Athens Catholic Church of Saint Dionysius the Areopagite

Location: Kolonaki

The Church of Saint Dionysius The Areopagite is found on the prestigious downtown Skoufa street at the area of Kolonaki. It is dedicated to the protector Saint of Athens, Saint Dionysius the Areopagite, who was converted to Christianity and became the city’s first bishop.

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The church was originally built upon the location of a former smaller temple, and the construction process begun in 1925 while it was completed in 1931. Architectonic wise, it belongs to the category of cruciform churches, having an imposing dome. The church’s design was assigned to the renowned Byzantinologist Anastasios Orlandos, while the architect Dimitrios Philippakis contributed to the resurgence process. The temple also exhibits neo-baroque and neoclassical architectural elements.

The artistic value of the edifice, regarding its exterior and especially its interior, is outstanding. For its decoration, a team of the finest artists and craftsmen combined their forces, and the result of their fruitful collaboration awes the visitor. The impressive illustrations were executed by the famous painter Spiros Vasiliou. Additionally, Sotirios Varvoglis and Stefanos Xenopoulos were in charge of the exquisite mosaics, while Theofanis Nomikos crafted the breathtaking woodwork.

Many of the religious furniture and decorative items are donations of prominent Athenian families. The temple’s celebration day is October 3rd, while it functions as the city’s official Cathedral until the completion of the restoration operations at the original Metropolis at Syntagma.

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How to get there

There are many ways to reach the Catholic Church of Saint Dionysius The Areopagite, from any location in Athens.

Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked Athens transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the port, airport or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 693 881 8288, 0030 694 597 2090, 0030 690 943 9292 or book your taxi online.

On foot: As the Catholic Church of Saint Dionysius The Areopagite is located in a central area of Athens, it can be easily reached on foot from Syntagma metro station, in less than 10 minutes.

By metro: The closest metro station is “Panepistimio” on line 2. Note that the Catholic Church of Saint Dionysius The Areopagite is located within a 3-minute walking distance from the metro. Get a map of the metro here.

By bus/trolleybus: The closest bus stop is “Afetiria - Sina”. Check the routes and the official timetables on OASA Telematics.

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