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The Monastery of Daphni, Athens

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Daphni or Dafni is an 11th-century Byzantine monastery 11 km north-west of central Athens in the suburb of Chaidari, south of Athinon Avenue, a fine monument of the 11th-century Byzantine art, is a cross-in-square church of the octagonal type surmounted by a broad and high dome. The church houses the best preserved complex of mosaics from the early Komnenian period (ca. 1100) when an austere and hieratic manner typical for the Macedonian period and represented by the famous Christ Pantocrator image inside the dome, was metamorphosing into a more intimate and delicate style, of which The Angel before St Joachim — with its pastoral backdrop, harmonious gestures and pensive lyricism — is considered a superb example.
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TripAdvisor
  • Been there today, still is closed. You can enjoy exterior trough the fence. Marvelous. It takes 30 min from Monasteriki, go to the metro Hagia Marina, and then take the bus 866 to Psihiatreion bus sto...  more »
  • It's a small church, with maybe 20 partially restored beautiful mosaic scenes, and a wonderful head of Jesus (remarkably similar to the one in Cefalu, Sicily) in the dome. They won't let you take phot...  more »
  • Off the beaten path of typical Athens, this monastery is inspiring. Definitely worth the drive and the visit.  more »
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  • Wonderful place, a must see if you are interested in byzantine art/architecture. You can get there by bus from Athens (about 30 minutes, normal ticket costs 1.40 €), google has the bus connections. For example from Omonia square. Get off at the stop “Psychiatreio“. From there it's a two minute walk (along the highway in the direction of the bus, but on the other side of the street). The place is a little hidden but very close to the highway. Mind that the opening hours are tuesday and friday only, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to enter the site you have to ring the door bell.
  • Byzantine monastery of 11th century with impresive mosaic. The constraction ladders are off. An UNESCO world heritage monument. Easy to visit from Athens.
  • Is one of the most important #Byzantine monuments in #Athens #Greece
  • An amazing Byzantine monastery. Must see!
  • Restoration work has been going on here for a long time so it's hard to see it properly. But one of the benefits of the restoration work is that you can go inside and climb up the scaffolding to get a much closer view of the mosaics on the walls (no photos, though). The opening hours are a bit erratic and the entrance through a little wire gate seems quite basic. But don't be put off by all of this - it's worth getting out of downtown Athens to see this. It's part of the UNESCO World Heritage List.