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Church of Panaghia Kapnikarea
The Church of Panaghia Kapnikarea is a Greek Orthodox Church one of the oldest churches in Athens.
It is estimated that the church was built in the XI-th century. As it was common with the early Christian churches this was built over an ancient Greek pagan temple dedicated to the worship of a female goddess possibly Athena or Demeter.
The church is located in the downtown of Athens right in the middle of the high-traffic shopping area of Ermou Street, at the edge of the Plaka district.
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- Historical Travel
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
- Religious Travel
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.
The small Byzantine church is typical of many that are dotted all over the city. This one attributes its foundation to the Empress Irene, although it is doubtful. The structure is, at its earliest, 11thC. It is cruciform in shape with a central dome. The porch has attractive mosaics and the exterior is covered with typical Byzantine brick courses. Restored by the University it is its official church.
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