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Church of Kapnikarea, Athens

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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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  • The 11th century Kapnikarea Church is named after the Holy Mary and seems to be immersed in the higher buildings of Ermou Street. Yet it is still one of the most monumental buildings from the Middle.....  more »
  • This little gem of a church stands central in a busy shopping thoroughfare and can't be missed. It's quite exceptional from the exterior with it's intricate stone layout complete with dome and small.....  more »
  • Great small church to visit to see a typical Byzantine church with its distinct layout and architecture. May not be the biggest church but the small atmospheric church creates a sense of calmness in.....  more »
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  • 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!
  • Beautiful church in the middle of a city street. I love how the city is built around it. People were eating, singing, and painting on its perimeter, like it was a street bench. It’s beautiful architecture is a jolt to the modern pollution around it. The doors were locked so we were unable to go in, but we were able to admire the architecture and art work on the outside.
  • I didn't actually go inside this church, even though I do go into most of the orthodox churches and experiences some calm and succour from the hurly burly of life and always light a candle for my Mum, Dad and brother.. This church is a marker and it's the space where people busk paint and youngsters meet. It's a nice social place.
  • Nice historic church to take pics or go on and light a candle. Marvel at the original painted icons as they stand amongst the trials of time.

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