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Old September 25th, 2005, 09:06 PM   #21
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Church of Presentation of the Holy Mother of Christ (Panagia)
Mount Hymettus , Athens


The Moni of Kaissariani is situated 5km east of Athens near the top of Mont Hymettus. The Monastery is located in a beautiful area surrounded by pine trees, cypress trees and wild flowers.

The church is dated to the 11th century and is dedicated to the Presentation of the Virgin. It was built on the place of an ancient temple dedicated to Demeter, a goddess of nature of Agriculture. A second temple erected there during the Roman period.
The actual monastery was built using material from the Roman temple and that is the reason of the existence of four columns.
The church's interior is also of great interest. There are beautiful frescoes dating from the 16th and 17th century.
There is a spring located above the hill, source of the river Ilissos whose waters were once sacred to Aphrodite and therefore believed to cure infertility.



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Old September 25th, 2005, 11:01 PM   #22
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Wow, those churches are amazing, sometimes I wish I was Orthodox.
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Old September 26th, 2005, 01:16 PM   #23
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Church of Presentation of the Holy Mother of Christ (Panagia)
Mount Hymettus , Athens


The Moni of Kaissariani is situated 5km east of Athens near the top of Mont Hymettus. The Monastery is located in a beautiful area surrounded by pine trees, cypress trees and wild flowers.

The church is dated to the 11th century and is dedicated to the Presentation of the Virgin. It was built on the place of an ancient temple dedicated to Demeter, a goddess of nature of Agriculture. A second temple erected there during the Roman period.
The actual monastery was built using material from the Roman temple and that is the reason of the existence of four columns.
The church's interior is also of great interest. There are beautiful frescoes dating from the 16th and 17th century.
There is a spring located above the hill, source of the river Ilissos whose waters were once sacred to Aphrodite and therefore believed to cure infertility.



so beautiful look that Byzantin frescoes.
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Old September 30th, 2005, 11:25 AM   #24
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Arpels and Eurostar thank you

Arpels i see you are interested in mosaics and frescos , i should post a thread in the agora with such images and explanations!

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Old September 30th, 2005, 12:23 PM   #25
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cool thanks I adore Byzantin frescoes
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Old October 1st, 2005, 11:22 PM   #26
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Church of Panagia , Mesochori , Island of Karpathos (south-east Aegean sea- dodecannese islands)

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Old October 2nd, 2005, 03:57 AM   #27
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Stunning churches. Salonica has a big potential . They were one of the major cities even in Ottoman times , but Athens was not . I want to see Salonica together with Athens with full power . I have partly Salonican heritage , one of my ancestors had a vineyard close there , decades ago.
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Old October 2nd, 2005, 10:16 PM   #28
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Beautiful churches - photos!
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Old October 2nd, 2005, 10:19 PM   #29
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Excellent work by Skaros, as usual!
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Old November 10th, 2005, 04:39 PM   #30
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Old byzantine church of Agios Nikolaos ragavas
( ΑΓΙΟΣ ΝΙΚΟΛΑΟΣ ΡΑΓΚΑΒΑΣ ) 11th Century

Athens , historical center (plaka)


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Old November 11th, 2005, 01:51 PM   #31
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nice churche!!
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Old November 11th, 2005, 09:24 PM   #32
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Amazing, I had never seen pics of the big ones shown at the beginning of the thread. Greece never stops surprising me !
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Old November 12th, 2005, 02:17 AM   #33
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Geia sou Arpels! geia sou Urbane!

Here one more for you!

Church of St. Apostols ( ΑΓΙΟΙ ΑΠΟΣΤΟΛΟΙ ) 11th Century
Athens , plaka (on the slopes of Acropolis)


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Old November 12th, 2005, 02:46 PM   #34
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especially the white ones are so nice
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Old November 12th, 2005, 08:15 PM   #35
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Magnificent pictures Skaros. Thank you very much for posting them.
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Old December 17th, 2005, 12:17 PM   #36
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Church of Agios Dionysios ( ΑΓΙΟΣ ΔΙΟΝΥΣΙΟΣ ), Patras

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Old December 17th, 2005, 10:27 PM   #37
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As posted in a separate thread:

St Constantine and St Helen's Church, Glyphada, Athens

Please note: This post is also available in the Hellenic Forum. Please click here to access it.


I don't know why I like so much this church. It is located in beautiful coastal suburb of Glyphada (text in Greek, nice pics with the church right on the opening page).

Although surprisingly original in design, in fact, this church is not a genuine Byzantine one.

Construction on the temple devoted to the Saints Konstantine and Helen started in the early 1930's and was completed in 1938, albeit the then completed church was much smaller in size than what it is now. In 1942 during an air raid by the allied air forces (Glyphada is located at a close distance to the old Athens Airport in the Hellenikon area which, during WWII was used by the occupying axis forces as a transportation hub), a bomb destroyed the small temple.

After the war, a new and much bidgger church was built, which in my view is one of the many jewels of this beautiful suburb. The temple is visited both by orthodox Christians, as well as many other visitors belonging to different Christian and non-Christian religious doctrines aalike, and is one of the highlights of the area...


So, although not an original church dating back to the Byzantine era, this one possesses one of the most original architecture designs you may find in Greece for a church in my view .


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Old December 20th, 2005, 12:07 PM   #38
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Geia sou Arpels! geia sou Urbane!

Here one more for you!

Church of St. Apostols ( ΑΓΙΟΙ ΑΠΟΣΤΟΛΟΙ ) 11th Century
Athens , plaka (on the slopes of Acropolis)


thanks thys one is fantastic with diferent colors of stone
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Old December 20th, 2005, 06:06 PM   #39
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@gm thanks for posting!!, your photos are really great!! (i like too that small church of glyfada!)

@Arpels Geia sou file mou , i am glad you enjoy the photos! More to come in the next days!
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