Explore Athens' beautiful monasteries and churches and delve into the Greek Orthodox faith that continues to contribute to an opulent history.
Acropolis and Parthenon
The crowning beauty and glory of Ancient Athens, with its many monuments atop its rocky base, including the awesome Parthenon, the Propylea, the temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion, with its Porch of Maidens.
The Parthenon is a temple of the Greek goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their protector. Its construction began in 447 BC and was completed in 438 BC on the Athenian Acropolis, although decoration of the Parthenon continued until 431 BC. It is the most important surviving building of Classical Greece, generally considered to be the culmination of the development of the Doric order. Its decorative sculptures are considered some of the high points of Greek art. The Parthenon is regarded as an enduring symbol of Ancient Greece and of Athenian democracy and one of the world's greatest cultural monuments.
Ancient site of Corinth
In antiquity it was a city-state, on the Isthmus of Corinth, the narrow stretch of land that joins the Peloponnesus to the mainland of Greece
The systematic excavations of the area, are still continuing today and have brought to light the agora, temples, fountains, shops, porticoes, baths and various other monuments. The investigations extended also to the fortress on Acrocorinthos, the prehistoric settlements, the Theatre, the Odeion, the Asklepeion, the cemeteries, the Quarter of the Potters and other buildings outside the main archaeological site.
Ancient Site of Elefsis
Elefsis is a town and municipality about 20 km NW of Athens. It is located near the northernmost end of the Saronic Gulf .
In the Classical period of Greece, from as early as 1700 BC up to the era of the Roman Empire, Eleusina, or Eleusis, was the site of the Eleusinian Mysteries, or the Mysteries of Demeter and Kore. These Mysteries revolved around a belief that there was a hope for life after death for those who were initiated.
The Byzantine and Christian Museum, was founded in 1914 and houses more than 25,000 exhibits with rare collections of pictures, scriptures, frescoes, pottery, fabrics, manuscripts and copies of artifacts from the 3rd Century AD to the late medieval era. It is one of the most important museums in the world in Byzantine Art.
Church of Aghia Sofia
Aghia Sofia is an imposing church - there's no doubt about that. It was built in the 8th century and was meant to emulate the church of the same name in Constantinople/Istanbul. Like its namesake, it was converted into a mosque until 1912, when it again became a church. The dome has a spectacular painting of Christ on the interior.
Church of Aghios Demetrios
Aghios Demitrios (Saint Dmitri) was a third century Christian scholar who was martyred by Galerius and whose ghost has apparently appeared at several key battle sites. The significance of Aghios Demitrios has led to the construction of Greece's largest church on his birthplace in Thessaloniki. The church was converted into a mosque by the Turks, who plastered over its interior walls. When these were uncovered after the return of the church to the Greeks, it was discovered that the church also possessed the finest mosaics in Greece. The interior of the church is quite impressive and deserves more than a bit of time.
The Dafni was founded around the turn of the 6th century, Christianizing the site of the Sanctuary of Apollo Daphnaios that had been desecrated by the Goths in 395.
The principal church (catholikon), a fine monument of the 11th-century Byzantine art, is a cross-in-square church of the octagonal type surmounted by a broad and high dome. The church houses the best preserved complex of mosaics from the early Comnenan period (ca. 1100).
Delphi site and museum
Delphi known in ancient times as the navel of the world. Pass by CASTALIA SPRING, visit the archaeological site the Temple of Apollo famous for its oracle and the Museum of Delphi, with its spectacular finds, including the bronze Charioteer, the Naxian Sphinx and the Statue of Antinoos.
The Kaisariani Monastery or, more formally, the Holy Monastery of Kaisariani is an Eastern Orthodox monastery built on the north side of Mount Hymettus, in East Central Greece.
Established in the 11th century and is the most renowned and richest of all monasteries in the area. Its apogee seems to have been between the end of the 12th century and the beginning of the 13th.
The city was founded by settlers from Thassos in about the 6th century BC, who called it Neapolis (Νεάπολις; "new city"). Neapolis was a town of Macedonia, and the harbor of Philippi, around 14km away.
The Archaeological museum was built in 1963-64 by the architects D. Fatouros and G. Triantaphyllides, and contains the collection of Prehistoric items.
The Metéora (meaning "suspended rocks", "suspended in the air" or "in the heavens above" in greek) is one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos. The six monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pillars, at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Pineios river and Pindus Mountains, in central Greece. The Metéora is included on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. All of these monasteries are perched on high cliffs and accessible by staircases cut into the rock formations. They were created to serve monks and nuns following the teachings of the Greek Orthodox Church.
New Acropolis Museum
A marvel of architecture with a full exhibition of the glory of Ancient Athens.
Various attractions such as votives, artifacts of every day life, statues from archaic period, Caryatids, and of course the Parthenon hall with the metopes, the pediments and the frieze.
Ossios Loukas Monastery
Founded in the early 10th century by the hermit, Venerable Lukas, whose relics are kept in the monastery to this day. The hermit (who died on 7 February 953) was famous for having predicted the conquest of Crete by Emperor Romanos.
The main shrine of the monastery is the tomb of St. Lukas, originally situated in the vault, but later placed at the juncture of the two churches. The monastery derived its wealth (including funds required for construction) from the fact that the relics of St. Luke were said to have exuded myron, a sort of perfumed oil which produced healing miracles.
Philippi was established by the king of Macedon, Philip II, in order to take control of the neighbouring gold mines and to establish a garrison at a strategic passage. The site controlled the route between Amphipolis and Neapolis, part of the great royal route which crosses Macedonia from the east to the west and which was reconstructed later by the Roman Empire as the Via Egnatia.
In 49 or 50 AD, the city was visited by the apostle Paul during his second missionary journey. According to the book of Acts, he was guided there by a vision of "a man of Macedonia" (Acts 16:9). Accompanied by Silas, Timotheus, and Luke, Paul preached in Philippi. The Jewish community there seems to have been small, but Paul and his friends found Jewish women gathered at a river to the west of the city on the Sabbath. There Paul baptized Lydia, a purple dye merchant, who invited the missionaries to stay at her home (Acts 16:14-15).
Verghina site and museum
Verghina is a small town in northern Greece, which became internationally famous in 1977, when the Greek archaeologist Manolis Andronikos unearthed what he claimed was the burial site of the kings of Macedon, including the tomb of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great. The finds established the site as the ancient Aigai.
The museum was built in a way to protect the tombs, exhibit the artifacts and show the tumulus as it was before the excavations.
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