Paul and first bishop of Athens.

The plotting land and the construction of the church was financed by the Catholic community of Greece and abroad. The construction started in 1853 and was inaugurated in August 1865. The plans were appointed to the famous German architect Leo von Klenze by king Otto of Greece, but they were continued by the Greek architect Lyssandros Kaftantzoglou.

The church is a three-aisled basilica with simple architectural lines of Athenian classicism. The floor is covered with fine Pentelic marble and the roof is supported with 12 columns, 5 metres each, made of green marble from Tinos island. The platform of the chorus, with the pipe organ on top, was designed in 1888 by the architect Paul Chambaut.

On the right and the left of the Bema, there are two marble pulpits (stands of speakers) donated by the Emperor of Austria Francis Joseph I during his visit in Athens in 1869. Very impressive are also the eight vitraux on both sides of the windows in the lower part of the church. These vitraux were made in the 1890s in Munich by Karl de Bouchet.

Some architectural additions were made in the early 20th century, while in 1960 the church was renovated for the first time. Between 1992-1998, the Catholic Cathedral of Athens was fully renovated in the internal and external side.

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