Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens

Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens

Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens

Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens
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Neighborhood: Syntagma
Perhaps the best place to get your bearings is Syntagma Square, crowned by the imposing Parliament building on its upper side and surrounded by other large structures, such as the exclusive Hotel Grande Bretagne. The grand avenues that lead towards Omonia are also full of massive Neoclassical edifices like the Numismatic Museum and those around smaller Platia Kolokotroni. Here you will find lots of travel agents, bookshops and fashion shops, especially on Ermou Street. Just south of Syntagma Square, you can take a breather in the lush National Gardens, which extend into the grounds of the Zappeio palace and beyond to the ancient Temple of Olympian Zeus.
How to get there
  • Syntagma • 6 min walk
  • Monastiraki • 6 min walk
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PaulB
Maastricht, The Netherlands2,688 contributions
The Great Metropolitan of the Annunciation is the athedral of the Archdiocese of Athens.
The first stone was laid in1842 by King Otto the First and his wife Amalia van Oldenburg.
The chirch was initially built in 'Greco-Byzantine' style, however, between the end of the 19th and the middle of the 20th century, lots of alterations and additions both to its interior and exterior, changed the building into is current appearance.
Inside are the tombs of Gregory V of Constantinople and Saint Philothei.
Admission is free, although a (small) donation will always be appreciated.
Written February 27, 2020
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RandyRoss
Ridgetown, Canada10,180 contributions
Located in the middle of the Pláka (old town) area, this church somehow seems to be the center of Athens. Construction of the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Annunciation began on Christmas day in 1842 and was completed in May of 1862.
In the Square in front of the Cathedral stand two statues. The first is that of Constantine XI, the last emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire. The second is a statue of Archbishop Damaskinos who was Archbishop of Athens during World War II and was Regent for King George II and Prime Minister of Greece in 1946. The churches under his jurisdiction were also ordered quietly by Damaskinos to distribute Christian baptismal certificates to Jews fleeing the Nazis, thus saving thousands of Romaniote Jews in and around Athens.
This is a beautiful church but relatively new. That makes sense since the population of Athens was only 4,000 in 1833 growing to 44,500 by 1870 (and yes it is 5 million today).
Written December 21, 2021
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permia
Ireland37,798 contributions
Along Ermou to Syntagma from Monastiraki on the fine Square stands this monumental place of Worship. Standing in front of it, with our back to the great statue of Damaskinos Papandreou, is to see a magnificent sight.

A gorgeous facade with double towers and ornate embellishments leads one to the interior. An immense nave crowned with a delightful dome is just one of the marvellous features.

Here are Tombs of two Saints martyred during the Ottoman repression. Saint Philothei in 1589 and the Patriarch of Constantinople Gregory V in 1821.

Exquisite art works are to be seen, including a beautifully carved wooded repository for candles that are profusely lit throughout. Icons abound with worshippers in reverence in front.
Written December 27, 2020
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Vikki G
Peterborough, Canada151 contributions
We were walking through Mitropoleos Square when we came across this beautiful church.

It does not cost anything to go into, however they ask you be respectful and be covered up.

The inside is stunning full of art and this is worth the stop to walk through.
Written February 28, 2022
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Eileen108
Mount Shasta, CA3,937 contributions
It is a big Cathedral, though somewhat plain inside and out. It did not take long to visit, only about 15 minutes. I would recommend a visit here - it is actually the seat of the Greek Orthodox Church and Arch Bishop in Greece. It was made more meaningful because I was listening to an audio tour on my phone, do a search of Rick Steves travel audio guides to download it before your visit!
Written September 4, 2020
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Alex
Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine6,537 contributions
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Beautiful Cathedral. The main church of city. It's located on big and spacy square in the centerif city. The temple dosen't look like typical orthodox churches, may be at the beginning you can think it is Catholic. It's really wonderful inside and outside as well. Of course if you visit Athens you must see this church.
Written March 14, 2020
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REDMAN
Egaleo, Greece4,196 contributions
An impressive and big church that you will find in the center of Athens. The epicenter of Christian religious celebrations.
Written February 22, 2020
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia40,274 contributions
Couples
We visited this church expecting to see a huge Cathedral, just like the ones we have seen in places such Milano, Rome, Paris, Seville, Madrid and many others. What a surprise, then, when entering to see how small it actually is. It looks rather largish from the outside, but that is a bit deceptive. Nevertheless it is a very lovely building with some stunning paintings and icons. It was built in the first half of the 19th century and it is the most important of all Greek churches, as it is the seat of the Archbishop of all Greece. It is the church where important religious and national ceremonies take place when important religious and political figures are present. We were lucky enough to be staying in Athens during this year's Easter celebrations and attended the services on Good Friday and Easter Saturday. They were absolutely magnificent, especially as there was a military musical band in attendance, as well as a group of sailors from the Greek navy as guard of honour for the Tomb of Christ on Good Friday. Fantastic! An experience we will not forget in a hurry. We visited the church several times and it was quite impressive. Entry is free, as it is in all Greek churches, in contrast to those in other countries, like Italy, England, Spain and so on, where you have to pay to get in. Worth a visit.
Written July 2, 2017
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Alka Varma
New Delhi, India1,071 contributions
Couples
This is the main cathedral of Athens . It’s in neoclassical architectural style. It’s situated in a very prime area near Plaka that your eye cannot miss it. This beautiful structure stands in midst of a square with beautiful trees and statues. One can just sit and admire .
We reached in the evening when service prayer was on . Beautiful singing and aroma of incense filled the inside of the cathedral. All are welcome. Light a candle if you wish or sit on the benches to feel the spiritual beauty.
The cathedral has beautiful art works on wall and ceilings and also stained glass which shines with the sunlight. There are two tombs of saints killed by the Ottoman Turks during their regime here.
We were told it was made from the marble
of 72 demolished churches. It’s construction began in 1842 and took 20 years to complete. It’s the cathedral church of the archbishop of Athens and Greece. It’s a Greek Orthodox cathedral. The entry is free and you can take photos without flash.
Written September 25, 2019
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Harald Gracholski
Cologne, Germany6,845 contributions
The Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens is probably one of the most glorious churches of Athens and probably the Orthodox world, as a matter of fact it is one of the biggest of its kind I have gotten to see so far. While Orthodox churches are, on average, far less pompous compared to its catholic relatives (at least from the external part of the buildings), it still commands respect from the outside, but even more so, when entering into the inner bit. It is easy to visit and easy to spot as it lies right in the middle of town. Not necessarily a destination of its own in my books, Athens has more culturally important landmarks to display, but still a very worthwhile sight, especially due to its ease of visit.
Written May 17, 2021
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