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Church of Kapnikarea, Athens

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#11 of 65 in Historic Sites in 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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  • A very sweet little church, surprisingly quiet inside considering it’s in a busy area. Beautiful paintings on the walls, but it is not well lit so a little difficult to see. Worth a visit for the... 
    A very sweet little church, surprisingly quiet inside considering it’s in a busy area. Beautiful paintings on the walls, but it is not well lit so a little difficult to see. Worth a visit for the...  more »
  • Truly a beautiful, holy space in this great city. The history and artwork was breathtaking. Please go support this amazing church! 
    Truly a beautiful, holy space in this great city. The history and artwork was breathtaking. Please go support this amazing church!  more »
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  • Very interesting church in the centre of everything. This is church has paintings on the inside. Give this church a visit if you’re in the area as it is a great point of different in comparison to the church’s in Italy.
  • Interesting little church in a nice area for shopping or exploring. Seeing the old church next to all of the modern buildings is an interesting juxtaposition, and the church is surprisingly unique/beautiful for its size and inconspicuous nature. The ceiling above the entry is beautifully painted, and the lack of artificial light inside really adds to the ambience of antiquity. Worth checking out (entry is free) if you are in the area, but I wouldn’t make a special trip.

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