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Address: Mitropoleos Square, Athens 999-20, Greece
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19th century cathedral currently under construction

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens is a 19th century cathedral housing the tombs of two saints killed during the Ottomon invasion. Sadly the church is still undergoing... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Shawn B
Brisbane, Australia

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens is a 19th century cathedral housing the tombs of two saints killed during the Ottomon invasion. Sadly the church is still undergoing renovation so remains at least partially closed for now. I hope that in a month or two it will be reopened.

1 Thank Shawn B
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

There was no signage to suggest that the Cathedral is still undergoing major renovation. It means that basically it is not really worth visiting as most of it is not accessible. What a shame as I was looking forward to seeing the interior of this historical church. It will of course be magnificent once works are completed and scaffolding removed... More 

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Mexico City
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Nice church, however quite modern in comparison with other churches around. It's interesting to see it while in the area. In July it was in restoration, so you can't see too much inside.

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Batroun, Lebanon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

One our way to Plaka, we crossed by this amazing orthodox church. Very nice plaza in front with the bishop status in the middle. We tried to go inside, but renovation works prevented us from fully discovering this amazing church. No lights, lots of scaffolding & blankets to cover the icons & ceilings?

Thank Costy M
San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

Greece is a deeply religious country, and the Metropolis is at the heart of this faith. It is not visual striking at the moment, however, since it has been covered in scaffolding (both exterior and interior) since the 1989 earthquake. Still go inside, though, to witness the faithful in worship and quiet reflection. There are still some lovely details to... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

It is a major landmark of Athens and the site of important national ceremonies such as coronations, swearing in ceremonies, famous weddings and funerals etc. It is also the place where saints were martyred and their relics/ tombs are present here. Precious icons adorn the Cathedral. The cathedral is undergoing extensive renovations and it is not known when the beauty... More 

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Potters Bar, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

We made a detour to see the cathedral. It was covered in scaffolding or mostly blocked off altar covered over. We were able to light a candle and leave a prayer request

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

I am sure the Cathedral will be magnificent again, as soon as the renovations are completed. As previous reviews have already stated there is not much to see at the moment due to all the scaffolding. (5 August 2015). Check out the Little Mitropolis Church next door instead.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

The Mitropoli is the largest Church in Athens, It was built by the King Otto and his queen Amalia using marble from other Greek Churches. It took 20 years to build and it finally open on May 21st 1862. Inside Byzantine frescos making worth the visit. Make sure to remove your hat.

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Pincourt, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

This cathedral was undergoing a major renovation/restoration during our visit so it was difficult to appreciate its full beauty and grandeur. However, the tiny church of Saint Eleftherios was a wonderful spot to visit being just steps to the south of the cathedral.

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Staying in Plaka

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Due to its proximity to the Acropolis, Plaka remains the area where the majority of foreign visitors stay and play. Its attractive features include small squares, some notable museums and the beautiful Mitropolis cathedral, as well as a host of places to stay, eat and drink. Its pedestrian zones make it a pleasant place to escape from the city’s notorious traffic. Adrianou and Kidathineon Streets contain a number of souvenir shops, offering classier items than you will find in the Flea Market. The most rewarding section to explore is the upper reaches towards the Acropolis itself, where many old stone houses with tiled roofs have survived. Up here you can find leafier corners and the odd quaint taverna with unobstructed views of the ancient rock.
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