Church of Panaghia Gorgoepikoos, Athens

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    Church of Panaghia Gorgoepikoos

    by Maryimelda Updated Feb 27, 2010

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    This is the cutest little church, which is also known as the Little Cathedral as it stands right next to the Cathedral of Athens. It is a byzantine structure, made of marble taken from an Ancient Temple which stood on the same site centuries before.

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    The 'little cathedral'

    by leics Updated Apr 20, 2009

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    The 'little cathedral', Agios Eleftherios, is a lovely, tiny building standing in the shadow of the much, much larger and much more recent cathedral (dating from 1842).

    Agios Eleftherios dates from the 12th century, although there is said to have been a church here since the earliest days of Greek Christianity.

    The church was closed every time I passed it, which was a pity, but the exterior repays close examination. Amongst its stones you can see many a recycled piece of ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine work.

    The carving over the door is part of a 2nd century AD calendar showing Athenian festivals.

    Platia Mitropoleos itself is a quiet spot in a very busy city.......wide and open, with a fringe of shade-giving trees and a few cafes, it was usually fairly empty when I passed though. A good place for a quiet coffee or beer.

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    The church of Panagia Gorgoepikoos

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jul 24, 2008

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    This church is also known as “Little Metropolis”. It was dedicated to the Madonna the Panaghia Gorgoepikoos. Later on it was dedicated to Aghios Eleutherios which explains the double name.
    This church stands on the Mitropoleos square, in the Plaka neighbourhood, on the side of the huge modern Metropolis Cathedral. It is one of the finest Byzantine relics of the city and is dated to the XII-th century.

    You may watch my high resolution photo of Athens on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 37º 58' 30.20" N 23º 43' 47.14" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio The church of Panagia Gorgoepikoos .

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    Church of Theotokos Gorgoepikoos

    by aukahkay Written Nov 18, 2007

    In the Plaka area on Ermou lies a Byzantine style church, the Church of Theotokos Gorgoepikoos. The interior of the church is a typical Byzantine style church where you can light up a candle and pray at the iconostasis.

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    Byzantine Little Metropolis

    by athenian80 Written Mar 20, 2005

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    Just next to the Cathedral of Athens -that after the 1999 earthquake is behind scaffolding- at Mitropoleos square there is a tiny chapel. This 12th -century byzantine masterpiece is dedicated to Agios (St.) Eleftherios. Built on the beautifully matured marble walls are fragments of much older buildings. Pay attention at the facade's frieze: embossed representations of the months, with their zodiac symbols and the feasts that accompany them. The crosses were added in the 12th century. The size of the chapel reflects Athens' size during that period: a small town. Besides St. Eleftherios it is also dedicated to "Panagia Gorgoepikoos" (=Out Lady of Urgent Requests) a connection with the ancient worship of Eleutho, godess of child-bearing. The nickname "Little Metropolis" is after the comparison with the Mitropolitan temple, the Athens Cathedral just next to the tiny chapel.

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    Church of Panaghia Gorgoepikoos

    by Polly74 Written Jun 4, 2004

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    The church stands next to the modern Cathedral of Athens. It was constructed at the end of the 12th century, on the ruins of an ancient temple, dedicated to goddess Eileithyia.
    It was initially called "Little Metropolis", it was dedicated to Panaghia Gorgoepikoos and belonged to the episcopal mansion of Athens. In the 17th century it was referred to as both "Gorgoepikoos" and "Catholicon". In 1841 it housed the public library of Athens and in 1863 it was dedicated to Aghios Eleutherios.

    The walls of the church are entirely constructed of large, ancient Greek, Roman, early Byzantine marble blocks and relief plaques, without bricks. The reliefs, ninety in total, are mostly used on the upper section of the walls, resulting in a unique, for a Christian church, decoration. The dome is the only part built in the typical cloisonne masonry.

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    by GeorgiosX Written Aug 26, 2002

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