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Church of Kapnikarea, Athens

#12 of 63 in Historic Sites in Athens
Church · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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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  • We were headed back to our apartment after dinner and were pleasantly surprised by this gem, a true landmark in the middle of downtown. It attracts a lot of people who just sit around soaking in the....  more »
  • First evening strolling along busy Ermou it was delightful to see this gorgeous church come into view. It is a splendid contrast with the modernity of a busy central city thoroughfare. An entrance...  more »
  • 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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