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The Church of Panaghia Kapnikarea was founded in the 11th century and built on the ruins of an ancient temple, dedicated to a female goddess.
Most of the paintings inside are from the 20th century, and are the work of Photis Contoglou.
Open: Mon, Wed, Sat, Sun 8-14 Tue, Thr, Fri 16.30-21.30
Closed on national holidays
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Kapnikarea is remarkable for two reasons: (1) it is an eleventh century church; and (2) it is in the centre of Ermou street, the main shopping street in downtown Athens. This little church is a nice historical break to an afternoon of shopping, as its dome is supported by four Roman columns. It also has some pretty icons painted above the doors.
The tiny Kapnikarea Church, located right in the middle of Ermou Street is probably one of the nicest places in the Plaka. The modern city of Athens popped up around this little jewel and left it relatively untouched. Be sure to take note of the beautiful Byzantine mosaic over the main door.
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