Archdiocese of Athens

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The Archdiocese of Athens is an archdiocese located in the city of Athens in Greece and is under the jurisdiction of the autocephalous Church of Greece.


See also List of Primates for the Church of Greece

The current Archbishop of Athens is His Beatitude, Ieronymos II (Liapis), Archbishop of Athens and All Greece.

Moments in History

Orthodox sites of pilgrimage

  • Metropolis Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Monastiraki
The 1862 Metropolis Cathedral dominates the Mitropoleos Square, which is in the heart of Athens in Greece, and is the archiepiscopal Greek Orthodox church of Athens.
The decision to move the capital of the young Greek state to Athens in 1834 made it imperative to build a large new cathedral here. Construction started in 1839 and was completed in 1863. Since that time, this building, decorated with fine murals and icons, has been Greece's most important church, used for official occasions.
Far more significant histroically and archaeologically is the small 12-century church of Panagia Gorgoepikoos (She who is Swift to Hear). It is known as the Little Metropolis and is a cruciform-style church built from marble and using reliefs and pieces of ancient and early Christian monuments. It is also known as the church of St. Eleutherios.
This tiny little church is often referred to as the little Metropolis since it is next to the Metropolis church of Athens.
  • Byzantine Church of Kapnikarea
Right in the middle of a pedestrian shopping strip of Ermou is the Byzantine church of Kapnikarea, which is dedicated to the Presentation of the Virgin Mary. It was completed in the 13th-century, and is a cruciform-style domed church which now belongs to the Athens University.
  • Monastiraki
  • Panagia Grigoroussa, Taxiarhon and Fanouriou, Plaka
Famous for its special blessing of the Fanouropita cake every Saturday afternoon.
Dafni Monastery is one of the most splendid Byzantine monuments in Greece. The 11th-century mosaics are considered masterpieces.

An 11th-century monastery located on the slopes of Mt. Hymmetos. The monastery was devastated by a huge earthquake in 1999 which damaged the cells of the monks and the bathhouse. In its peak, this monastery had over 300 monks.

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