St Paul's Anglican (Episcopal) Church

St Paul's Anglican (Episcopal) Church, Athens

St Paul's Anglican (Episcopal) Church

St Paul's Anglican (Episcopal) Church
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10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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Neighborhood: Plaka
Due to its proximity to the Acropolis, Plaka remains the area where the majority of foreign visitors stay and play. Its attractive features include small squares, some notable museums and the beautiful Mitropolis cathedral, as well as a host of places to stay, eat and drink. Its pedestrian zones make it a pleasant place to escape from the city’s notorious traffic. Adrianou and Kidathineon Streets contain a number of souvenir shops, offering classier items than you will find in the Flea Market. The most rewarding section to explore is the upper reaches towards the Acropolis itself, where many old stone houses with tiled roofs have survived. Up here you can find leafier corners and the odd quaint taverna with unobstructed views of the ancient rock.
How to get there
  • Syntagma • 4 min walk
  • Nomismatokopio • 7 min walk
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SoCalOregonian
Murrieta, CA9,812 contributions
Dec 2019
This Anglican Church located across from the National Gardens is constructed of stone and above the entry portal has a large stained glass window, above which is a small bell tower. In addition, around the church is very heavy foliage including numerous palm trees. We were unable to enter the grounds or church as the entry gate was shut and locked.
Written January 6, 2020
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Pauline and Ala... D
Etchingham, UK140 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
I have wanted to visit the church for a long time since my parents had been married there at the end of WW11. I attended the Ash Wednesday Service and was given a warm welcome by the Verger and the Priest. It’s a beautiful peaceful building with a lot of history, so we’ll worth a visit.
Written February 26, 2020
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Olearius
Alexandria Virginia80 contributions
Oct 2012 • Solo
Full disclosure: I attended St Paul’s when I lived in Athens 1985-89, so I am obviously biased in its favor. I have been back to visit several times since, but had not been to the church for at least a decade when I visited on 21 October 2012. I could not learn the time of the Sunday AM service before hand. I arrived at 9 AM for a 10:15 service but choir practice was just starting, so I was invited in. This allowed me to re-acquaint myself at leisure and take photos I would not have taken had the service been in progress.

The church has a long association with the British Embassy and community. Its chaplain and core appear to still be British, although the warden is an American woman and her assistant is a Nigerian woman. The congregation is primarily UK, US, and Nigerian. There has always been an infusion of tourists. People come in everything from suits to shorts. I recall the church declining to make an issue of cycling shorts by saying that if young people on holiday were going to take the time to come to church, they certainly wasn’t going to do anything to stop them. It was not unusual to see backpacks in the rear of the church. The Sunday I attended it was nearly full. In my pew was a couple from Kentucky who had just come off a cruise ship and a British businessman working in Athens. In front of me were a young Chinese clergyman and his wife from Hong Kong. The Kentuckians had found the church on line, decided to come, and were very impressed. The service is a modified Anglican format, familiar to anyone from the Anglican Communion, but not quite in the same order as the Book of Common Prayer used in the Episcopal Church. Father Malcolm Bradshaw is a warm welcoming personality who preached a good and in places very funny sermon. He has been there since 1998 or 1999.

St Paul’s is a church, not in any way designed to be a tourist attraction. There are, however, some features that visitors will want to note. It has an unusually large pipe organ with an excellent voice, and the acoustics are very good. It has a surprising number of beautiful stained glass windows for such a small church. On the north and south sides are windows which are memorials to Sir Richard Church. Born into an Anglo-Irish Quaker pacifist family, he left that faith to join the British Army. He joined the Philhellenes to fight for Greek independence, rising to become a general in the Greek military and to win a knighthood in his native Britain. One window was given by the British government and the other by his family. They use Old Testament themes to represent the struggle of the Greek people in the fight for their homeland. Over the altar are two windows memorializing three Brits and an Italian killed by brigands in 1870 in an incident known as the Marathon Massacres. The windows depict the name saint for each victim. Oddly, it is not now when they were given or by whom. The west window, over the door, depicts the birth of Christ and was given in 1960 by the Hill family of Athens in memory of a long time church officer, Arthur Hill. There are also numerous memorial plaques which collectively demonstrate Britain’s involvement in Greece over two centuries.

There is much more information about St Paul's as a church and historical site on the chaplaincy web site: http://www.anglicanchurch.gr/
Written October 28, 2012
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Nauplion
Seattle23 contributions
St. Paul's is a crowded, warm, welcoming community with a tremendous mix of national origins, very active in ministering to Athens. They are generously shepherded by the Rev. Malcolm Bradshaw.
Written December 24, 2010
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Tim T
Roissy-en-France, France216 contributions
Apr 2014 • Friends
St. Paul's Anglican Church is a beautiful church with a lovely Anglican service and one of the friendliest congregations my wife and I have ever encountered while traveling. It is conveniently located close to the Acropolis and we were able to attend the morning service and still spend many hours visiting the historic nearby sites. Highly recommended, if you are looking for a traditional Anglican Church in Athens.
Written April 27, 2014
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harfo32
Athens, Greece5 contributions
Oct 2011
Wow, it sounds great. What did you like about it?
The polished pews, the aroma bringing Britain to mind! It's very English!
Written March 27, 2012
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nagrath1964
Mahopac, NY16 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
We went to Palm Syunday mass at this Anglican church near the National Gardens. It was lovely, the congregation is mostly British expats, the priest was very friendly and gave a lovely sermon. If you are an Anglican or Episcopalian, it should feel like home. They are very welcoming!
Written April 23, 2019
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rafhellas
Glyfada, Greece113 contributions
Silence inside, mess outside very relaxing indeed in a busy area like the center of Athens!
Written March 3, 2012
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sharrongeg
Henderson, NV2,676 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
What a lovely small C of E in the center of Athens! We were warmly welcomed and enjoyed a chat with the priest (who haled from Ary, Scotland)

Such a joy!
Written June 18, 2019
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Vicar_of_Dibley
Toronto156 contributions
May 2018
If you're in Greece you have to see all the historic sights. There are hundreds of beautiful churches which are all a must see, especially if you're Greek Orthodox. They are all unique and beautiful.
Written July 30, 2018
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  • Tue - Sat 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM


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