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Old August 30th, 2005, 12:10 PM   #1
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Churches of Greece - Part 1 , the largest

The three largest in size churches of Greece (all orthodox) are :

1) The cathedral of Saint Apostol Andreas , the First person who was called by the Lord , situated at the city of Patras , North Peloponnese

Historical facts :
The two churches dedicated to Patras' patron Saint, St Andrew, constitute a national and Pan-Orthodox place of pilgrimage. The small Church was erected during the 1836-1843 period at the spot where Apostle Andrew died a martyr. It is a basilica work of architect Lyssandros Kaftantzoglou. The whole body icons on the roof depicting scenes from the Bible, Fathers and Patriarchs are works of the great religious painter Dimitris Hatziaslanis, alias known as Byzantios. At the front and on the right side of the Church, near the sanctuary, is located the marble sepulchre of the Apostle. In the mid-4th century, on the initiative of Emperor Constantine, the Holy Relics was transferred to St Apostles' Church in Constantinople. When the Franks occupied the city, the Relics were transferred to Italy. On September 26th 1964, the Saint's Head returned to Patras by Pope Paul and after the actions that the citizens of Patras and the Orthodox Church took.

The new magnificent Byzantine church was founded in 1908 by King George I and inaugurated in 1974 by Patras' Metropolitan Bishop Nikodimos.
It is the one of the largest and most artistic church in the Balkans and one of the largest across Europe. The supervision of the construction works was initially undertaken by architect Anastasioa Metaxas, and after his death (1937) by architect Georgios Nomikos. The Church's central dome is ~50m high and supports a five meter high gold-plated cross and twelve smaller ones, symbolising Jesus and his twelve disciples respectively. The church's capacity is 5.500 persons.







2) The cathedral of Saint Panteleimon , situated at the center of Athens , acharnon avenue.




3) The cathedral of Saint Nectarios , situated at the island of Aegina , Saronic Gulf



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Old August 30th, 2005, 08:04 PM   #2
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Saint Nectarios is gorgeos!!
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Old September 1st, 2005, 07:55 PM   #3
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Arpels , here is one more for you , not so big but i like it very much ,
the church of Saint Menas (patron saint of Heraclion) , situated at the capital of Crete , Heraclion.

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is nice too, do you have interior pics?
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Old September 2nd, 2005, 08:11 PM   #5
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very beautiful churches. I demand more pics
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Old September 5th, 2005, 02:41 AM   #6
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Thank you Chukchi and Arpels , here some more for you :


The church of Agios Nectarios (Aegina) from another perspective...




Church of Agios Petros (Saint Peter) in Argos , Peloponnese




The church of Panagia (Virgin Mary ) of Tinos Island

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Panagia church and small monastery , Island of Amorgos , Central Aegean sea




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Cathedral of Agios Therapontas (Άγιος Θεράποντας - Saint Therapon) , Mytilene , Island of Lesbos (north east Aegean sea)

Here you can see a partial view of the port of Mytilene , and the church which dominates.
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Church of Agios Nikolaos (Άγιος Νικόλαος - St. Nikolaus 19 century) , Galaxidi (beautiful coastal town on Corinth Gulf ) Mainland (Sterea Ellada - opposite from Peloponnese)

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Skare this is a magical journey....



amazing churches , it is very interesting the different architecture and construction technique from place to place...

Church of Panagia of Chora , Island of Folegandros , Aegean sea (Cyclades)

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Some of them have grand byzantine , some mixed influences , some have different styles.
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Skaros, when was the Saint Nectarios church built ?
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Old September 7th, 2005, 12:53 AM   #14
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The churches of the islands are really beautiful!!!
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Old September 7th, 2005, 01:41 AM   #15
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@Arpels thank you , in the next few days i will post some photos from the interrior of the temples and various photos from icons,frescos and other byzantine and orthodox art.

@ Stanpolitan yes there are many different and some times mixed styles , that is something that i like though...

@Joya the church of St. Nektarios is very new , i think not more then 30 years old (still the interrior decoration and frescos are not finished)
St. Nektarios is one of the newest orthodox Saints since he let this world during 19s.
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Skaros . The great Byzantine-Ottoman tradition continues in churches and in mosques. I show pics of churches and mosques in Istanbul , in Turkey and in Greece to other international people, they mostly confuse the mosques and the churches , unless they see minarets-towers. The commonality of this ancient byzantine-ottoman style surprises people. For some reason I get emotional and proud when I see this magnificient churches , especially with byzantine style. I adore them
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Church of Panaghia Thalassitra , Island of Milos , Central Aegean Sea (cyclades)

Located in Kastro, just above Plaka, on one of the most beautiful spots of Milos, the church of Panaghia Thalassitra is known as the protector of sailors.

It is dated from 1738 and has been renovated and joined with the small chapel of Panaghia Eleousa.

Above the door, coat of arms of the Crispus family (dukes of Naxos) can be seen.

Most of the icons inside the church have been made by the famous Miloan artist, Emmanuel Skordilis, and his disciples.


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Church and small monastery of Panagia Chryssopigi (Holy Mother of God ) ,
Island of Sifnos , central Aegean sea (Cyclades)



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its beautiful the contrast with the tower and the with of the churche of Panaghia Thalassitra!!
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Haghia Sofia , City of Thessaloniki , region of Macedonia (8th century) ,

The church was built in the 7th century, on the ruins of a large, five-aisled basilica dated to the 5th century A.D. It was the metropolitan church of Thessalonike, dedicated to the Wisdom (Sophia) of God and soon became the nucleus of a large building complex, with administrative and religious functions. In 1524, it was converted into a mosque, it was burnt down in 1890 and was repaired between 1907 and 1909. After the liberation of the city, in 1912, it was restored to Christian worship.

The present architectural form of the monument is in many aspects, quite different from the original 7th century structure. Several parts of the interior pictorial decoration are preserved: mosaics on the dome and the sanctuary, dated to the 8th-12th centuries A.D. and wall paintings of the 11th century, in the narthex.



Church of Saint Grigorios Palamas , Thessaloniki





Church of Aghios Panteleimon , Thessaloniki

The church was the catholicon (main church) of the Monastery of Theotocos Perivleptos, built at the end of the 13th or the beginning of the 14th century, by James, the metropolitan bishop of Thessalonike. During the Turkish occupation it was converted into a mosque, probably between the years 1568-1571. Nearly all the frescoes that adorned the interior of the church were then hammered down and its walls whitewashed. After the liberation of the city in 1912, the monument was restored to Christian worship.

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