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Kaisariani Monastery (Kessariani)

Mount Ymittos-Kaisariani | 5 km from Athens, Athens, Greece
+30 21 0723 6619
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A Byzantine-era religious compound in wonderful surroundings

We visited this museum on a weekday and it was worth it. The buildings are well-preserved and... read more

Reviewed June 6, 2017
Bowral, Australia
a must se area near Athens

A lovely small byzantine monastery of the 11th century with an area around it worth visiting! The... read more

Reviewed March 12, 2017
Athens, Greece
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This delightful little Byzantine church contains some interesting icons and the reconstruction of a monk's cell.
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good22%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“few hours” (2 reviews)
“forest” (13 reviews)
“nature” (6 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Mount Ymittos-Kaisariani | 5 km from Athens, Athens, Greece
+30 21 0723 6619
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Reviewed June 6, 2017

We visited this museum on a weekday and it was worth it. The buildings are well-preserved and throw a light into a centuries-past monastic life. Although there are other such survivors of the Byzantine tradition (Mystra and Dafni amongst them), this one is very close...More

Thank terry2017782
Reviewed March 12, 2017

A lovely small byzantine monastery of the 11th century with an area around it worth visiting! The monastery itself is a small jewel , with the main church and chapel of St. Antony, the kitchen, dinning area and cells. It is now a museum and...More

Thank AthinaKyr
Reviewed December 17, 2016 via mobile

A really peaceful and special place to visit. The walk to the monastery is lovely and makes it part of the serene attraction. Ok to do in cooler weather too. Bring your comfy walking shoes!

Thank Renee R
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...More

1  Thank daunia
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...More

5  Thank daphnia_d
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

Thank Pelazi
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.

1  Thank Carmen L
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...More

8  Thank Xenophon M
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...

Thank AthanasiaGreece
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...More

Thank Xochitl609
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