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Church of Kapnikarea, Athens

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#13 of 48 in Historic Sites in Athens
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. Add Church of Kapnikarea and other attractions to your Athens trip itinerary using our Athens family vacation planner.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Outside is a small Orthodox Church in the middle of the shopping street. Inside a little disappointing, badly preserved frescoes are less than 100 years.
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  • August 12, 2017
    One small in size but big in church history in the heart of Athens. It is worth standing up through the ermoy and admire this hidden gem! For the youngest, the evenings are given impromptu concerts by street artists.
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  • August 11, 2017
    A very nice little church, and a good point to stop and rest after a good walk in the sun. Also good for pictures :P  more »
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  • August 19, 2017
    A beautiful, small and ancient church. Walk in, light a candle (anyone can do that) and sit in the hushed, dark space contemplating the Byzantine frescoes. A respite from the crowds and bustle of the central Athens.
  • June 24, 2017
    Just in the center of Ermou, the famous road in midtown Athens, a small square around this beautiful small church, a good place to have a rest with many coffee shops around, and watch the performance of street artists.
  • August 17, 2017
    Nice spot to rest under the shadow of the trees contemplating the Constantine statue
  • April 2, 2017
    Apart from a historic spot, very often there are artists performing just outside it, and it is on the busiest shopping street of Athens
  • March 17, 2017
    Good spot to sit for a break from shopping. great people watching spot

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If you come to Athens for its ancient history, stay in Plaka, a lively neighborhood located within walking distance of the city's major archaeological sites. Although relatively expensive, hotels in this part of town offer spacious rooms, private swimming pools, and rooftop cocktail bars. For less expensive but equally comfortable lodgings, consider boutique hotels and family-run inns in the quiet residential neighborhoods just a short drive south of Plaka. Good rooms fill up early in the season, so plan ahead and book in advance.
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