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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. Add Church of Kapnikarea and other attractions to your Athens trip itinerary using our Athens family vacation planner.
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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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  • What a beautiful church this is. Very well preserved in the middle of the town. You may go around every angle for taking pictures and notice the ancient construction.  more »
  • Small and old church with a lot of history. Best to visit when is not a service going on. Be aware of the long pants and decent attire required to get in.  more »
  • Tucked away on an intersection of pedestrian streets this church looks out of place, but it is a beautiful little church and worth a visit if you are passing by.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Apart from a historic spot, very often there are artists performing just outside it, and it is on the busiest shopping street of Athens
  • A beautiful church ,with history in abundance. 💖💖💖💖
  • Good spot to sit for a break from shopping. great people watching spot
  • Beautiful ancient church situated in the middle of ermou shopping street. Please go inside. It is lovely, but no photos allowed inside.