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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Athens
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Salamina

Agioi Theodoroi

Athens

Considered one of the most important Byzantine monuments in Athens, the church of Agioi Theodoroi is located on Evripidou Street in Klafthmonos Square....

Agios Elissaios

Athens, Monastiraki

This simple, single-aisle basilica on 14 Areos Street in Monastiraki was built in the mid-17th century on the gardens of a mansion owned by the Athenian Homatianos-Logothetis family....

Agios Georgios Karytsis

Athens

Owned by the Athenian Kariki family since the Middle Ages, Agios Georgios Karytsis was nearly destroyed during the Revolution of 1821....

Agios Ioannis Kynigos Monastery

Agia Paraskevi, North Suburbs

The Agios Ioannis Kynigos (St. John the Hunter) Monastery is located on the northern side of Mount Hymettus, above the suburb of Agia Paraskevi....

Alimos Basilica

Alimos, South Suburbs

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

Asteriou Monastery

Athens

Above the Kessariani Monastery is another convent, the Monastery of the Taxiarchs, popularly known as the Asteriou Monastery....

Dafni Monastery

Chaidari, West Suburbs

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

Evangelical Church

Athens

Built in 1871, the Evangelical Church of Athens is located opposite the Columns of Olympian Zeus at the intersection of Lyssikratous Street and Amalias Avenue....

Glyfada Basilica

Glyfada, South Suburbs

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

Ipapanti

Hydra

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

Kaisariani Monastery

Athens

Overlooking the Kaisariani district from a hill a short distance from Hymettus, the Kaisariani Monastery stands some 350 metres high....

Kapnikarea

Athens

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

Panagia Faneromeni Monastery

Salamina

The Panagia Faneromeni Monastery, named for its location in a pine grove in Faneromeni, stands opposite the narrowest point of the Megarida Gulf....

Panagia Gorgoepikoos

Athens

The 12th-century church of the Virgin Mary Gorgoepikoos is also known to Athenians as Agios Eleftherios, or the small cathedral....

Panagia Grigoroussa

Athens

Built sometime in the 11th or 12th century, the original structure of this church was almost entirely destroyed during the Revolution of 1821....

Panagitsa Church

Aegina

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

Pantanassa

Athens

Located on Monastiraki Square, the Church of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, or Pantanassa, was once called the Great Monastery, and today is known commonly as Monastiraki....

Penteli Monastery

North Suburbs, Penteli

Founded in 1578 by bishop Evripos Timotheos, the all-male Penteli Monastery was built amid the lush greenery at the foot Mount Penteli....

Petraki Monastery

North Suburbs, Penteli

The church of the Saints Asomatoi, is located near the Evangelismos Hospital, within the complex housing the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece....

Russian Church

Athens

Known to Athenians as the Russian Church, the Holy Church of Lykodemos Sotira is one of the oldest Byzantine churches in Athens, and also the largest....

Saint Nikolaos Ragavas

Athens

Built in the 11th century, the church of Agios Nikolaos Ragavas in Plaka is based on the simple four-aisled, cross-in-square design....

Saint Paul’s Anglican Church

Athens

Located at the end of Filellinon Street, this neo-Gothic Anglican church was built in the early 1840s of Hymettus marble and limestone brought in from the Corinth Canal....

Saints Asomatoi Church

Athens

A short distance from the temple of Hephaestus in Thission, the church of Saints Asomatoi is a simple, cross-in-square church with a narthex and Athenian-style dome, supported by four columns....

St. Demetrius the Bombardier

Athens

Dedicated to St. Demetrius the Bombardier, this small church lies on the Dionysiou Areopagiti pedestrian area at the foot of Philopappos Hill....

St. Fotini

Athens

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

St. Marina Church (Thission)

Athens

Constructed between 1924 and 1927 on Observatory Hill in Thission, the Holy Church of Agia Marina was based on plans by Achilles Georgiadis....

St. Nicholas the Sailor

Aegina

Fittingly, visitors catch their first glimpse of this beautiful white church dedicated to Saint Nicholas the Sailor while approaching the port of Aegina by boat....

The Crypt of St. Philothei

North Suburbs

Discovered accidentally in 1934 during quarrying, the Crypt of Agia Philothei is a small natural cave, converted into a chapel by Rigoula Venizelou....