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The Monastery of Daphni

Athinon avenue, Athens, Greece
+30 21 0581 1558
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One of the greatest masterpieces of the Byzantine Empire, this 11th century masterpiece is currently being refurbished, so phone ahead to check if it’s open.
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Athinon avenue, Athens, Greece
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Like all old monasteries, this one is beautiful. Embelllished with icons, frescos, religious paintings you will feel the power of the Holy Spirit as you enjoy the peace and solitude

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Look at the opening hours carefully, it is not open every day and even when open there is a gate that is closed you need to push a button for staff to release the lock to enable you to enter. The restoration of this complex...More

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Reviewed February 20, 2018 via mobile

The interior and exterior of the monastery are both excellent. One of the best monasteries in Athens. Remember to look at the Christ Pentocrator. Breathtaking! Fed the stray cats, they are lonely and hungry.

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Reviewed February 10, 2018

This beautiful byzantine church was built in 10th century.It has some of the best samples of interior byzantine mosaics in Greece.The monastery is one of the three best byzantine monuments in Greece!Don't miss it,it worth a visit!

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Reviewed October 2, 2017

Outstanding Byzantine art. Tranquil oasis in a laurel grove - hence the name "Daphni". Check opening times. It would be such a pity to make the short trip from the city to find the site closed.

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Reviewed October 1, 2017 via mobile

Rally nice very fines mosayques actually the monastry is open on tuesday and friday from 9 to 14 you can reach It by metro till agia marina and then by bus A 16 or 866 at the return the bus stop is placed in a...More

4  Thank Paolo A
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Reviewed June 25, 2017

The monastery of Daphni is a byzantine masterpiece, A UNESCO World Heritage Site, that dates from the 11th century A.D. It has a wonderful architecture, it is full of beautiful mosaics and a great dome with a severe Jesus in a golden background! The restoration...More

2  Thank Aris K
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Reviewed January 5, 2017

Been there today, still is closed. You can enjoy exterior trough the fence. Marvelous. It takes 30 min from Monasteriki, go to the metro Hagia Marina, and then take the bus 866 to Psihiatreion bus stop (or ask the driver to tel you when to...More

2  Thank Lolika25
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Reviewed August 7, 2016

It's a small church, with maybe 20 partially restored beautiful mosaic scenes, and a wonderful head of Jesus (remarkably similar to the one in Cefalu, Sicily) in the dome. They won't let you take photos, which is a pity, but it's very much worth seeing....More

4  Thank annmacy
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Reviewed June 27, 2016

Off the beaten path of typical Athens, this monastery is inspiring. Definitely worth the drive and the visit.

2  Thank Stefanie S
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Well, I have not done it yet so I cannot speak from personal experience....but my own research on Google maps shows you would take the Metro Line 3 to the end of the line at Egaleo (just a few stops from Syntagma Square... More
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