Churches in Athens
In the heart of this historic 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 center 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 to the Annunciation of the Virgin and its construction works begun in 1842. It is regarded as a masterpiece that contains 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 (Thission) are certainly worth seeing while you stroll around the center 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.
The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Annunciation, popularly known as the "Metropolis", is the cathedral church of the Archbishopric of Athens and all of Greece.
The construction of the Cathedral began on Christmas Day, 1842 with the laying of the cornerstone by King Otto and Queen Amalia.
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 over the centuries. It stands out for its wonderful frescoes.
The Monastery of Kaisariani was built in the 11th century and is 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.
This church is a jewel built in the 10th century on the western entrance of Ancient Agora. It was restored to its original form in 1954-57, while its 19th-century additions were removed. Fine Byzantine frescoes can be admired inside.
The church of Panagia Kapnikarea is one of the oldest temples in Athens and admittedly one of the most significant Byzantine edifices.
The Church of Agios Dimitrios Loumbardiaris is located on Filopappos Hill, on the way to Pnyx and the Monument of Filopappou. It is a tiny church whose name means Saint Demetrius the Bombardier.
At the corner of Panepistimiou Avenue and Omirou Street stands the Catholic Cathedral of Saint Dionysius the Areopagite. Marble steps lead to the impressive interior of this church, whose construction was completed in 1865.
At the corner of Aiolou Street and Athinas Street in Monastiraki, stands the impressive church of Agia Irini. It was constructed in 1846 by the famous architect Lyssandros Kaftatzoglou.
The church of Panagia Gorgoepikoos stands on Mitropoleos Square, 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. It is another example of a church built on the ruins of an ancient temple.
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.
The impressive church of Agia Marina is located right next to the National Observatory and beneath Pnyx Hill. It was founded in 1922 on the site of an earlier Christian temple and celebrates on July 17th.
The Church of Agios Konstantinos and Eleni is located in the area of Omonia, close to Metaxourgio. The imposing temple designed by L. Kaftantzoglou is regarded as one of the most impressive ecclesiastical edifices of Athens.
The Church of Agios Georgios is a whitewashed church with light-blue details, housing simple yet gorgeous interior designs, a plethora of frescoes, two small chapels, and otherworldly views over Athens.
The Church of Saint Dionysius The Areopagite is a majestic building on the prestigious downtown Skoufa Street in Kolonaki. It is dedicated to Saint Dionysius the Areopagite, the patron saint of Athens.
The Church of Agios Nikolaos Rangavas is an impressive parish church in the districts of Plaka since it is the oldest registered church in the capital, boasting beautiful interior designs and hosting a bell of historical value.
Saint Paul's Anglican Church in the center of Athens is a lovely building with wonderful architecture and fantastic stained-glass windows, offering help to the impoverished and hosting cultural events on the regular.