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The Monastery of Daphni

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The Monastery of Daphni

88 Reviews
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permia wrote a review Jun 2020
Ireland36,474 contributions1,602 helpful votes
Following online guidance, early Saturday morning we went to Ika Bus Stop expecting to take No A16 to the Monastery, but it was either changed or discontinued. A local kindly advised crossing the square for another bus, but again no success. Eventually took a taxi for a few € arriving before 8am opening time. We had the holy complex to ourselves, in the glorious sunshine. Its evocative history dates as far back to the 6th century with its moniker deriving from the laurels growing there. It has tremendous architectural features with impressive stone and brick work. It was great walking around the grand cloisters. Ruins of the expansive Scriptorium are to be seen, the size reflecting the importance of writing and manuscripts. Mosaic wise it is fabulous. What is extant following restoration is delightful. Christ Pantokrator is remarkable in its clarity. The Transfiguration is still radiant portraying Elijah and Moses on either side of Christ with Apostles James, Peter and John at his feet.
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Date of experience: March 2020
jordanellie41 wrote a review Jan 2020
Bolton, United Kingdom833 contributions256 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: September 2019
vitavoyager wrote a review Oct 2019
Miami, Florida94 contributions6 helpful votes
If you love Orthodox mosaics that rival the beauty of those in Istanbul visit the Monastery of Daphni. I spent 2 hours here this morning. Few visitors. Had the church interior to myself for 15 minutes. A guard showed us around actually. Quiet setting. Can be reached by metro/bus combination - metro to Agia Marina stop, then bus 801, 811, 836, 866, 876 to bus stop "Psyciatreio" then short walk, or in 25-35 minutes by taxi. Two of us did taxi due to time restraints & paid 70E for round trip. Free admission when we were there. Open some days. Closed others when conservation work is done so be sure to check before going.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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g w wrote a review Sep 2019
52 contributions22 helpful votes
If ur in Athens an got 1/2 a day, it is worth to visit this jewel w its magnificent mosaics. I took bus 16 from Eleftherias (Koumoundourou) sq on a sat morning, the ride took 20', the bus stop is a 5' walk from the monastery. Ride back took 25'. Check the timetable on the internet so u can adjust your visit and avoid waiting for the bus. Get your tkt beforehand, since u can't buy it on the bus! I think a visit of up to 2 hs is enough. If the gate is closed, just ring the bell. It is supossed to be open wed, thur, fr & sat 08-15, entry is free.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Phil369 wrote a review Aug 2019
Liège131 contributions92 helpful votes
If you want to visit this wonderful place outside Athens, you'd better check the opening days and hours. In July ,2019 (when I visited), the monastery was only open from Wednesday to Saturday from 8 to 15. But the opneing days and hours seem to change all the time. Visiting Athens, the place can easily be reached by public transportation - By metro (Line 3 - Agia Marina -Doukissis Plakentias/Airport) to Agia Marina station and then by bus (bus lines 801, 811, 865, 836, 866, 876 and Α16 - bus stop "Psyciatreio"). It is definitely worth it, though most of the tourists visiting Athens won't be there, concentrating on the sights in the city centre. This gives a permanent peaceful atmosphere to the place. Together with Ossios Loukas and Kaisariani, it is definitely worth a visit. The mosaïcs are wonderful - they belong to the bbest ones in Greece.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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