Athens Church of Agios Panteleimon of Acharnai

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Location: Victoria

The impressive Church of Agios Panteleimon of Acharnai in Athens is the biggest church in Greece as well as one of the biggest ones in the Balkans. The church is located north of Victoria Square, along the busy Acharnon Street, which explains its name.

The church was built upon the location of a former smaller temple, also dedicated to Agios Panteleimon (Saint Pantaleon). Founded in 1910 by King George I, it was inaugurated in 1920 but the resurgence operations paused during the World Wars and were completed in the early 1980s. The design was originally undertaken by architect Ioannis Papadakis while Georgios Nomikos carried on with their completion.
This church is one of the first edifices where concrete was used as the building material.

In terms of architecture, Agios Panteleimon is a characteristic Orthodox basilica that dazzles the visitor with its enormity. The most impressive feature of the temple is the imposing, vast dome; reportedly close to the perimeter of Agia Sofia in Istanbul, it takes up an extent of almost 1600 square meters. The illustrations of the interior are works of the famous Greek painter Giannis Karouzos, who began the decoration process in 1984.

Besides being a monument of major religious and architectural significance, the church of Agios Panteleimon stands out due to the active presence of the clergy, with a frequent organization of seminars on Byzantine music and traditional organs that promote the celebration of the Orthodox cultural heritage.

Since it is dedicated to Saint Pantaleon, the church celebrates on July 27th.

How to get there

There are many ways to reach the Church of Saint Panteleimon of Acharnai from any location in Athens.

Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked 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) 18288, (0030) 18222, (0030) 18180. You can also book your taxi online.

Car rental: There is the option of renting a car and picking it up directly from the airport, port, or your hotel. Using a rental car allows visitors to discover the Church of Agios Panteleimon of Acharnai and many other places of interest in Athens at their own pace.

On foot: As the Church of Saint Panteleimon of Acharnai is located in a central area of Athens, it can be easily reached on foot from Victoria Metro Station, in approximately 8 minutes.

By metro: The closest metro stations are Victoria (Green Line)and Attiki (Green Line and Red Line). Note that the Church of Saint Panteleimon of Acharnai is located approximately within a 10-minute walking distance from both metro stations. Get a map of the metro here.

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



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