Agia Dynami Church, Athens
Agia Dynami church is one of the most interesting small churches to see in the city center not because it is something special itself but because the Ministry of Education was built upon and around the church (ok, part of it but still it’s funny to see it trying to escape under 3 columns of the big building). Yes, as you can imagine the authorities preferred to do this because they didn’t want to destroy this old church.
It was probably built back in the 15th century although it took its shape we see today in 1912. There used to be an ancient temple at the same spot dedicated to Hercules.
Agia Dynami (means St Power in greek) is dedicated to the birth of Virgin Mary and according the the legend Agia Dynami was the protector of the pregnants that were going there to pray.
Although tiny the church is always busy with local people that go there to light a candle, especially in the mornings. I tried to learn more about the church from the priest but he wasn’t in good mood, he may thought “what does the tourist want from me now?” But it was funny when I stayed inside for a while to take a picture (nothing special anyway to see, check pic 4) he stood next to me, so I went out again and he followed me! Come on father, we are here for VT after all :)
This small church in the centre of Athens is incredible. It is under the Ministry of Education and Religion, in Mitropoleos street, squeezed between the pillars.
Agia Dynami is dedicated to the birth of Virgin Mary. Agia Dynami was believed to protect women in labor.
It seems that the church could not be demolished and the ministerial building had to respect it... but they could, at least, separate a bit more the pillars and leave it "free"!
The church is very popular and many Athenians enter everyday for a while, when going to work.