One of the most important Byzantine monuments and one of the oldest churches in Athens, Church of Kapnikarea was built in the 11th century on the ruins of an ancient temple. The edifice features a dome supported by four large Roman columns. Standing right in the middle of a bustling shopping thoroughfare, the church includes outer walls decorated with geometric cloisonne and imitation Arabic calligraphy. To visit Church of Kapnikarea and get the most from your holiday in Athens, create itinerary details personal to you using our Athens trip itinerary maker .
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Thought to be built in the 11th Century, the Church of Kapnikarea is one of the finest examples of Byzantine architecture in Athens. The church is located on Ermou street in the heart of the Plaka. Wo... more »
... als diese Lage zwischen scheußlichen Betonbauten, die dieses byzantinische Kleinod von einer Kirche zudem noch auf Grund ihrer Höhe wie ein Zwerg erscheinen lassen. Man mag sich nur damit trösten,... more »... as this location between horrible concrete buildings, which make this Byzantine gem of a church still seem like a dwarf due to its height. One may only take comfort in the fact that the magnificent interior of the Church did not suffer from the ugliness of the surroundings, thanks to God. It should also be borne in mind that, especially in the east of the continent, many such churches were often 'flat', or in their function 'repurposed' and thus abandoned to decay.
A lovely old church placed in a small square surrounded by shops. It is like a small sanctuary from the muddling crowd. I would not come here especially but if you are around, it is certainly worth a visit. Go inside, in quiet and absorb the peacefulness and beauty of the place. The back of the church offers good shade in hot summer days.
A gorgeous little church in the middle of a busy shopping street. It's a great place to unwind for a while when you're constantly busy all around. We found ourselves repeatedly coming back to it by default. It simply attracts you to itself. You quickly start viewing it as a sanctuary of sorts from all the stress and rapid pace of modern life. I'm not religious at all btw, but there's something about old places of worship that hold you in a way, making you feel at peace. All in all, when in Athens, don't miss it!
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