The Monastery of Daphni
The Monastery of Daphni
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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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jordanellie41
Longridge, UK1,058 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
This place was a pure joy to see and totally unexpected. It's worth the 20 minute bus journey outside of the city to see it. Parts of it are still standing, other parts are ruins but it's structure is awesome. It's a little plain on the inside but you do have to use your imagination. It has a beautiful dome and murals, but be careful to check it's opening times as they are infrequent.
Written January 1, 2020
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JohnRegoPark
Rego Park, NY1,241 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This is a textbook example of Byzantine architecture which has been fully restored after the devastating earthquake of 1999. You can get here by metro and bus, but honestly, uber is your best bet. From downtown Athens it took only 15 minutes. There is no admission fee. While the church itself is inactive, the community around it maintains the property beautifully. The mosaics have been entirely restored and look magnificent. Wander around the property to see the great stonework on the exterior. This is a great change of pace from the constant series of ruins that the Greek travel experience can turn into.
Written May 5, 2024
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Eoin M
Dublin, Ireland49 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Solo
The Monastery of Daphni was a World Heritage site, probably the best place in the world to see Byzantine mosaics. Then in 1999 it was hit by an earthquake. The whole place came very close to complete collapse. They've been restoring it ever since.

You can visit the Monastery even though it is being repaired. In October 2012, the opening hours were Tuesday and Friday only, 9am to 2pm. You have to ring the bell on the gate and they will buzz you in. Although the church which holds the mosaics is completely encased in scaffolding, both inside and out, if you hang around for a bit, a guide will bring you in and let you see the mosaics - you'll have to peer at them through the scaffolding, but at least they let you climb up high into the church and you can get really close to the priceless pictures.

Daphni is only about 6 miles from the city centre, so the easiest way to get there is probably by taxi, but you can get the A16 bus. Ask the bus driver to tell you when you're there.
Written November 17, 2012
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REDMAN
Egaleo, Greece4,930 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Family
We gave a name to my little nephew on this church. It was a beautiful day and the whole family gathered.
Written December 25, 2018
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hemarwai
Oxford, UK189 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
I was really looking forward to seeing mosaics at Dapfni, and according to the guide book, I would find it open, BUT please note it is only open on Tuesday and Fridays. We went on Saturday!!!
Scaffolding, shut gates, covered in plastic sheeting - what a disappointment. I should have read other people's reviews.

However, we made up for this useless journey by visiting Hosias Loukas, which I have reviewed too. It is glorious.
Written September 17, 2014
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Andy P
Evesham, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Solo
Recomended

Restoration is due complete in 2 years.
Go now as inner scaffolding allows sight from 2 metres away of stunning 11Century mosaics.
After restoration you will be cricking your neck to see the mosaics from ground level.
At Oct 2013 , open Tues and Fri 0900 to 1400.
The mosaics are the best thing I saw in week of enthusiastic museum bashing
Written October 18, 2013
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Karl A
Barnstable, MA73 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012
Itjust reopened for two morning a week, after being closed since the 1999 earthquake. Only parts are accessible, and there is still an enormous amount of work to do. Most of what you see is half covered in scaffolding, but still is sensational. Would rate a 6 if all of it were accessible. By all means, take bus A16 and go! We waited 12 years for the opportunity!
Written May 12, 2012
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Paolo A
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
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 different site than the arrival
Written October 1, 2017
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lesliekaplan
Jacksonville, FL52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Family
If you are an architecture fan, you might want to wait until the scaffolding, which is both inside and outside, comes down. But if you are interested in the mosaics, you might be better off now, when you can ascend the scaffolding and see many of the upper mosaics at eye level. Some of the prophets are obscured, and the pantokrator is entirely hidden, but many of the others, including the transfiguration, the birth of Christ, the annunciation are all at eye level. Wow! Never been so close to anything like that in my life!
Written July 8, 2014
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karin861
Warsaw, Poland218 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Friends
To be honest I got disappointed. The Monastery of Daphni was a World Heritage site but on average lever, moslty ruined and in bad condition fo the building. The door were closed. Located not far from the center of Athens, however it can be difficult to get there during rush hours when all traffic jams are taking place...
Written December 9, 2012
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