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Kaisariani Monastery (Kessariani)
Ranked #57 of 320 things to do in Athens
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This delightful little Byzantine church contains some interesting icons and the reconstruction of a monk's cell.
Reviewed May 28, 2013

Very interesting monastery in the heart of Himittos next to the city. Good restoration that reveals the byzantine atmosphere. Surroundings full of paths in the forest with plateaus for resting and relaxing.

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Reviewed May 26, 2013

It is a good place to visit with children, since one can combine visiting the byzantine monument with a walk in the forest, especially in the summer, when the rest of the city gets too hot.
The best time in the year to visit is on Good Friday around noon, because the Epitaphios is walked through the forest accompanied by a children's choir (for the specific time of the event one should check in advance). The event takes place early (instead of the night) because the forest closes at sunset (entrance if prohibited in the night).

2  Thank MarSahMarSah
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

The monastery in itself, although very old, is not really worth the climb - you cannot see much of it either, as it is still inhabited. But what is wonderful is to go to Kaisariani as all Greeks do, for the outing in the fresh, wooded slopes of Mount Hymettus, so peaceful and relaxing, although only a few minutes from the hustle and bustle of the polluted, congested city. You can take a walk and breathe the fresh air, take in the stunning views of all of Athens, including the sea at a distance, or sit down for a picnic (there are special tables/benches). The wood is not left to its own resources: it has been replanted after the fires of many years ago, and generally taken care of, so it's really a pleasure to spend a few hours there - you will walk or drive down feeling renewed!
Unfortunately, the lovely cool spring from which I used to drink in my childhood now has been condemned, because its water is no longer safe - a source of sorrow every time I pass by it.
Careful, the whole place is closed from sunset to sunrise.

2  Thank irmar
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

If you are interested in religious art and/or enjoy a walk in the forest just outside Athens on the foot of mountain Hymettos, go to the Monastery of Kaisariani and spend a couple of hours in the calm undistrubed nature and the silence of the monastery complex.

3  Thank Panathinaeos
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

What an excellent little trip to take from busy central Athens. Peaceful surroundings and absolutely beautiful architecture with fabulous views - and icons always lift the spirit if one knows how to look at them properly.

2  Thank albanman
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