St. Marina Church

St. Marina Church, Athens

St. Marina Church
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Neighborhood: Thissio / Makriyanni
Named after the well-preserved Thission (ancient temple of Hephaestus), Thissio is blessed with a small wooded park and some less frenetic streets that offer numerous quieter places to stay and eat. Largely pedestrianized Apostolou Pavlou Street runs between the Acropolis and forested Filopappou Hill, well worth climbing for more great panoramas, until it merges with Dionysiou Areopagitou Street. This leads to the up-and-coming area of Makriyanni, whose centerpiece is the magnificent new Acropolis Museum. Opposite the museum is the entrance to the southern slopes of the Acropolis, while the eponymous metro station nearby is at the top of Makriyanni Street, another strip of touristic cafés and restaurants.
How to get there
  • Thissio • 5 min walk
  • Monastiraki • 8 min walk
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permia
Ireland37,817 contributions
Monumentally grandly placed on high its multi-faceted facades are marvellous. And not least because of the distinctive horizontal light brown stripes encircling the whole edifice.

It made for an impressive sight as we ascended Agias Marinas towards it.

Being under renovation inside with lots of scaffolding didn’t distract from the expansive nave culminating in a grand iconostasis.

Frescoes and icons are numerous throughout. A wonderful dome filled with ambient light provided a gorgeous vista. Stained glass apertures suffused the whole space with a soft warm light.
Written May 31, 2020
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Llewellyn53
Melbourne, Australia4,032 contributions
Couples
The church is located up on a hill as you walk along Apostolou Pavlou so it is easy to spot but if you walk 50 or so metres up Otrineon you can still see the steps carved into the rock that allowed easy access for residents up and down the rocky slopes - histroy everywhere you look.
Written September 10, 2018
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Martinika K
Rzeszow, Poland16 contributions
Worth visiting for all Marinas in the world :) It has calm atmosphere, interesting paintings and icons (ikony). If you are not Orthodox - worth to ask about the meaning of some actions, which going on in the church. The location is on the hill, (as mostly all in Athens), but a bit hidden.
Written May 28, 2018
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gentbrugg
Moscow2,304 contributions
Friends
Quite a spectacular church, although it is not yet a hundred years old. However, from the Acropolis or Philopappou hill, it, along with the National Observatory attracts the attention ahead of everything else. The complex includes an ancient chapel with interesting frescoes, some of which, however, were moved to the new church and are adjacent to the more familiar modern paintings. To get to the church is quite simply - from metro station "Monastiraki" or "Thissio" on foot 5-7 minutes until Nymfeion (hill of Nymphs), further to the right on the street of thesame name about 40 metres. It is convenient to take pictures from three sides.
Written July 3, 2019
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Tom J
London, UK1,437 contributions
Couples
The church itself is located just south west of the Acropolis on a site just above the Sanctuary of Zeus.

The church itself is stunning to look at but it also holds the secret that it is located on a 13AD cave.

Very interesting place to stop off at!
Written April 26, 2018
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docklas
Athens, Greece804 contributions
Couples
Being there for a wedding, I could stay even longer. If you can understand or speak Greek then it's really worth attending the mess as it's not a common one. Priest makes the pray a really holy time as he prays slowly, though very clearly. This church is on your way to the Observatory, another worthy visit. The caretaker will kindly welcome you inside for a look around.

Built back in1924, it stands on the site of a 13th century cave church. This natural cave now functions as the baptistery and can be entered from inside the modern church.

Ask the caretaker to guid you into the cave and describe to you the artworks on the walls.
Written April 12, 2018
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TorontoJK
Toronto, Canada2,007 contributions
Family
We passed this church on our way to the Observatory. We ran into the caretaker and he kindly welcomed us inside for a look around.

The church was built in 1924 but it stands on the site of a 13th century cave church. This natural cave now functions as the baptistery and can be entered from inside the modern church.

The caretaker guided us into the cave and turned on the lights so we could see the artworks on the walls.

A truly fascinating experience.
Written August 9, 2017
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