Churches & Monasteries

Throughout history, Greeks have always been and always will be fascinated by religion – from traditional forms to paganism and superstition, from fanaticism to idolatry. Proof of that is the stunning number of public and private churches & monasteries built on Greek soil, many of which are in Athens & in Attica. Evolving from mythological gods to Christian monotheism, religion remains at the forefront of everyday life in Greece. During the 1st century AC, the era of Paul the Apostle, ancient Athenians began converting to Christianity. Places of worship for the new religion operated in secrecy until the Roman empire officially recognized the religion in the 4th century. Many ancient temples were converted into Christian churches. New Christian basilicas were built beginning in the 5th century; remnants of these churches & monasteries can be found throughout Attica & Athens. Many of the prized churches and monasteries were built during the 11th and 12th centuries, the golden age of Byzantine art in Athens. In Attica the churches of Kapnikarea, Agioi Theodoroi, Agios Elefterios, Pantanassa, Agioi Assomatoi and Agios Nikolaos Ragavas, as well as the monasteries of Daphni, Kaessariani and Asteriou stand proud to this day.

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Agioi Theodoroi

Athens

Considered one of the most important Byzantine monuments in Athens, the church of Agioi...

Agios Elissaios

Athens, Monastiraki

This simple, single-aisle basilica on 14 Areos Street in Monastiraki was built in the mid-17th...

Alimos Basilica

Alimos, South Suburbs

This sixth-century Christian basilica sits inside the grounds of the Zoodochos Pigi church....

Dafni Monastery

Chaidari, West Suburbs

The Dafni Monastery is rumoured to have been built at the site of the ancient temple of Apollo...

Glyfada Basilica

Glyfada, South Suburbs

This fifth-century Christian church, though in need of repair, stands proudly on Poseidonos...

Ipapanti

Hydra

One of the most famous and historical churches of Hydra is the Church of Ipapanti....

Kapnikarea

Athens

Kapnikarea Church stands out as a major landmark in Athens’ Byzantine past....

Panagitsa Church

Aegina

Visible from the coast of Aegina, the magnificent church of Panagitsa is located just outside...

Pantanassa

Athens

Located on Monastiraki Square, the Church of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, or Pantanassa,...

Penteli Monastery

North Suburbs, Penteli

Founded in 1578 by bishop Evripos Timotheos, the all-male Penteli Monastery was built amid the...

Petraki Monastery

North Suburbs, Penteli

The church of the Saints Asomatoi, is located near the Evangelismos Hospital, within the...

Russian Church

Athens

Known to Athenians as the Russian Church, the Holy Church of Lykodemos Sotira is one of the...

St. Fotini

Athens

Built in 1872 near the banks of the Ilyssos River, the church of St. Fotini served the local parish....