Agia Irini Church

Agia Irini Church, Athens

Agia Irini Church
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permia
Ireland37,796 contributions
In the optimism following Independence from the Moslem Ottomans there was a concerted programme of church building. This great construct was started in the mid 1840s and the interior was finalised in the early 1890s.

Standing opposite provides a marvellous vista of the expansive edifice in pleasing hues of lightness. A double belfry bound a pediment of simplicity with only a circle of bas-reliefs at centre.

Stepping inside, even though only in ambient light, was to see impressive and inspiring features. A vista along the nave, bordered by columns and arches, brings one to the wonderful iconostasis.

Frescoes and icons are at the spiritual core of the tranquil extensive space.
Written April 1, 2020
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PJF60
Sintra, Portugal60 contributions
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It was the first time I entered an Orthodox church when a celebration was taking place. The beauty of the church is undeniable and I honestly felt at peace as you listen to the songs that 3 priests (or monks) sang. I did not understand what they said but the musicality allied to the beauty of the place captivated me
Written February 4, 2017
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,619 contributions
Friends
The "Agia Irini Church", built in 1846, is an excellent example of a Greek Orthodox Church in the Byzantine style and was Athen's main Cathedral for many years. It is located on the beautiful and busy "Agia Irini Square", with newly renovated neoclassical buildings, converted into hotels, bars, cafés and restaurants. Visit the Church, the Square and enjoy Athens' 2018 Summer hottest spot, with its cosmopolitan and trendy atmosphere. Enjoy!
Written July 6, 2018
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_johnjp65_
London, UK4 contributions
Solo
Lovely church in the center of athens. The church itself is beautiful, although what makes it so special is the square around it. It is full of cafes and restaurants in which to cool off after a long day of sightseeing. Great place in an even better location!
Written July 4, 2018
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B d A
Athens, Greece804 contributions
Friends
The area is profuse, commercial, 'Venetian', jewel studded. Pre-modernity structure ambiential, imposing, mystical, unique in the deprived and depraved ecclesiastical Greek capital. Despote the rhetorics Athens lacks a consistent ecclesiastical plumage. This is of its finest accoutrements to be a taken in consjunction with Kapnikarea, Chryssospiliotissa and some more remote edifices. Eclectic structure.
Written January 14, 2018
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia40,271 contributions
Couples
We had the good fortune to visit Ayia Irini Church during Easter week, during our two week stay in a nearby hotel, in Athens. It's a really lovely church with beautiful architecture features and icons. It's only about two minutes walk from Monastiraki square. It's surrounded by many other buildings, but there are many shops, cafes and restaurants in the area too. Very nice.
Written July 4, 2017
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Aris K
316 contributions
Solo
Agia Irini is a medium size church in Aiolou street very close to Monastiraki square. It has an unusual architecture that combines neoclassical, renaissance and byzantine style and its dark interior creates a very mystical atmosphere, as a dramatic light goes down from the windows of the dome. One of the most beautiful churches I have seen in Athens, worth visiting thanks to its high spiritual and serene interior. But make sure to dress properly, as shorts and mini skirts are not allowed inside.
Written June 18, 2017
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Veros G
Athens, Greece252 contributions
Agia Irini church is a medieval church which was damaged during the Greek war for independence. It was rebuilt in 1850 and is one of the oldest big churches of Athens. Its wall painting is very interesting. The atmosphere is a little claustrophobic and dark. It might helps praying. The decoration differs from other churches in Athens. Despite the vibrant bar coffee shop and restaurants around it, the church isn't very tourist friendly. Photos are forbidden and women with very apocalyptic dressing during summer may be prevented from entering.
Plan your visit during the morning Sunday mass.
Around the church's courtyard are many bar and restaurants which attract mainly regular customers and are affordable. I had a dinner and the place was full of locals and a few tourists. Definitely you won't find tourist traps like a few hundred meters further away. The area is safe for kids and seniors.
Written August 12, 2014
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Tasso P
Athens, Greece373 contributions
Couples
I find the church of St. Irini and its square an enchanting place to visit during your strolling in Athens. Located in a pedestrian area it is a pleasure to walk around it and discover old and new Athens. The church was built after the Independence of Greece in 1847, and marble and stone elements from old temples and byzantine churches were used during its construction and it was used as the first cathedral of Greece where the official celebrations by the 1st King of Greece, King Othon were taking place. The internal decoration is representative of the German Nazarene expression with murals (1884-88) by Thiersch’s student Spyridon Xatzigiannopoulos.

Next to the church you will find a lively square full of outdoors cafes, bars, and small bistros, open day and night, which have become the in place to be for the younger and older Athenian alike. Agia Irini can easily be reach by foot from Syndagma or Omonia squares or by metro (Monastiraki station)
Written June 2, 2014
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aroundtheworld247365
Cape Town, South Africa2,660 contributions
Solo
Calm oasis in a bustling area of Athens filled with bars and cafes. Nice place to find respite from the buzz.
Written September 16, 2019
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