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Address: Mount Ymittos-Kaisariani | 5 km from Athens, Athens, Greece
Phone Number: +30 21 0723 6619
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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This delightful little Byzantine church contains some interesting icons and...

This delightful little Byzantine church contains some interesting icons and the reconstruction of a monk's cell.

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Interesting frescoes and beautiful view and hikes in the forest

The monastery is from the 11th Century: beautiful. You can see the cells, the chapel of St. Anthony, the kitchen and refectory. There are very interesting frescoes in the 'main... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 31, 2016
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Napoli-Victoria
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

The monastery is from the 11th Century: beautiful. You can see the cells, the chapel of St. Anthony, the kitchen and refectory. There are very interesting frescoes in the 'main' church. It is located at the feet of Mt Ymittos, very close to Athens. The surroundings are forested, green and peaceful. You can walk up the mountain from the monastery,... More 

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

Kaisarianis monastery (Moni Kaisarianis) is a well preserved monastery of 11th century, located in the aesthetic forest of Ymittos Mountain. It is a piece of paradise only a few minutes away from the busy center of Athens . It can be reached by taxi or car during the day (access to the forest is prevented by bars after the dusk,... More 

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2016

An οld monastery through a lush forest of pine trees. It's a lovely and cool place for a walk with your family. There is a cafe close where you can enjoy a coffee or a beer in nature

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Camarillo, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2016

This monastery is very quaint and beautiful. You'll need a cab to get there and although it's not near any other sight, it's peaceful and beautiful. Worth the cab ride if reasonably priced.

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2015

It is very pictoresque monastery almost at a walking distance from Acropolis (better take bus 240 to Kessariani and then walk). Well preserved with a small Byzantine church, a hypocauste. With some of the lates Byzantine paitings. Nature all around is very beuatiful. Worth walking there with friends. After the visit you can walk in the forest, see flowers all... More 

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2015

Go for the walks into the forest and the views to Athens from above! Parking is not very easy on weekends...

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2015

The monks that originally inhabited this monastery originally lived in caves not far and into the mountains. The monastery is very pretty although it seems to be overrun by tourists as well as locals even in the off season. The monk that I saw there didn't seem to be too friendly. No smile.

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Nottingham
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2015

First visit, was disappointed in a way, after visiting Other monastery. Need a taxi to wait for you. Not an occupied monastery, not as much to see.

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2015

A peaceful refuge. This 10th century byzantine monastery is wonderful and with very important historic significance. Great frescoes. Easy to access (take the 224 bus from Syntagma on Vasilissis Sofias Ave beside Parliament. In 25 mins or so get off at the final stop in Kaisariani & walk past the cemetery up the long hill to this delightful old monastery... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2015

A delightful 10th century Byzantine monastery, with church, refectory, monks' cells and bathhouse. The marble interior and frescoes show its former importance and wealth. With few tourists, it is a wonderful contrast to the bustle of central Athens. Well worth the taxi fare to get there.

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